Kenneth Dywane Cope, 77, of Grove, went home to Jesus on Saturday, Jan. 5, 2019.
Kenneth was born in Eakly, Oklahoma on Sept. 18, 1941. His parents, McKinley and Hazel (Thiessen) Cope, preceded him in death.
Kenneth grew up near Eakly. He was saved and called to preach at the age of 14. In his 15th year, he preached 66 times, and was licensed at the age of 16.
Kenneth became a Pastor at the age of 18 in Marietta, Oklahoma. He also was a Pastor in Carmen and Cache, Oklahoma.
Kenneth came to Grove, July 1, 1967 as pastor of Lakeview Assembly of God. He remained there until July 3, 1994.
He founded the Independent Assemblies House of Worship in Grove in July of 1994 with his wife, Deena.
Kenneth preached his final sermon, December 23, 2018; just three days before he went into the hospital.
Kenneth had many hobbies. He loved his dogs: bird dogs, beagles, coon hounds and fox hounds. He enjoyed deer hunting, fox hunting, coon hunting (more than one of hunting buddies ended up coming to church with him), fishing, knife collecting, playing guitar, singing, whittling, and drinking coffee with his friends and spoiling his grandchildren. Many knew him, and requested his services as the “Cowboy Preacher”.
Kenneth dearly loved his family. Survivors include: his wife, Deena, of the home; one daughter Tonya Cope Law of Grove; one son, Kenton and wife Karen of Vinita; one stepson, Toby Sturgell and wife Jamie; one stepdaughter, Buffy Fink and husband David all of Shell Knob, Missouri; eight grandchildren: Luke, Derrik, Marika, Jerid, Ricquel, Harley, Tray and Stasha; seven great-grandchildren: Seth, Ally, Tyler, Travis, Ayden, Sage and Xaiden; one brother, Bill Cope and wife Gertrude of Carnegie, Oklahoma; many nieces and nephews and a host of friends.
Services took place on Wednesday, Jan. 9, at the Worley-Luginbuel Funeral Chapel with the Revs. Jacob Berry and Menno Miller officiating.
Burial followed on Thursday, Jan. 10, at Clio Cemetery in Barry County, Missouri with Brother Terry Bailie officiating.
Online condolences can be made by viewing Kenneth’s Book of Memories at www.honoringmemories.com.