Max E. Copsey, 91

Max Edgar Copsey, 91 of Albany, Ore., passed away Wednesday, April 4, 2012, at the Mennonite Home. He was a kind and gentle man loved by everyone who knew him.Max was born in Sargent Dec. 6, 1920, the son of Milton F. and Anna S. (Amos) Copsey. He was raised in Westerville and attended schools there.Max moved to Albany in 1940, and worked for Simpson Plywood. He married Ellen Moore Jan. 19, 1941, and in 1942 he enlisted in the U.S. Army. He served in New Guinea, the southern Philippines and Luzon. He was discharged from Fort Logan, Colo., in 1945.Max returned to Simpson Plywood until April 1946, when he started working for the U.S. Postal service as a letter carrier.Ellen preceded him in death in April 1957, and Max joined the church after her passing for their children to continue to be raised Catholic in her honor. He married Rosalie Wicks Jan. 1, 1958, in Eugene, Ore., and they made their home in Albany. He retired in August 1978. Rosalie preceded him in death in May 2004.Max enjoyed traveling, fishing, golfing and volunteering for various organizations. He was a loving grandpa who enjoyed attending his grandkids sporting events, especially basketball.He also enjoyed watching the Trailblazers and Oregon and Oregon State football. Max found great joy in having his great-grandkids around him.He was a member of St. Mary’s Catholic Church, the Elks Lodge, American Legion Post 10 and NALC.He is survived by son, Richard L. Copsey and wife Kathie of Tualatin; step-son, Ray Wicks of Kona, Hawaii; daughters, Sharon Miller and husband Richard of Springfield, Barbara Russell and friend James Harris of Portland, and Mary Fauth and husband Tom of Albany; 11 grandchildren, 14 great-grandchildren, and his very loving and dear friend Maude Patch.Max was preceded in death by three brothers, Alfred, Woodrow and John; and three sisters, Helen Datus, Mildred Guerney and Virginia Hyatt.A funeral mass was Wednesday, April 11, at St. Mary’s Catholic Church, with a cryptside service with military honors at Willamette Memorial Park Mausoleum.Memorials contributions may be made to the Albany Boys and Girls Club, St. Mary’s School or the Mennonite Village Foundation.Published in Custer County Chief, April 26, 2012