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“Sorry for your loss Copeland family thoughts and prayers from the Kohl family and Grabd Tap God Speed ”
1 of 13 | Posted by: Ken Kohl - Family

“When I first met Pat as a counselor with Catholic Charities, he helped me to realize and to search for a new and different path for my life. Much of...Read More »
2 of 13 | Posted by: Deanne Coohey - Dyersville, IA

“Pat will be remembered for his life, love, laughter and eclectic soul in his journey of following Jesus and the ways of wisdom and wholeness. ”
3 of 13 | Posted by: Brian LeBaron - Polo, IL - Friend

“Knowing Pat since 1962 and doing so many things with him growing up was a true blessing. He was always my mentor in so many ways and I know if it...Read More »
4 of 13 | Posted by: Fred Scharff - Cuba City, WI

“Pat brought special joy and playfulness to our lives. He is sadly missed. I feel very sure he is smiling and beaming LOVE from the spirit realm. I...Read More »
5 of 13 | Posted by: Bonnie Om - Viroqua, WI - Friend

“We will miss your infectious smile and your understanding heart.You will be missed ”
6 of 13 | Posted by: Old Bookseller

“Val and family, So sorry for your loss. Pat was an awesome individual, as a teen, and as an adult. One of the most fair and open minded people I ever...Read More »
7 of 13 | Posted by: Dino Welbes - Dubuque, IA

“Mary and your family I'm so sorry to hear that your brother has passed. Please know I am praying for your family and all the people that he touched...Read More »
8 of 13 | Posted by: Glynis Walsh - West Chicago, IL

“i met pat when i was 9 years old in 1964. he was very nice and cheerful. he never changed and left the world a better place. i will miss him. ”
9 of 13 | Posted by: steve jochum - Dubuque - Friend

“When I heard of Pat's passing thought of a time he took his younger siblings, Kenny and Johnny along with my brother Dan and I to a little arm of...Read More »
10 of 13 | Posted by: Ken Markham - Lees Summit, MO

“I'm sorry for the loss of Pat. He was my yoga teacher in the 80s. I know Peggy and Connie and wish them peace. Sending love, Jane Morgan ”
11 of 13 | Posted by: Jane Morgan - OREGON, WI

“I had the pleasure of working with Pat at Jane Adams in Freeport, ILyears ago and wanted to extend my sympathies to his family. He had a gentle soul...Read More »
12 of 13 | Posted by: Laurie Asplund - Monroe, WI

“We are sorry for your loss. I'm sorry I did not have the opportunity to meet Pat. Dale and I send our prayers and love. ”
13 of 13 | Posted by: Tracey Bennett-Bouska - Hawkeye, IA


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Patrick T. "Pat" Copeland, age 63, of East Dubuque, IL, was called home peacefully at 10:15 p.m., on Saturday, October 28, 2017, at home, surrounded by his loving family. To honor Pat's life, a time of sharing will be held at 7:00 p.m., on Tuesday, October 31, 2017, at Behr Funeral Home, 1491 Main Street. To celebrate Pat's life, family and friends may visit from 3:00 p.m., until the time of services at 7:00 p.m., on Tuesday, October 31, 2017, at Behr Funeral Home, where instruments and singing are not only welcome, but ultimately encouraged in Pat's honor.

Pat was born on July 9, 1954, in Fort Lee, Virginia, son of Carl and Grace (Westmark) Copeland.

Patrick was united in marriage to Valerie Arthofer on May 6, 2017, in Dubuque. Prior to finally finding Valerie, Pat had the privilege of living an absolutely full, fruitful and meaningful life. At the ripe young age of 23, Pat joined the Assumption Abbey in Ava, Missouri, where he developed his mind, body and spirit as Brother Timothy; only to become Pat walking along his worldly journey once again, after 3 years, where he would unabashedly share all of his love, wisdom and consciousness with the world he was determined to change. Pat would next complete 2 Masters Degrees and devoted over 27 years of his working career in Psychotherapy as a substance abuse counselor who became well known not only for his specific methodology, but also for his amazing success rates. When Pat wasn't changing lives directly during his working hours, or as a proud yoga instructor, he was continually driven to positively impact the world around him. A true lover of God's creation, healthy living and music would all combine into a beautiful symphony of a gracious man who would do anything he could to help others, while simultaneously remaining humble in his gifts of love and generosity. Pat, who never met a stranger, was always up for a little fellowship with family and friends; some of his favorites would involve the sound of a racquetball hitting the wall, the chime of his frisbee finding it's base in a fun round of disc golf, or even a feverishly fun game of dominos with anyone who would dare to challenge his strategic skills. But, at the end of the day, Pat's greatest devotion was to his son, Forest. To say his love was unconditional, is an understatement in the truest sense of the word. Pat's heart was surely larger than the world around him, and there was always an abundance to share with those whom dwelled within. We are broken hearted today with Pat's departure, and ultimate completion of his earthly journey; but we are forever grateful for the legacy of love he leaves behind and we know that he is definitely enjoying the invite to an open jam with John Lennon, George Harrison and John Denver.

Those left to cherish Patrick's memory include

his wife,
Valerie Copeland, East Dubuque, IL;

his son,
Forest Lee Copeland, Dubuque, IA;

his 7 siblings,
Linda (Marv) Stewart, East Dubuque, IL,
Connie (Dennis "Pup") Mander, Dubuque, IA,
Michael (Patty) Copeland, Dickeyville, WI,
his twin sister, Peggy (Paul) Kaune, Dubuque, IA,
Dennis (Cathy) Copeland, Dubuque, IA,
Ken (Barb) Copeland, Potosi, WI
and Mary (Ron) Martin, Dubuque, IA;

his 2 step-daughters,
Lauren Dixon, Iowa City, IA
and Adria Hogan, East Dubuque, IL.

Patrick was preceded in death by his parents; and a brother, John Copeland in 2005.

A Patrick T. Copeland memorial fund has been established, which will be distributed among his favorite charities.

Patrick's family would like to extend a heartfelt thank you to the nurses and staff of Hospice of Dubuque, for their caring, compassionate and loving care of Patrick.