Dr. Ronald Cope Harold Copenhaver

December 21, 1946January 5, 2014
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COPENHAVER, Dr. Ronald H. “Cope” 67 of St. Petersburg, FL passed away on Sunday, Jan.5, 2014 in Kindred Hospital, Tampa, FL. Cope was born on Dec. 21, 1946 in South Bend, IN to the late Harold & Armella (Rach) Copenhaver. Cope’s Education: 1966 – 1970 Cope attended Indiana University, Bachelor of Arts in Zoology, 1970 – 1975 he attended Indiana University School of Dentistry, Doctorate of Dental Surgery with High Distinction. Postgraduate Education: 1975 – 1976 University Hospital of Jacksonville; JHEP, University of Florida, General Anesthesia Fellowship, 1976 – 1979 University Hospital of Jacksonville; JHEP, University of Florida, Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery. Board Certification: March 1982, American Board of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery, April 1982, American Dental Society of Anesthesia, 1975 both the Indiana and Florida State Dental Boards, 1975 the Northeast Regional State Dental Boards. He moved to this area in 1975 coming from South Bend. Cope was an Oral and Maxillofacial Surgeon with offices in both St. Petersburg and Largo serving his community for 33yrs before his retirement. His Professional Affiliations: A member of the American Association of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery American College of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery American Dental Society of Anesthesiology Fellow American Dental Association Omicron Kappa Upsilon Honorary Dental Society Psi Omega Dental Fraternity Alumni Academy of Osseointegration Florida Society of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery Florida Dental Society of Anesthesiology Florida Dental Association West Coast Dental Association Pinellas County Dental Association Upper Pinellas County Dental Association. Publications: Copenhaver, R., Darbo, D., “Epidemiology: Study of Preventative Dentistry in Public Schools”, Journal of Indiana Dental Association, 1972, Copenhaver, R., Dennis, M., Scheffer, F., Glenoid Fossa Fracture and Dislocation of the Mandibular Condyle in the Middle Cranial Fossa”, Journal of Oral and Maxilloficial Surgery. 43: 974-977, 1985, Copenhaver, R., “Drills in Dente”, Journal of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery, Oral Medicine, and Oral Pathology, 1984. Cope is survived by his son Christopher Ronald Copenhaver and a brother Rickey Copenhaver both of Largo, FL and a step brother George Surguy of South Bend, IN. A Gathering Of Friends will be held on Friday, Jan. 10, 2014 from 3 – 4 pm with Funeral Services at 4 PM at the Moss Feaster Funeral Home, 13401 Indian Rocks Road, Largo, FL, Phone # 727-562-2080. Condolences may be offered at


  • Gathering Of Friends Friday, January 10, 2014
  • Funeral Service Friday, January 10, 2014

Dr. Ronald Cope Harold Copenhaver

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January 15, 2015

Jan 15th -2015

Still see all our memories of GOOD TIMES
(on the water )and (in the woods) doing what God intended us to do--ENJOY NATURE !!
Miss our Pal !!

The (MEL) Desha family !


January 6, 2015

Time flies as we reach the last quadrant of our lives here on earth. I am so proud of you, the things that you made of your life, the people you touched. I feel you near often, not as much as in the beginning, but still.

January 6, 2015

A year already. I remember our talks... We never met in person, but he was my friend. The pathology book he gave me is displayed proudly in my office.


January 6, 2015

Its so hard to believe that a year has already gone by. Your compassion, wisdom and humor is greatly missed. There is so much that you taught myself and others that will be carried on through life's journey. Hub Bub with the best Cope.

Gigi & Jim Starling

September 26, 2014

Dear Cope, We're going to miss you, a very caring and big hearted man. It was such a pleasure to have worked with you. Now you are no longer in pain. God bless you always.

Chris Copenhaver

September 8, 2014

Dad you are my dad I love you so much I miss you more than any thing I'm not done I have grown but to lat I need you here to see that I'm actually can sleep on rainy nights and practice the two rules in life golden rule treat others the way you want to be treated... If there's a problem with following that rule go to rule two ..just do right ... Responsibility imagination and have have fun ......I always had the last two there isn't a second that I don't think of you there is a piece of me gone with you gone I love you dad I know you are shill with me all the time. .......
Chris cope

PJ Brooks

June 28, 2014

Oh, Cope. So many good memories have flooded my mind as I looked at all the sweet condolences in your guest book. I hope you knew, even a little, of how much we all thought of and cared for you! Starting the practice with you on Indian Rocks Road was such a blessing in so many ways. Your love and tender compassion for our patients (who often came in scared but left comforted and healing) just made me respect you all the more. So many years later, when I resided in Florida again to take care of my dad, you came to the rescue. I called you because of the good work I had seen you do for so many and I TRUSTED you with my dad's care and you did not disappoint! Not everyone knew of your superlative generosity, but you showed it once again by taking care of Dad gratis. When I worked for you, it drove me crazy that you would "bend the rules" for folks who had insuance but had "financial issues", yet you taught me a lesson I never forgot; you humbly served humanity. Your heart was as big as the "hamhock hands" of yours (your expression not mine!) and you used those gifted hands for healing..I am sure the Lord greeted you with the words, "Well done, my good and faithful servant." You are one for the ages and sorely missed by all who really knew and loved you! Rest in Peace, finally, gentle giant. xo

Rosa H Robison

June 10, 2014

I didn't have the pleasure of meeting Dr. Cope in person, but I spoke with him on the phone many times and learned to love him and respect him. His kindness, sense of humor and enlightening conversation will always be remembered. It was an absolute pleasure to work with him as an oral and maxillofacial pathologist. My deepest condolences to the Copenhaver family.

Klaudio Alla

May 29, 2014

Had the pleasure to meet Dr. Cope while serving him as one of his patient care techs before starting medical school. In the short span of time I got to spend with him he inspired me to work hard but make sure I'm enjoying life at the same time. Thank you for the words of advice to navigate through life. I always carry them with me.
You will be missed dearly Dr. Cope.

April 3, 2014