Obituary published Sept. 20, 2013, in The Mexico Ledger
Howard Raymond Copeland was born on Sept. 7, 1923 in Moberly, MO to Carl Raymond and Rosa May Copeland. He passed away peacefully with his daughter by his side at his home in Sun City West, AZ on Sept. 17, 2013.
Howard grew up in Moberly, Mo. and attended Moberly High School, where he played on the basketball and baseball teams. He was a student at General Motors Institute in Flint, MI from 1941 to 1943, and then University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, where he received a B.S. in Mechanical Engineering in 1948. While at Univ. of Michigan, he was a member of the University marching band.
His education was interrupted by service in the U.S. Marine Corps and Marine Reserve as a 2nd Lieutenant from 1943 to 1946.
In 1946, he joined A.P. Green Refractories, working as a Sales Engineer in Mexico, MO, Woodbridge, NJ, New York, NY, Philadelphia, PA, and San Francisco, CA.
He married Doris Dillard in Mexico, MO in 1949. They had a son Bruce and daughter Julia.
Between 1951 and 1953 he was called back into the U.S. Marine Corp as a 1st Lieutenant.
Howard continued work at A.P. Green Refractories. After a period as President of the Canadian subsidiary of A.P. Green Refractories in Mississauga, Ontario, he returned to Mexico, MO as Senior Vice President of A.P. Green Refractories.
During retirement, Howard and his wife lived for several years in Chesterfield, MO before moving to Sun City West, AZ in 1993.
He was an avid golfer. He was also an active member of the First Presbyterian Church in Mexico, MO and Desert Palms Presbyterian Church in Sun City West, AZ. He had a lifelong love of music and played guitar, baritone horn, and violin and sang for many years in the choir of both churches.
He is survived by his wife Doris, son Bruce and family, and daughter Julia and family.
A memorial service will be held Friday, Sept. 20th at 2:00 PM at Desert Palms Presbyterian Church in Sun City West, AZ. Donations can be made to Desert Palms Presbyterian Church or to the U.S. Marine Corps Reserve 'Toys for Tots' program.