Scott Aaron Koppenhafer
1984 - 2019
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Gunnery Sergeant Scott Koppenhafer died serving his country in Iraq on August 10, 2019. Scott was born February 13, 1984 to Dr. Gerald and Carla Koppenhafer of Mancos, CO. Scott's devotion and loyalty to his country, team, and friends was only surpassed by his love for his wife and children. He was a dedicated husband and father who balanced his life as a Marine to that of a family man, with enviable ease. For all the important work Scott did, and goals he achieved, Scott always believed his most important role was that of a father. Scott often spent his leave at home and never felt more at ease than when he was at work or play in the mountains of southwestern Colorado. Below is a statement from Lt. Col. James Rose, Commanding Officer, 2d Marine Raider Battalion, Marine Forces Special Operations Command.

"2nd Marine Raider Battalion, and the whole of Marine Forces Special Operations Command, have suffered a great loss with the death of Gunnery Sgt. Scott Koppenhafer. Even more so, his family is now grieving the unfathomable loss of their husband, father, son, and brother. For those that had the honor of serving with Gunnery Sgt. Koppenhafer, they knew all too well of his incredible love for his family. In keeping true to his title of "Marine Raider," Scott leaves behind a legacy of honor, devotion, loyalty, and selfless sacrifice. As the honor graduate for MARSOC's Individual Training Course 08-2, it was evident he embodied all that it means to be a quiet professional with an unconquerable spirit. He was a proven leader, mentor, and combat-tested warrior, whose decisive actions saved lives and furthered MARSOC's operational achievements. For his superior performance in combat, Scott was awarded 2 Bronze Star Medals with valor. Always wanting to challenge and better himself, Scott followed a somewhat untraditional path and chose to enlist in the Marine Corps after receiving his Bachelor's Degree from Adams State College in 2005. It was this same relentless pursuit of personal and professional excellence that earned him the 2018 Excalibur Award of Excellence, and the title of Critical Skills Operator of the Year. Our community as a whole joins the entire Koppenhafer family as we mourn this tremendous loss and honor the incredible life, service and ultimate sacrifice of Gunnery Sgt. Scott Koppenhafer."

Scott will be missed and is survived by his wife, Renae, and two children, Colt and Penelope; his parents, Gerald and Carla; brother Travis (Ashley); sister Kelleen (Travis); and 3 nephews, Grant, Augustus, and Michael.

A memorial service will be held on Monday, August 26th at 11:00 a.m. at the Elk's Lodge in Cortez, CO. In lieu of flowers please make donations to Dolores State Bank.

Scott Aaron Koppenhafer

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Published in The Journal on Aug. 20, 2019.
Memorial service
11:00 AM
Elk's Lodge
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August 27, 2019
Prayer Shawls 4 Fallen Soldiers ( is an organization (formed 2009) with groups throughout the country who work to send handmade prayer shawls and/or lap robes to families who have lost a loved one while serving our country. Members of Trindle Spring Lutheran Church of Mechanicsburg, PA would like to extend our sincere sympathy and to honor your loved ones sacrifice and memory by sending our prayers and comfort through a prayer gift. If you are interested, please contact me at with the names and addresses of those who would like to receive one and which gift they would like to receive. We will send our gift as soon as possible. Also, if you know of any other families who are grieving the loss of a loved on who died while serving our country, please pass along my e-mail address. May God bless you and comfort you in the days and years ahead. Sincerely, Lynne
Lynne Neibert
August 26, 2019
Our prayers are you and all of your family, may God give you comfort. We love all of you.
Foy, Carolyn Chandler
August 26, 2019
Our prayers are with you and all of the family. May God give you all comfort, we love you guys.
Foy,Carolyn Chandler
August 23, 2019
So very sorry for your loss,
Jeff, Jennifer Stewart
August 22, 2019
We are deeply sorry for your loss and grieve with you as fellow military personnel/family members who understand the sacrifice for the surviving family members to endure. Thank you for supporting his service and again we offer words of sorrow for you.
Debby, Nathan & Gareth Barton
August 21, 2019
Wishing you peace and comfort during this difficult time. My thoughts and prayers are with all of you. He was a true Hero.
Teresa Bibb
August 21, 2019
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