Frank Kopen, 86, owned auction, farmers' market

November 16, 2003

Frank Kopen, former owner of a Denton livestock auction and farmers' market, died of complications from cancer and heart disease Wednesday at the Annapolitan, an assisted-living facility in Annapolis. He was 86.

Mr. Kopen was born and raised in New York City, where he graduated from Thomas Jefferson High School and attended City College of New York. He was drafted into the Army in 1944 and was discharged at war's end with the rank of private.

In 1943, he married Phyllis Sneider, whose father owned and operated several businesses including the Caroline Sales Co., a livestock auction and farmers' market in Denton. She died in 1990.

In 1946, Mr. Kopen took over the business, which he operated until retiring in 1986. He had been living in Royal Palm Beach, Fla., since 1989.

Mr. Kopen was a former president of the Caroline County Mental Health Association and Denton Lions Club. He was a founding member of Temple B'Nai Israel in Easton and was also a member of Beth Israel Congregation in Salisbury.

He enjoyed golf, tennis, hunting, fishing and reading history. He was also an avid bicyclist.

"He rode his bike at least 5 miles a day until he was well into his 80s," said a daughter, Susan Kopen Katcef of Annapolis, who is a part-time reporter for WBAL radio.

Services for Mr. Kopen will be held at 1 p.m. today at the Hardesty Funeral Home, 12 Ridgely Ave. in Annapolis.

In addition to his daughter, Mr. Kopen is survived by a son, Michael J. Kopen of Royal Oak; two other daughters, Harriet Kopen Rubin of Annapolis and Ruth Kopen Field of Carthage, Mo.; six grandchildren; and three great-grandchildren.

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