Hillside Funeral Home West

2929 West 13Th Street North, Wichita, KS


Drexel Leon Copeland

September 14, 1936September 29, 2019

Remember Leon Copeland. On the 29th day of September, 2019, Leon left his earthly home to be with his Heavenly Father. He was born in Wild Cherry, Arkansas on September 14, 1936. Leon was preceded in death by his mom and dad, 6 brothers and 3 sisters. He leaves behind his brother, Thomas K. Copeland and brother-in-law, J.W. McVey, sister-in-law Marvene Copeland and numerous cousins, nieces and nephews. Leon was retired from Lear Jet, Hawker Beech and Beech as a computer programmer. Leon will be missed. At Leon's request no service will be held.


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Janet Chadd

October 11, 2019

Uncle Leon was such a constant in my life, especially while I was growing up. He and Gloria taught me to play bridge and other card games. They gave me my first stereo when I was 13. They were at our house once or twice a week to visit and play cards. I learned never to say I wanted something in front of Leon or he would make sure I got it! He came clear out to Greensburg for my nursing school graduation party and Brandon's high school graduation. It is hard to wrap my head around him no longer being here. He was truly a positive in my life. When I was younger he was so kind to Grandma, too. I will always have loving memories of him.

george littell

October 2, 2019

Leon was a good friend I will miss him George

Marian Blough

October 1, 2019

Was so sad to hear of Uncle Leon's passing. I wasn't around him very often due to living in another state, but when I did see him, I throughly enjoyed visiting with him, he was nice to be around. I also love the way he cared for Grandma, and took very good care of her. He will definitely be missed by family and friends alike. Rest in Peace!

Larry Atkins

October 1, 2019

Leon was preceded in death by his father, Thomas J. Copeland and his mother, Rebecca Maude King Copeland; sisters: Ethel, Edith and Willie Mae; brothers: Lanis, Harold, Hayden, Ray, Dale, and Paul. He is survived by one brother, Kennard, a brother-in-law J. W. McVey, and one sister-in-law, Marvene Copeland and a host of nieces and nephews. Leon was the youngest of all his siblings. I can remember when he was a very strong Dodger fan and he loved to talk about their winnings and their great pitching. He loved the Lennon Sisters, big bands, and movie themes which he loved to talk about as well. Leon was fun to be around and was always ready to respond to whatever we were talking about with some wise informations as he was well read. I will miss Leon. So glad we had the reunion two years ago in Wichita.

Blanche Blevins

October 1, 2019

Uncle Leon helped me out many times when I needed a helping hand. I will miss him as one of the basic cornerstones of our family. May you find the peace in God's arms that you so richly deserve, Uncle Leon. Peace ~ out.

Rita Hawkins

October 1, 2019

I am so sorry in the passing of Uncle Leon. He was always caring to us and especially Grandma. He will be truly missed.

Betty McCart

October 1, 2019

I am truly heartbroken to learn of Uncle Leon's passing. Leon was a computer genus and so well know at Learjet and Raytheon. When I worked at Cessna I heard accolades of his brilliance. He was so modest about his work. At 16 he taught me so much about his HAM radio as I watched him communicate with people worldwide, his photography studio and he shared his vinyl collection for my listening pleasure and let me watch his color TV (the first person in the neighborhood to have one ). Leon loved going out to eat and was more social than some people knew, I miss those times with him and my Dennis. He will be remembered fondly by me always, my favorite Uncle. RIP Uncle Leon. We love you and wish you God's speed on your next journey.