Robert Floyd Copeland, 84, passed away on November 6, 2018. He was born in Clay County, KS to Effie (McMahan) Copeland and Beattie Copeland on August 25, 1934. Robert married his high school sweetheart, Barbara (Chapman) Copeland on May 21, 1955. Together they raised 4 children. Robert worked for Graybar for 34 years; always setting an example of hard work for his family and those around him. He was preceded in death by his parents, Effie and Beattie; brothers, Joe, Don, and Del Copeland; and sisters, Edna Hatfield, Mary Goodin, and Viola Oberhelman. He is survived by his wife, Barbara; children, Randy (Lynda), Ron (Gina), Rod (Jean), and Rebecca; 10 grandchildren, 17 great grandchildren, 3 sister-in-laws, many nieces and nephews, and his church family. Services will be held on December 1, at 10:00am, Palm West Community Church, 13845 West Stardust Blvd, Sun City West, AZ, 85375. Memorial funds are to be sent to Palm West Community Church to be divided between the Angel Fund and the Valley View Food Bank.
August 25, 1934 - November 6, 2018
Referring to the dates from beginning to end
The first date of Birth, August 25, 1934
The next date, November 6, 2018 following with tears
What matters most of all was the dash ( - ) between those years.
The dash represents all the time he spent alive on earth
Now only those who love him know what that little line is worth.
It mattered not, how much he owned . . . the car . . . the house . . . the cash
What matters most was how he lived and loved . . . how he spent his dash.
He and his beautiful high school sweetheart, Barbara Chapman,
Married on May 21, 1955, happily married for 63 yrs
He was blessed with 4 children, Randy, Ron, Rod and Rebecca
He worked 34 years with Graybar (CO to IA, back to CO) and retired at 58.
They traveled 8 yrs around the continent from North Pole to Mexico, California to Maine
In their 38' home on wheels, meeting people and making friends along the way
Arriving in Sun City West, they bought a home with a patio on the 10th hole
After settling in their nest, they sought a wonderful church home.
His knowledge was unending with an answer for anyone who asked
He treated others with respect, showed appreciation to all
He never was quick to anger and patiently listened
He always wore an honest smile, spoke highly of everyone
He tried to understand the way other people feel
He always slowed down enough to consider what's true and real . . . .
Remember that this special dash may only last a while (84 yrs)
What matters is Robert's dash has left us with a smile!
13845 W. Stardust Blvd.
Sun City West, Arizona 85375