SPRINGFIELD - Prince Charming has passed. Vernon W. Copeland died peacefully at home on May 2, 2013, surrounded by those whom he loved and by those who loved him. His effervescent personality will be sorely missed.
His legacy will live on through his bride of 58 years, Barbara A. Copeland; his beloved children, Paul W. (Barbara) Copeland and Carl W. Copeland of Louisville, KY, Patricia A. Copeland and Catherine M. (Timothy) Warren of Springfield, IL; his treasured grandchildren, Ian J. Copeland and Kathleen R. (Billy) Bishop of Louisville, KY, Lacey N. Warren, Aaron W., William J., and Annie G. Copeland of Springfield, IL; and his cherished great-grandchildren, Brandon J. Ouanemany, Tristan R. and Ava M. Copeland of Louisville, KY, and Leah C. Warren of Springfield, IL.
Vernon was born on September 18, 1931, at St. John's Hospital in Springfield, IL. His childhood was spent in Buffalo, IL, and he graduated from Tri-City High School in 1949. On his 18th birthday that same year, he joined the U.S. Naval Reserves and served active duty for 2 years. During his time in the Navy, his orders took him to Philadelphia, PA, where he fell in love at first sight with Barbara A. Mink. They were married on his 23rd birthday, September 18, 1954. In his own words recently, "We are still on our honeymoon. I know that I got the very best partner, friend and lover that anyone could ever hope to have." During the summer of 1955, Vernon earned his Executive Secretarial Diploma from Brown's Business College in Springfield, IL, and was hired as a stenographer with the U.S. Secret Service. Four years later, he was promoted to Special Agent and transferred to Philadelphia, PA. He retired 23 years later after eight transfers, countless travels, and serving under five presidents.
He was a 50-year member of the Knights of Columbus and a member of the Bishop Griffin Assembly, 4th Degree.
His family and friends will continue the party that he started with his Positive Mental Attitude and a glass half full! He feels more like he does now than he did before!!!
Memorial Gathering: 12:00-1:00 p.m., Monday, May 6, 2013, at Cathedral of the Immaculate Conception.
Memorial Mass: 1:00 p.m., Monday, May 6, 2013, at Cathedral of the Immaculate Conception
Graveside Service: 1:00 p.m., Tuesday, May 7, 2013, at Camp Butler National Cemetery with military honors being conducted by the Sangamon County Interveterans Burial Detail.
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