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Louis Coppersmith - January 16, 2014


Louis Coppersmith, 85, of Elsie, Neb. passed away on Jan. 10, 2014 with his family by his side.
Louie was born in on the family farm near Elsie on Sept. 1, 1928 to William Harlin and Chlora (Tatum) Coppersmith. He attended Perkins County High School in Grant, Neb. and graduated with the class of 1947. He spent his career farming northeast of Elsie.
Louie is survived by Virginia Coppersmith, to whom he was happily married for over 60 years. He is also survived by four children, Gene and wife Sherry Coppersmith of Lincoln, Neb., Eldon Coppersmith of Lakewood, Colo., Barb and Mark Stappenbeck of Colorado Springs, Colo., Larry and wife Kristine Coppersmith of Wallace, Neb.; eight grandchildren, two great-granddaughters and siblings Lena Newberry of Nampa, Idaho, Lynn Coppersmith of Seattle, Wash. and Lillian Hanson of Elsie.
Aside from his devotion to his family and friends, Louie had several well-known passions. He loved music, playing both piano and clarinet, and shared his gift of music throughout the area and at every opportunity.
He spent his life as a private pilot and was a member of the International Flying Farmers organization. He enjoyed square dancing, was well known for reciting cowboy poetry from memory and never turned down a bowl of vanilla ice cream. He and Virginia loved to travel to visit family and friends and attended many Elderhostels from coast to coast.
Mass of Christian Burial was Monday, Jan. 13, at Mother of Sorrows Church in Grant, Neb. with Rev. Mark Pfeiffer officiating.
Burial was at the Elsie Cemetery with a flag presentation by the Elsie American Legion Post.
A memorial fund has been established.
Bullock-Long Funeral Home of Grant was in charge of arrangements.