FIFTY LAKES -- James Howard Copeland, 75, Fifty Lakes, died Saturday, Feb. 9, 2002, at home of pulmonary fibrosis and cancer.
He was born Nov. 24, 1926, in Fitzgerald, Ga., to Henry and Maggie (Owens) Copeland. He served in the Navy from 1942 to 1948 during World War II. He married Leona Matros on Feb. 16, 1952, in Portland, Ore. They lived in Glasgow, Mont., for 10 years before moving to Minnesota in 1966. He retired from Hunt Electric in St. Paul and Holden Electric in Brainerd as an electrical estimator and project manager. He was a member of the Pequot Lakes American Legion Post No. 568 and the Jenkins VFW Post No. 3839.
Survivors include his wife; two daughters, Deborah Theiler, Las Vegas, and Danielle Bethke, Crystal; three sons, Jim Copeland, Blaine, Tom Copeland, Minneapolis, and Todd Copeland, Fridley; 15 grandchildren; two great-grandchildren; a sister, Joan Reed, Byron, Ga.; and a brother, Kenneth Copeland, Columbus, Ga.
His parents and five brothers died earlier.
Services will be 11 a.m. Thursday at Immaculate Heart Church in Crosslake with Father Dennis Hoffman officiating. Burial will be in Minnesota State Veterans Cemetery in Camp Ripley. Military honors provided by Pequot Lakes American Legion Post No. 568.
Friends may call an hour before services Thursday at the church.
Arrangements are with Brenny Funeral Chapel in Crosslake.
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