Hillside Funeral Home West

2929 West 13th Street North, Wichita, KS


Thomas "Kennard" Copeland

August 17, 1917February 11, 2020

Remembering 102 year old Thomas Kennard Copeland, World War II Veteran. On Tuesday February 11, 2020, Thomas left his earthly home to be with his heavenly father. Thomas was preceded in death by Vivian, his wife of 74 years of marriage and his daughter, Helen Stowe, his father Thomas J. Copeland and his mother, Rebecca Maude King Copeland; granddaughter; Debra Alcorn, sisters; Ethel, Edith and Willie Mae; brothers; Lanis, Harold, Hayden, Ray, Dale, Paul, Leon and brother-in-law; Ray Shelton. He is survived by his daughter, Vernece Greig, son-in-law Larry Stowe, sister-in-laws, Marvene Copeland, Mae Shelton, brother-in-laws; J. W. McVey, Thurman Shelton, 6 grandchildren, 13 great grandchildren and 11 great-great grandchildren. Thomas was born August 17, 1917 in Wild Cherry, AR. He moved to Wichita to work for Boeing for 30 years. Thomas was a kind and generous man and was always ready and willing to help anyone in any way he could. He loved his hobbies, hunting, fishing and gardening. Most of all he loved his family. He will be greatly missed. Visitation will be from 5 to 7pm on Tuesday February 18, 2020 at Hillside Funeral Home, 2929 W. 13th St. N., Wichita, Kansas. Funeral service will be 10:30am on Wednesday February 19, 2020 at First Baptist Church, 125 S. Delos, Haysville, Kansas. Burial will follow at Resthaven Gardens of Memory, Wichita, Kansas. In lieu of flowers memorials can be made to First Baptist Church of Haysville.


  • Visitaiton Tuesday, February 18, 2020
  • Celebration of Life Wednesday, February 19, 2020


Thomas "Kennard" Copeland

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Harry Simpson

February 16, 2020

Fair winds and following seas sailor.
"Boatswain... Standby to pipe the side... Shipmate's going Ashore..."

Thank you for your service to this nation.

Margo Parks

February 12, 2020

Thomas "Kennard" Copeland, RIP. As a friend of your daughter's, I would have to say you raised a thoughtful, wonderful and loving daughter, Vernece "Nesa." She kept us up-to-date on your health. I was hoping that one of these days I would get to meet this wonderful father she talked about but never did.
To the family, "Please accept my sympathy." Love and prayers to all of you.

Margo Parks

Sheri Warner

February 11, 2020

You were an awesome Granddad. I know you missed mom something fierce. I am so thankful that I got to spend last week with you. I know you are with Jesus and I am so happy about that! I bet Jesus, Grandma and Mom and Debra were so happy to see you! You helped shape me into the woman I am today, and I am so thankful I got to have you in my life. I will miss you but know I will see you again someday,

Love your Granddaughter, Sheri