Life Story for Lanis Jewell Copeland
Lanis J. Copeland, 98, of Springfield, MO went home to be with the Lord on December 9, 2017. He was born August 7, 1919 to Thomas “TJ” and Rebecca Maude (King) Copeland in Wild Cherry, AR. Lanis was the fourth of eleven children
Like his brothers and sisters, Lanis worked on the family farm either ginning cotton at the family mill, working at the family sorghum mill, or helping to tend the animals.
Lanis was an honorable man who served his country. He was stationed in CCC Camp, Camp Hedges in Mt. View, AR from 1937-1939; where he met and fell in love with Roberta (Decker). They were soon married and were blessed with three children, Peggy, Richard and William.
Lanis continued to serve his country in the 12th Field Artillery Battalion of the 2nd Infantry Division; landing on Omaha Beach on D Day +1 and he was wounded December 23rd 1944 during The Battle of the Bulge. Lanis received 3 bronze stars for his courageous duty and heroic action.
After the war, Lanis began learning the glazing trade in Durham N.C. before he and Roberta settled in Springfield MO where he eventually became the manager of the Harding Glass Inc.
He was a member of the Masonic Temple United #5, as well as a Shriner. He loved his family, his country, fishing and creating stained glass pieces
Lanis is preceded in death by his parents, his loving wife Roberta, 3 sisters and 5 brothers.
Left to mourn his passing is his children; Peggy and husband Carl Vance, Richard and wife Bertha and William and wife Kathy, 9 grand children, many great grand children and a host of nieces, nephews and countless friends. Lanis will be greatly missed by all whose life had been touched by him.
Family will receive friends and family on Friday December 15th from 1-2 p.m. in the Chapel at Klingner-Cope Family Funeral Home at Rivermonte, 4500 S. Lone Pine, Springfield. Graveside service will follow at 2p.m. at Rivermonte Memorial Gardens. In lieu of flowers, the family asked for a donation to Shiners Children’s Hospital, or a charity of their choice. Online condolences may be made at www.klingnerfuneralhome.com