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Raymond Dixon Copeland Jr.

owner and operator of Copeland Funeral Home and Cremation Services in Coraopolis, Moon Township and Sewickley, Pennsylvania, died February 15, 2013, at age 92. Copeland attended Hamden-Sydney College of Virginia and graduated from Pittsburgh Institute of Mortuary Science in 1940. He enlisted in the Navy during World War II, serving as a corpsman and assistant chaplain on the attack ship U.S.S. Colusa in the South Pacific Theater. Copeland’s career in funeral service, which spanned 67 years and more than 20,000 families, began at Ritchey Funeral Home, Sewickley, followed by an apprenticeship at Brandt Funeral Home. He worked as an embalmer at Patterson Funeral Home in Atlanta, Scott Funeral Home in Rogersville, Pennsylvania, and Troxell Funeral Home in Coraopolis, which he purchased (now Copeland’s Coraopolis). Copeland also owned and operated an ambulance service and proudly served as a founding member of Valley Ambulance Authority in 1972, uniting local ambulance companies into one. He served the Pennsylvania Funeral Directors Association as district governor and was a member of Selected Independent Funeral Homes and the International Order of the Golden Rule. Copeland served on the board of Sewickley Savings Bank, on the Sewickley and Airport Area chambers of commerce and the Coraopolis school board. He was a member of Coraopolis United Methodist Church and held various offices there. Copeland was also a 60+-year member of the Kiwanis Club and a member of VFW Post 402. He is survived by children Jessica, Carin and Thomas; seven grandchildren; and a great-grandson.