WARREN EVERETT COUPAL

WARREN EVERETT COUPAL
Warren Everett Coupal, longtime Clay County farmer and cattleman, passed away Friday, Sept. 14, 2012. He farmed in Bloom Township for more than 70 years. The original farmstead was purchased by his great-grandparents, Patrick and Roxanne Card O'Harro, and has been farmed by five generations of the Coupal family.
Warren was born June 23, 1919, on the family farm, the only child to survive to adulthood of Willie and Thelma Nichols Coupal. He attended Pleasant View School and went to high school in Clay Center. He started farming with his granddad, Felix Coupal, when he was about 10 years old. Warren farmed a span of years that took farming from horse drawn plows and threshing by hand to air-conditioned tractors and combines. In the early 1960s Warren started raising Aberdeen Angus cattle. He took great pride in and devoted much time to his herd. Warren actively farmed well into his 80's.
Warren supported community efforts to bring electricity, better roads, a modern phone system, and school buses to the western part of the county. He helped build the phone line after it was approved by the community. His parents were among the first to have electric lights and running water in the house.
Warren and Betty Lorraine Carver were married May 16, 1945, in Clay Center. He built their home from lumber of his parents' old house in 1946. Being the end of World War II the windows, doors and flooring were of odd sizes. He redesigned the house plans to accommodate the different sizes. During their 67 years together, Warren and Betty were devoted to farming and their children. Throughout the early years of their marriage, they raised sheep and Broad Breasted Bronze turkeys. The children, Shirley, Jean (Virginia) and Doug (Douglas) were born in Clay Center and raised on the farm. Warren and Betty lived on the farm until about three years ago when he fell and became physically incapacitated. Betty remained at home and Warren moved into Medical Lodge in Clay Center.
Warren is survived by his wife Betty, daughters Shirley Coupal and Jean Coupal-Smith, son Doug and his wife Michelle; former son-in-law, Kevin Smith; grandchildren: Jessica Smith Young and her husband Jeff; Brenton Smith;  Kyler Coupal; Kinsey Coupal; and great-grandchild Isabella Young.
Red was Dad's favorite color and in his memory his daughters wore red.
Pall Bearers were family–Kyler Coupal, Brenton Smith, Jeff Young,  Jim Coupal, Kevin Smith,Ty McNeil; and friends—Carmen Tiers, Darren Adams, David Pfizenmaier, Brian Blackwood.
Funeral arrangements were made by Neill-Schwensen-Rook Funeral Home, Clay Center.
Burial was in Lincoln Cemetery, Bloom Township, in the family plot.

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