Willard Jay Copeland, 84, passed away January 30, 2017 in a Tulsa
Willard was born March 20, 1932 in Cherryvale, Kansas to parents Bernard
and Maude (Lewis) Copeland. He graduated high school in Coffeyville,
Kansas, then joined the United States Navy to serve his country during
the Korean Conflict. Following his military service, he went to work at
Reda Pump while attending business school.
On February 14, 1952, Willard married Barbara England in Las Vegas,
Nevada. Barbara preceded him in death in July of 1992.
After completing business school, he took a job with an accounting firm,
and then joined Cities Service in Tulsa, where he spent 23 years,
retiring in 1989.
Willard enjoyed woodworking, and the bookcases, tables, and many other
projects have become heirlooms that are cherished by his family. Willard
was also an avid square dancer, and he was a Past President of the North
East Square Dancing Association.
On April 22, 2003, Willard married LuAnn Rhode at the Wedding Chapel in
Survivors include his wife, LuAnn Copeland of Bartlesville; daughters,
Debra Malilong and her husband, Jaime of Ft. Worth, Texas; and Cindy
Balsly and husband, Ed of Ft. Worth, Texas; grandchildren, Jessica and
husband, Chris Malilong of Owasso, Oklahoma and Chris Balsly of Ft.
Worth, Texas; great granddaughter, Kendal Malilong of Owasso, Oklahoma;
step-children, Brad Rhode and wife, Patty of Wichita, Kansas, and Mike
Rhode and wife, Jennifer of Dundee, Michigan; and four
step-grandchildren, Courtney, Molly, Daralynn, and Kaylynn Rhode.
Feb 3 at 10:00 AM
Stumpff Funeral Home Chapel
1600 SE Washington Blvd
Bartlesville, OK, US, 74006
Memorial Park Cemetery
4200 Nowata Rd
Bartlesville, OK, 74006
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