Stolen statue of praying cowboy near Creston prompts Lincoln County investigation

<p><p>The theft of a statue honoring a legendary Lincoln County resident has investigators asking the public for help. </p></p><p><p>A three-foot bronze sculpture of a cowboy praying atop his horse was ripped from its mooring outside the Roadside Chapel near Creston sometime early Tuesday morning, according to authorities. The statue was a family gift to Deb Copenhaver, <a href=”https://www.legacy.com/us/obituaries/spokesman/name/deb-copenhaver-obituary?id=13091043″ target=”_blank”>an accomplished rodeo athlete and World War II veteran who died in 2019</a>. </p></p><p><p>“I just thought it was perfect for in front of daddy’s church,” said Deborah Copenhaver-Fellows, who sculpted the piece and is also responsible for Spokane’s Vietnam War memorial statue as well as the statue of Bing Crosby at Gonzaga University.</p></p><p><p>Deb Copenhaver built the Roadside Chapel in 1999. The statue was installed about 10 years ago, his family said. </p></p><p><p>Investigators have no leads or suspects, said Lincoln County Sheriff Wade Magers. </p></p><p><p>“It’s a good tribute to a great man,” Magers said. “It’s just a shame.” </p></p><p><p>Authorities are asking anyone with information about the theft to contact the Lincoln County Sheriff’s Office dispatch at (509) 725-3501. </p></p>