Frederick Kent Copeland, 84, of Bozeman died at peace early Sunday morning, March 8, 2009, at Elsie's Assisted Living in Belgrade after an extended battle with asthma, cancer and Alzheimer's.
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He was born Oct. 13, 1924, in Chicago, Ill., to Frederick Winsor and Polly (Packard) Copeland. He attended school in Winnetka, Ill., and Middlesex Academy in Concord, Mass., graduating from New Trier High School in Winnetka, Ill., in 1943. He graduated from Pomona College in Claremont, Calif., in 1950.
In 1943, he joined the 10th Mountain Division of the U.S. Army. He trained in Colorado and Texas and served in Italy, where he was wounded in the battle for Mt. Belvedere in 1945. He was honorably discharged from the Army in 1946.
In 1950, he married Emily Gray, a Pomona College classmate. They lived for 26 years in Ventura, Calif., where Rick worked as a salesman for Southern California Edison Company and Graybar Electric Company. Their five children were all born in Ventura.
The family moved to Bozeman in 1976. While in Bozeman, he worked for Curtis Industries until his retirement in 1988.
Rick had a lifetime love of the mountains and all they have to offer. He was an avid skier, fisherman, hiker and backpacker. He led his family on all of his favorite recreations, passing on his knowledge and love of the land to the following generations.
He is survived by his wife, Emily (Gray); his five children, Christine (Randal) Derham of Bozeman, Kent (Kara) of Boulder, Colo., Robert (Lisa) of Mercer Island, Wash., Andrew (Bonnie) of Bozeman, Caroline (Michael) Spinti of Great Falls; and nine grandchildren. He is also survived by his three sisters, Caroline Burke of Sierra Madre, Calif., Nancy Lissaman of Los Angeles, and Poppy Copeland of Boulder, Colo.; and by numerous nephews and nieces.
Rick has been cremated and his ashes will be scattered near the family cabins in his beloved Upper Clark's Fork Valley in Wyoming. There will be no memorial service beyond the memories of those who knew and loved him.
Arrangements were in the care of Dokken-Nelson Funeral Service; www.dokkennelson.com.
Dokken-Nelson Funeral Service
113 South Willson Avenue
Bozeman, MT 59715
Published in Bozeman Daily Chronicle on Mar. 15, 2009