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Hugh Johnston Copeland died peacefully at home surrounded by family on Nov. 25 after a short battle with cancer. He was 84. Hugh fully enjoyed his life. He was devoted to his family "" Parkie, his loving wife of 60 years; his children and their spouses: Valinda and Steve Yarberry, Kathy and Tom Brown, Rob and Cathy Copeland and Laura Copeland and Rich Scott; his grandchildren Ben, Andy, Noah, Megan, Aiden, Tyler, Megan, and Ryan. All of them will miss him and remember him with great love.

Hugh was born in Corydon, Iowa Jan. 27, 1928, and grew up in Des Moines. He attended Iowa State College, was a member of Delta Tau Delta fraternity and graduated in 1952 with a degree in Landscape Architecture and City Planning. At ISC, he met and married the love of his life, Parkie. He served in the Army in Japan from 1946 to 1948.

During his time in Japan, Hugh was influenced by the Japanese style of art which was reflected in his urban planning and design work throughout his career.

During his 40 years in Iowa, he established the Iowa Northland Regional Council of Governments and served as its Executive Director, designing and developing award-winning urban renewal and community improvement initiatives across Northeast Iowa. His work involved creating comprehensive plans for regional development of housing, transportation and highways.

Among his accomplishments that left a lasting impact on Northeast Iowa were the Rails to Trails bike project, the expanded system of lakes at George Wyth State Park, and the highway system connecting many towns and communities including Interstate 380.

In 1994, Hugh and Parkie moved to Green Valley, AZ, where he served as chairman of the Green Valley Planning and Zoning Committee for 10 years. He was an elder in the Presbyterian church and served as a Stephen minister. His strong belief in God guided him through life.

Hugh will be remembered as a pioneer and visionary in the field of regional planning, for his sense of humor, his service to community and church, and his love of travel, cooking, theater, art and nature and mostly his love for family and friends.

Celebration of Hugh's life will be Friday, Nov. 30, 10 a.m., Valley Presbyterian Church. In lieu of flowers donations can be made to Valley Presbyterian Church Mission Committee or the Carver Lab Center for Macular Degeneration, University of Iowa, Box 4550, Iowa City, Iowa, 52244 (or www.CarverLab.org/support), in care of Dr. Stone.



Published in Green Valley News & Sun on Nov. 27, 2012
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