Obituaries

Keith W. Coppernoll, 62

Keith Wesley Coppernoll was born January 9, 1959 in Grangeville, Idaho to Wesley and Judith (Warden) Coppernoll. He died at the family home on June 2, 2021 at the age of 62 after a short battle with cancer.

He was the 2nd of 6 children. His early years were spent living in Happy Hollow outside of Grangeville. He grew up around aunts, uncles, cousins and grandparents. He enjoyed many grand adventures with them exploring and getting into mischief.

The family moved to Cottonwood where Keith attended Prairie Schools, graduating in 1977.
During high school he worked at the Texaco service station and with his father logging.
After high school he worked at many different jobs, including Seubert Excavators, learning lots of new skills and mastering them all. He then began his career in the logging industry and was blessed to work alongside his father and brother. He was able to work throughout the Northwest and foster his unending thirst for adventure. In the late 1990’s the family decided to try their hand at building log homes. They went from small hunters’ getaways to beautiful, hand- crafted homes. He loved many things about his job, being in the mountains, working alongside his family, but the best thing was his office view.

Keith gave his heart and life to the Lord and was devoted to Him above all things. He became a credentialed minister through Grace International and served as Associate Pastor at Church on The Rock in Grangeville for 12 years. Keith’s faith sustained him through his battle and was a witness to his family about the power and peace of God.

Family was important to Keith, and he loved spending time with family and friends. Whether it was sitting around the campfire in the mountains, camping, hunting, hiking or fishing. Spring break trips with the boys were always an adventure as he never wanted to travel on the freeway, but always looked for the roads less traveled. The last few years he became an avid fan of Prairie Pirate football and track.

Keith and Aleta Sonnen were married Jan 23, 1999, in Dixie, Id. She survives at the family home. His biggest pride and joy were his 7 children. Sons Luke (Heather) Coppernoll, Josh Coppernoll, Jared Coppernoll and Matt Coppernoll. Jeff (Samantha) North and Aaron (Aimee) North. Daughter Brittany (Ken) Pew. God blessed him with 11 grandkids.

He is also survived by his parents Wes and Judy. Sisters Sherry Riener, Abbie (Scott) Tiede, Carol (Jan) Sager and brother Jerry (Kim) Coppernoll. And many cherished nieces and nephews.

He was preceded in death by his precious sister Bonnie Coppernoll and mother-in-law, Mardel Sonnen.

A memorial service will be Saturday, June 12th at 2:00 pm at Emmanuel Baptist Church in Cottonwood, followed by a graveside service at Cottonwood Community Cemetery. A dinner will follow at Keuterville Hall. Arrangements are under the direction of the Blackmer Funeral Home, Grangeville. Send condolences to the family to blackmerfuneralhome.com

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  • Theresa Wessels says:

    Aleta, my heart hurts for you and your children. The obituary speaks to Keith’s adventure, love of God, and love of family. I wish I had known him. The Coppernolls moved to Cottonwood after I moved away, but my brother, Larry, dated Abbie in high school so I often listened to his stories about the family. It just seems like he was taken away too soon, so young! I send you my love and prayers during this challenging time. I pray that the love of family and friends will help fill the emptiness in your heart. You are blessed to have all your sisters and Dad close by to give you comfort and strength! Blessings to you all, Theresa Wessels

  • Curt & Elaine Brewer says:

    Aleta: Keith and family built our log cabin here in Dixie. As we got to know him he would tell us a few stories and we always ended up having a good laugh.
    Keith told us about the love he had for the Lord, and I loved talking with him about God, he mentioned how blessed he was to work in the woods with his family.
    We have the Coppernoll spirit in our cabin. Every time we walk down our log steps we think of Keith and smile, pleased and blessed by his God given talents.
    He will truly be missed.

  • Betsy R Walker says:

    Deepest Sympathies, Knew Keith as a young man of the teen years. We would gather up the kids from Stites, Kooskia, Kamiah and come to the Cottonwood dances. Never missed very many. A good time was had by all. Always kept my ear to the ground in news of what the Coppernolls were up to. Had high hopes of listening to this young man preach. Blessed were those to have such a fella as Keith pass thru their lives. Hold each other close, take one more step, breath that deep breath. He will be there in your heart not very far away. Thinking of you all,
    Sincerely,
    Betsy Harding Walker

  • Bob Mangold says:

    God Bless you Keith and your fine family..Peace Sir..

  • Anna Prentice says:

    Keith was my brother in law. Wonderful man he will be missed. God bless the family and prayers to all.

  • Vance Chaffee says:

    Really sorry to hear about Keith. He was a great man. Thoughts and prayers to the whole family.

  • Kevin Rehder says:

    May God bless and console Aleta and her family through this sorrowful time. Keith was a classmate of mine and a great guy. May he now enjoy all of the new adventures with his creator in Heaven. Rest In Peace Keith. Kevin and Kathy Rehder

  • Audrey Wasem says:

    My deepest sympathy in your loss. Keith was a kind man.

  • Summer Wilbanks says:

    may his soul continue to smile by your side forever and always.

  • Lorrie Nelson says:

    Many prayers for you and the famiky

  • Donald Harrison says:

    Aleta, I cannot describe how much Keith meant to me as a young man. I felt like part of the family.. I am so glad he found Jesus! I cannot wait to hang out with him again in heaven. Deanna and I are praying for you and the kids.

  • Frances Conklin & Denis Sullivan says:

    Aleta – We extend our sympathies and thoughts of you & your family at this most difficult time. Remain strong and welcome the smiles when they return naturally. Very kind regards.

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