Richard Benjamin Copeland Jr., 92, of Glasgow Missouri died December 16, 2020 at Glasgow Gardens. He was born in the home in rural Howard county Southeast of Fayette on June 4, 1928 the son of Richard Benjamin Copeland Sr. and Opal Charity (Hughes) Copeland. He married to Norma Jean Naylor on June 29, 1952. Richard was a member of the United Methodist Church in Woodlandville MO.
He was preceded in death by his parents, Richard Copeland Sr and Opal Charity (Hughes) Copeland; his wife, Jean (Norma Jean Naylor); one son, Thomas Ray; sisters, Lila Lawson and Joy Duren; brothers in-law, Harmon Lawson and Bill Duren.
As a young child Richard and his family moved quite frequently until 1941 when the family purchased the farm in Glasgow where he resided until his death. If they had not moved here, he would not have been able to go to high school. He did not attend 7th grade as there was no 7th grade class. The school was teaching 8th grade that year. He took the 8th grade twice. In 1942 Richard had the Missouri State Fair Grand Champion Hog for all breeds with a Chester White. He also obtained a State Farmer Degree. In his later years Richard received recognition for 50 years of participation in 4-H.
Richard was a lifelong Grade A dairy farmer. When he retired from the dairy operation, he started a beef herd and continued to farm until Jean was no longer able to help due to failing health.
He is survived by his children, Cathy (Bill) Thornton, Gary Copeland (Linda Riggs) & Colleen (Les) Wegener; 7 grandchildren, Christopher (Samantha) Thornton, Jessica Copeland, Janelle Copeland (Sean Blauvelt), Jennifer Copeland, Cody Copeland, Duane Wegener, Carl (Maeghan) Wegener; 12 great grandchildren and 1 great, great grandchild.
Memorials are suggested, in lieu of flowers, to either Woodlandville United Methodist Scholarship Fund Church or Hometown Homecare.
Funeral services honoring Richard will be held at 1 PM, Tuesday, December 22, at Woodlandville United Methodist Church, 9801 W. Wilhite Rd., Rocheport, MO with Pastor Karen Alden officiating. Burial will follow at the Fayette City Cemetery.
Visitation will be 5-7 PM Monday evening December 21, at Carr-Yager Funeral Home in Fayette.
For public health concerns attendees at the visitation and funeral service are encouraged to wear a face mask and practice social distancing where possible.
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