ELDORADO - Rachel’s life began on March 13, 1945, in Manistique, Michigan the daughter of Chester Charles and Eva Lucille (Troyer) Osborne.
Growing up, Rachel’s family lived in Germfask, Michigan, and Kouts, Indiana, before settling in Hesston.
She graduated from Hesston Academy, two years at Hesston College and received her teaching degree at Emporia State University. She received her Master’s degree from Wichita State University and enjoyed a long career as a Special Education teacher.
She married Ronald G. Koppenhaver on Aug. 21, 1965, in Hesston, and together they lived in Harrisonburg, Virginia, Hesston and El Dorado.
Rachel is fondly remembered for her nurturing nature: as the middle child of seven, helping her mother look after the household; in supporting and adopting the interests of her husband and children; by guiding the growth of the countless students she taught; through her love of natural beauty and her passion for gardening; in her respect for learning and knowledge; and, always, in her care for those around her.
Rachel was preceded in death by her parents; husband, Ron in 2012; siblings, Conrad Osborne (Lila) and Grace Osborne.
Her survivors include her children; Chris Koppenhaver and his wife, Kristi of Overland Park, Patrick Koppenhaver and Megan Parsley and her husband, Timm Gaughan all of El Dorado; siblings and their spouses, Zonda Befort (Lloyd) of Mazeppa, Minnesota, Phil Osborne (Sue Lafferty) of Evanston, Illinois, David Osborne (Sena) of Hesston and Stan Osborne (Beth) of Wichita; grandchildren, Avery Parsley, Simon and Elliot Koppenhaver.
Her family and friends held a life celebration service Oct. 16, at the First Presbyterian Church in El Dorado with Rev. Dr. Robyn Abel officiating.
Please sign her online guestbook and leave a memory of Rachel at www.carlsonkirbymorris.com