Donald Kopperud

Donald Gary Kopperud, age 80, of Swift Current SK, passed away Thursday November 9, 2017, at Swift Current. The funeral service was held at 1:30 p.m., November 15, 2017 from St. Olaf Lutheran Church with Pastor Linda Hall officiating. The eulogy was read by grandson, Brian Johnston. The urn bearer was Darren Larson. The ushers were Mike Peters and Pat Thibault. The interment service will be held at a later date. Honorary pallbearers were all those who knew and loved him. Donald is survived by his spouse, Lucille; children, Roxanne (Don) Chesney, Greg Kopperud, Susan (Dwayne) Larson, Joanne and Carolyn; grandchildren, Darren (Melanie), Brian (Brittany), Jennifer (Jamie), Chris, Nicole, Cherise (Derek), Melissa, Justin, Jayme, Jessica, Samantha, Victoria and Ty; 11 great-grandchildren; and sisters, Sharon Peters, Karen (Eugene) Sawchyn and Beryl (Cliff) Moe. He was predeceased by his parents, Julian and Grace Kopperud; sons, Gary and Jeff; granddaughter, Shannon; brother, Jerome; and grandparents, Thorvald and Charlotte Hansen and Ole and Karen Kopperud. Donald was born in Kincaid SK on August 15, 1937. He attended school at Cadillac, Outlook LCBI and Moose Jaw Tech School. He married Lucille Thibault on July 27, 1957 in Ponteix SK. Donald was employed at the Royal Bank, Melhoff Electric (30 years), Kimco Controls, and farmed with his dad and brother on the family farm in Cadillac. Donald was the past grand noble in the Independent Order of Oddfellows, the past president of the Swift Current Kinsmen Club, founding member of Kinsmen Telemiracle "One" Board, past project chairman of the Kinsmen Provincial Executive and coached minor league hockey and baseball teams. Donald was interested in carpentry, family vacations to BC, camping, ham radios, hunting and fishing, dancing and jiving to Elvis Presley music with Lucille!, farming, and loved playing with the grandkids and then great-grandkids! He was always fixing things for everyone - a jack of all trades! He would read the Leader Post from front to back, played cards with family friends, watched western movies and loved old comics. Donald loved playing hockey, and once played against Gordie Howe when going to school in Outlook. He even played for the NHL (Notukeu Hockey League)! Donations in Donald's memory may be made to the Kinsmen Telemiracle 2018. Warren's Funeral Home were entrusted with the arrangements. For further information call 306-773-8831 or 1-800-267-6606 or visit our website at www.warrensfuneralhome.com and express your sympathy to family members in our book of condolences.

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