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Lester Coplen III

May 20, 1945March 16, 2020

Lester W. Coplen III passed from this life at his daughter’s home in Wichita Falls on March 16, 2020. He was 74 years of age. Lester was born on May 20, 1945, in Dallas, Texas, to Lester W. Coplen, Jr., and Ruth Long Coplen. He served his country proudly in the U.S. Navy, and worked as a Senior Sonar Tech from 1963 – 1972. He cherished his family and was a practical man who enjoyed bringing joy to everyone. He was lovingly called PawPaw Bill and Uncle Bill to those who loved him most. He was preceded in death by his parents; grandparents Lester Coplen and Willie Leslee Coplen; James Augustus and Ruby Cathleen Long; and brother Terry Lynn Coplen. Lester is survived by his daughter and son-in-law Leslee Anne and Mario Berreles, Jr.; grandchildren Josh Roach, Audrina Berreles, Adriana Farriell, and Renae Berreles; great grandchildren Levi Farriell Weston Farriell and Dallas Berreles; nephews Chad Coplen and Ty Coplen; niece Kim Coplen Green; the love of his life Laverne Beauchamp; her daughter and son-in-law that he loved like his own Diana and Guy Monagas, and their children and grandchildren; stepfather Hayden Parmelly; lifelong friend Butch Holland; numerous cousins; and aunt Kathleen Young. A celebration of Lester’s life is scheduled on Friday, March 20th, at 1:15 PM at DFW National Cemetery, 2000 Mountain Creek Parkway, Dallas, Texas. Online condolences may be left at www.hamptonvaughancrestview.com.


  • Graveside/Interment Friday, March 20, 2020


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Jeffrey Hotter

March 22, 2020

Thy word is a lamp unto my feet, and a light unto my path. Psalm 119:105 Take care Shipmate, have a good Journey to the Here After save a spot for me! May the Lord Be With You and Your Family. Jeff R. Hotter Shipmate

Al Collins

March 22, 2020

The USS Frank E. Evans Association extends our deepest prayers for the loss of Lester W. (Bill) Coplen III. He served his country proudly in the U.S. Navy, aboard the USS Frank E Evans (DD754) as a Senior Sonar Tech. Our hearts harbor a special place of remembrance for our shipmates. We thank You, Lord, for the life and experiences he lived through with all his generations of family and others. Many will miss this man and mourn.

Lord, we give thanks as You comfort all who mourn with a spirit of faith. May they forever remember, giving thanks for his life of family, service, love, and joy shared with family, friends, and neighbors; keep his memories of life close to their hearts and cherish them as a gift from God.

USS Frank E. Evans Assoc.
Chaplain Al

Larry Sutton

March 19, 2020

Bill was the first person I met when reporting aboard USS Frank E. Evans in February 1965. We quickly became best friends and I later joined him as a Sonar Technician where we worked together for the remainder of the year. I'll always remember those days as some of the best in all of my 23 year naval career. Bill and I reconnected about 10 years ago via telephone, and I will truly miss our conversations. So, rest in peace, shipmate. You will be missed.
Your friend, Larry Sutton

Bud Gentle

March 19, 2020

Although not close in our later years we were very close in early years. A dear cousin. Our condolences to the family and may God comfort you in your lost. God Bless. Allison and Bud Gentle