Dale Copenbarger, 83 of rural Mt. Auburn passed into the arms of the Lord at 6:15 p.m. on Saturday, May 27, 2023, in his home. He was born on January 9, 1940, to Robert and Temperance Copenbarger at their farm. He married his high school sweetheart Erma Harter on March 23, 1960, and they enjoyed 63 years and 2 months together. They had two children, Dale and Robin. He was a lifelong member of Berea Christian Church where he taught Sunday School, was the assistant superintendent, deacon and at the end was an elder of the church. Dale was a sponsor for the CYF for many years taking them on trips and campouts. He worked for Dekalb Seed for several years and then began farming. He served in the United States Army for 6 years. He was always good at lending a helping hand to anyone who needed it.
He is survived by his wife: Erma Copenbarger of Rural Mt. Auburn, IL; son: Dale Copenbarger; daughter: Robin (Jerry) Casteel; granddaughter: Keri (James) Kemp; brother: Marvin (Shirley) Copenbarger and several nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by his parents, three sisters and one brother.
Graveside service will be held on Thursday, June 1, 2023, at 11:00 a.m. at Berea Cemetery in rural Mt. Auburn with Pastor Mike Smith officiating and military graveside honors.
Memorials may be made to Berea Christian Church or to the donor’s choice. The family asks that everyone wear casual clothing to the service.
Sutton Memorial Home in Taylorville is assisting the family with arrangements.