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Joe Keith Copeland Sr., age 56, passed away unexpectedly on Saturday, January 9, 2021.  We lost a beloved husband, father, grandfather, and friend. He was born January 20, 1964, in Hampton, Virginia, to the late Robert Copeland and Marilyn Hover.

Joe touched the lives of everyone that knew him; he had a servant’s heart and lived to care for others. Joe was a dedicated employee at MEC for 34 years. He enjoyed spending time with family and friends, online gaming, watching football, attending Michigan State games, and late night trips to Meijer. Above all, Joe cherished his family and had a passion for spreading the Good News of Jesus Christ, his Savior. He was a loving husband, supportive dad, and the absolute best grandpa.

He will be missed by his wife, Diana Copeland; children, Melissa (Josh) Boggs, Joe (Jamie) Copeland Jr., Ashley Eyk, and Jennifer (Matthew) Barczak; grandchildren, Cierra, Auston and Braylie Boggs, Abel and Jolie Copeland, Brennen Ayers, Coralyn Eyk, and Hazel and Isaac Barczak; siblings,  Robert (Joanna) Copeland, Jackie Copeland, and Marilyn Hover; and many nieces and nephews.

Joe was preceded in death by his mother, Marilyn Hover; dad, Robert Copeland; and brother, Randy Hover.

A funeral service will be held on Thursday, January 14, 2021, at Corinth Reformed Church, 129 100th Street S.E., Byron Center, MI 49315, at 11:00 A.M. with Pastor Jason Nagel officiating.  Due to COVID 19 masks are required. Entombment will be at Chapel Hill Memorial Cemetery.

In lieu of flowers a memorial fund has been established.

We can’t wait to see you in Heaven and hear you say “I’m glad you got to see me again”. 

To send a message of sympathy to the family, sign Joe’s online guest book, or to share a favorite memory, please visit:

Funeral arrangements are entrusted to Michigan Cremation & Funeral Care, Grand Rapids, 616-452-3006.


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  1. Nichole Hobbs on January 12, 2021 at 5:18 pm

    Diane & Family,
    I’m so sorry to hear about Joe. He was a really nice and fun person to be around. Thinking of you. 💛

  2. Nathan Jackson on January 12, 2021 at 5:53 pm

    Sorry for your loss. Joe was a great guy. I will always remember him. Keep your head up. Prayers with you and your family.

  3. Vicki wright on January 12, 2021 at 6:01 pm

    Diane and family, Joe will be truly missed always a good laugh when he was around. Lots of healing prayers for you all.

  4. Jacqueline Syswerda on January 12, 2021 at 6:13 pm

    So sorry for your loss, Diane and family. I only met Joe a few times but I see why you chose him, Diane. He always had a painted smile on his face and was so tenderhearted and easy and comfortable to be around . Hugs and prayers to your family.

    Dan and Jackie Syswerda

  5. Missy &Eric Swinger on January 12, 2021 at 6:17 pm

    Diane , we are so sorry for your loss, Joe was definitely A One of Kind , he will certainly be missed by many .
    Eric and I both send our condolences and prayers for you and your family.

  6. Mike and Rachel Stebbins on January 12, 2021 at 6:43 pm

    Diane, Joe was one of a kind person. He was a great man, great friend. He will be truly missed. Our condolences to you and your family

  7. Becky lawley on January 12, 2021 at 6:51 pm

    Diane so sorry for your loss he is going to be truly missed he was a great person he was always very kind very willing to help you out in any way I will never forget the wink that he would give me a call me trouble every time he passed me by my condolences and hugs go out to you and your family through these rough and difficult times

  8. Marv Barczak on January 12, 2021 at 8:25 pm

    Diane, sorry for your loss. He was a great guy, and will be missed. Condolences to you and the family.

  9. Tammy Schaner on January 12, 2021 at 8:46 pm

    Diane I’m so sorry for your loss he looked like a wonderful man. My thoughts and prayers are with you and the family. God bless

  10. Jeff & Julie on January 12, 2021 at 9:58 pm

    Diane, so sorry for your loss. Prayers for you and your family during this trying time. I remember the day we went to see the Rock Show at the casino and we were looking for seats. You said, are you looking for seats? You were so gracious and said we have a couple, join us. From there it turned into a friendship. We have a lot of great memories with you and Joe. Thank you for your kindness. That is just who you and Joe were together. Love you! Will miss Joe. Xoxoxo Jeff & Julie.

  11. Rudi and Karen on January 12, 2021 at 10:39 pm

    Diane and Family, we are very sad to read the news about Joe . We loved spending time with both of you.
    You were an amazing team , We will truly miss him .
    Sending our thoughts and prayers . 🙏

  12. Kent and Marlye Ayers on January 12, 2021 at 10:46 pm

    Diane and family,
    Our hearts broke when we were given the news, we immediately sent prayers for you. Joe loved those grand babies, and everyone else he meant. We know you will all miss him deeply so we will continue to send prayers.
    With love

  13. Jim and Lisa Shoemaker on January 13, 2021 at 4:00 am

    Diane and family.
    Prayers and condolences to you all. Joe was an awesome person inside and out. He’ll truly be missed.

  14. Brian Hirdes on January 13, 2021 at 8:07 am

    Joe always had a way to make you smile or laugh no matter the circumstances. It was a privilege to get to know Joe and he will be missed greatly. Diana, you and your family will be in my thoughts and prayers during this difficult time.

  15. Dolly Moore on January 13, 2021 at 11:25 am

    Diane I was shocked and saddened to hear of Joe’s passing. The thing that comes to mind when I think of Joe is his larger than life laugh and smile. My heart breaks for you and I am keeping you in my thoughts and prayers.

  16. Dick Nielsen on January 13, 2021 at 1:35 pm

    Diane I’m so sorry for your loss. Joe, was a great person and a terrific employee. He was someone we could always count on and knew he would give his very best effort regardless of the situation. The man’s attitude and talent helped grow Center/MECC into an great organization. RIP Joe!

  17. Diane Vanopstall on January 13, 2021 at 5:21 pm

    We are so very sorry for the loss of Joey. Our thoughts and prayers are with you all. The Hover Family

  18. Yvonne Kersjes on January 13, 2021 at 8:16 pm

    We’re very sorry to hear about your Dad’s passing Melissa. He sounds like he was a very loving and caring man. Our thoughts and prayers for your family and a big hug for you, Josh and the kids. Love, Uncle Steve and Aunt Yvonne

  19. Emek Schab on January 13, 2021 at 10:09 pm

    Diane and family. I am sorry for your loss of Joe. He was truly great guy. Although I only knew him for few months, he made me immediately feel welcome at MEC. May God bless you and keep you in His loving care.

  20. Sharon Tubbs on January 14, 2021 at 1:09 am

    Sad to hear of Joe’s passing. I worked with Joe for many years at Center he was a very caring and good friend my prayers for you and your family

  21. Cyndi Vincent on January 14, 2021 at 3:19 pm

    Diane and family, I so enjoyed working with you both at Center Mfg. and was so shocked to hear the sad news. Please know Joe and his wonderful smile, generosity, friendliness and willing to be there for friends and family will also be remembered and cherished. Please know how very sorry I am and I hope the pain in your hearts will ease with your loving memories.

  22. Kathy Kowalczyk on January 14, 2021 at 6:40 pm

    Sweet Joey, I have many memories of his younger years. Always a smile on his face . I loved the sense of humor and the ability to make me crack up with laughter. I’m sure he has touched many lives with his beautiful soul. Rest peacefully my sweet cousin.

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