Wednesday, February 19, 2020. Beloved husband of Toni Brooks; dear father of Angela Muegge and Natalie (Ryan) Chambers; dear grandfather of Sophia “Pea Pot,” Henry “Baby Man” and Dominick “Jay Bird”; dear brother of Mary Lee (Frank) Zak, Audrey (Kurt) Braune, and Karla (Dennis) Lindhorst; our dear brother-in-law, uncle, cousin and friend to many.
Services: Funeral from Kutis Affton Chapel, 10151 Gravois, Sat., Feb. 22, 10 a.m. Interment Park Lawn Cemetery, 1800 Lemay Ferry Rd. 63125. Member of St. Louis County Police Business Association, Affton Chamber of Commerce, St. Louis County Planning Commission and The Blue Knights. Contributions to St. Jude Children’s Hospital, 501 St. Jude Place, Memphis, TN 38105 (www.stjude.org), appreciated. Visitation Fri. 4-9 p.m.
Blue Knights Missouri III member, JR Copeland, transferred to Heaven I on Friday, January 31, 2020 surrounded by his family, friends and his faithful companion, Sarge. He was 68 years old. He was a deputy sheriff in both Lincoln and St. Charles Counties (later known as the St. Charles County Police Department) and retired in 2018. He served as a bomb technician, a motorcycle officer, a DARE Officer, and with the K-9 unit with his dogs, Samson and Aran. He was a member of the police motorcycle officers’ organization, the Blue Knights.
Survivors include one son, Jeff Copeland and his wife, Dee, of Lake St. Louis, MO; and one daughter, Natalie Copeland and her fiancé, Colby Harrison of Blue Springs, MO. JR also leaves two brothers: Bob Copeland and his wife, Joann, of Elsberry, MO, and Ed Copeland and his wife, Patty, of Cottleville, MO; three sisters: Diane Bishop of Fulton, MO, Donna Usery and her husband, Don, of St. James, MO, and Darlene Fields and her husband, Bob, of Falcon, MO; his Lady Knight, Deb Garner and his beloved dog, Sarge; several nieces, nephews, other relatives and many friends.
They shall grow not old as we that are left grow old.
Age shall not weary them nor the years condemn
At the going down of the sun and in the Morning
We will remember them.– Lawrence Binyon
Transfer to Heaven I from Missouri III:
Charter member Neal Mercille lost his courageous battle will leukemia this morning (Jan 5, 2018). Neal transferred to MO III from IL XIII (our mother chapter) when we formed. He was a retired motorman from the Bridgeton Police Department and Vietnam Veteran (USMC). Other than being a motorman; one of his proudest accomplishments was his Police Explore Post. Keep Neal, his wife Mary, his family, colleagues, and many friends in your thoughts and prayers. His quick smile and laugh will be greatly missed.