PROPHETSTOWN – Dr. Francis W. Copeland, 95, of Prophetstown, died Sunday, Dec. 17, 2017, at Iowa Masonic Home in Bettendorf, Iowa. He was a veterinarian.
He was born Sept. 23, 1922, near Yorktown, Iowa, the son of Harry W. and Emma (Meyers) Copeland. He grew up in rural Shenandoah, Iowa, and was a graduate of Iowa State University. Francis was a proud veteran of World War II, having served in the Army Air Corps as a P-38 pilot. He farmed after the war, and continued his education going back to college, earning his degree in veterinary medicine. He married the former Eleanor Heinrich. He and his family moved to Prophetstown in 1958, and began his practice there, retiring in 1987.
Survivors include his son, Rod W. (Linda) Copeland of Prophetstown; his daughter, Jane (Jeff Miller) Chiappinelli of Bettendorf, Iowa; two grandchildren, Elena (Bob) Casper and Evan Chiappinelli; and one great-granddaughter, Lilliana Casper.
He was preceded in death by his parents; his brother, Verral H. Copeland; and his sisters, Fern Otte and Dorthy Hughes.
There will be no visitation. Graveside service with military honors will be at 11 a.m. Thursday at Riverside Cemetery in Prophetstown, with the Rev. Daniel Behmlander, pastor of Good Shephard Lutheran Church, officiating. McDonald Funeral Home in Prophetstown is handling arrangements.