ATHOL -- Funeral services for Thomas Copeland were held Monday, Feb. 18, 2013, in the Fiske-Murphy & Mack Funeral Home, Orange.
Rev. Beverly Prestwood Taylor, pastor of the Athol Congregational Church, officiated.
Staff Sgt. Melendez presented Mrs. Copeland with the Purple Heart.
Eulogies were read by Terry Soutiere and De White.
Burial with full military honors followed in Silver Lake Cemetery, Athol.
Pall bearers were Jason White, Sarah White, Jim Garner, Terry Soutiere, George White and Dave Butler.
Fiske-Murphy & Mack Funeral Home, 110 New Athol Rd., Orange, directed arrangements.
ATHOL -- Thomas Copeland, 89, of 415 Silver Lake St., died Thursday, Feb. 14, 2013, at home.
He was born in Rindge, N.H., on July 25, 1923, the son of the late Thomas S. and the late Esther V. (Nelson) Copeland.
Mr. Copeland grew up in Warwick and Athol.
He entered the Army and was assigned to the Americal Division of Infantry, the first Army unit overseas during World War II. He received the Bronze Star with five battle stars, and most recently was presented with the Purple Heart for his sacrifices to his country. He received his G.E.D. from the New Salem Academy after returning from the service.
He worked for the Civil Conservation Corps for several months as well as the Tyler Glass Worcester Boys Trade School, Wyman & Gordon and the L. S. Starrett Company for 28 years.
Mr. Copeland was scout master of Troop 16 for four years, meeting at the Athol American Legion Post 102. He was also a talented craftsman.
Mr. Copeland was a life member of the American Legion, Post 102, past Commander from 1973 to 1974, Athol Veterans of Foreign Wars, Disabled American Veterans Chapter 46, past Commander (five times), was their past longtime chaplain, and was a member of the Starrett 25 Year Club. He was a member of the Athol Congregational Church, AARP, trip chairman and past president, and the Golden Agers past president.
He leaves his wife of 61 years, Florence R. (Boutelle) Copeland of Athol; his sons, Fran White and his wife De of Athol, and Terry Soutiere of Acton, Ontario, Canada; a brother, William V. Copeland of Vancouver, Wash.; and cousins, Jim and Carole Garner of Phillipston.
He was predeceased by his brother, George H. Copeland, and by his sister, Anna R. Condon.
Funeral services will be held Monday, Feb. 18, at 10 a.m., in the Fiske, Murphy & Mack Funeral Home, 110 New Athol Rd., Orange.
Burial will follow with full military honors in Silver Lake Cemetery.
Calling hours will be held Sunday, Feb. 17, from 2 to 4 p.m., at the Fiske-Murphy & Mack Funeral Home, 110 New Athol Rd., Orange.
In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to the Disabled American Veterans Chapter 46, P.O. Box 746, Athol, Mass. 01331, or to the American Cancer Society, 30 Speen St., Framingham, Mass. 01701.
For more information or to sign the online guest book, visit www.fiskemurphymack.com.