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William J. Copelin

July 15, 1949 ~ April 9, 2021 (age 71)



William Joe “Billy Joe” Copelin, 71, of Pleasant Hill, Missouri, was born, July 15, 1949, in Beaufort, North Carolina, the son of Elias Joe and Edith Marie (Walbaum) Copelin.  He departed this life, Friday, April 9, 2021, at the Saint Luke’s Hospice House, Kansas City.

Billy Joe was a 1967 Ruskin High School graduate.  He served in the United States Air Force during the Vietnam Conflict. Following his time in the service he attended the Kansas City Art Institute and Longview Community College.

On April 3, 1971, he was united in marriage to Millie Ann Wells in Belton; they divorced in 2001.  On November 22, 2003, he was united in marriage to Dawn Marie Fischer in Grandview; she survives.

Billy Joe was Marketing and Communication Director for the Fike Corporation.  He was a member of the Faith Ministries Church in Grandview.  He enjoyed hunting, fishing, metal detecting, motorcycle riding, and was an avid photographer.  He most enjoyed spending time with family and friends.

Billy Joe was preceded in death by his parents.

He is survived by his wife, Dawn of the home; two sons, John (and Mara) Copelin and Matthew (and Michele) Copelin of Independence; one step-son, Sean Fischer of Raytown, Missouri; six grandchildren, Matthew, Jr., Jacob, Rylan, Paxton, Grace, and Michael; one brother, David Copelin of Van Nuys, California; three sisters, Doris Noonan of Los Canada, California, Christina (and Richard) Bagdazian of Brownsboro, Alabama, and Karen (and Reggie) Goodin of Reeds Spring, Missouri; other relatives and a host of many friends.

Visitation was held Sunday, April 18, 2021, at the funeral home. 

Funeral services were held Monday, April 19, 2021, at the funeral home.  Pastor Howard Carter officiated.  Private graveside military services and interment were held in the Missouri Veteran’s Cemetery, Higginsville.  Casket bearers were David Copelin, Jacob Copelin, John Copelin, Matthew Copelin, Matthew Copelin Jr., and Sean Fischer.  Honorary casket bearers were Michael Copelin, Paxton Copelin, and Rylan Copelin.

Memorial contributions are suggested to the American Diabetes Association or they may be sent in care of the funeral home.

Online condolences may be sent to the family at

Arrangements: Stanley-Dickey Funeral Home, 203 N. Armstrong St., Pleasant Hill, Missouri 64080 (816) 540-5550



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April 18, 2021

3:00 PM to 5:00 PM
Stanley-Dickey Funeral Home
203 N. Armstrong Street
Pleasant Hill, MO 64080

Funeral Service
April 19, 2021

10:00 AM
Stanley-Dickey Funeral Home
203 N. Armstrong Street
Pleasant Hill, MO 64080

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