Jack and Rhonda during a Christmas celebration with their family in December, 2011
John "Jack" Allen Copeland Jr.
  • 65 years old
  • Date of birth: Aug 23, 1946
  • Place of birth:
    Sioux City, Iowa, United States
  • Date of passing: Feb 20, 2012
  • Place of passing:
    Dublin, Ohio, United States
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John “Jack” Allen Copeland, Jr., 65, of Dublin, passed away February 20, 2012 at Riverside Methodist Hospital after a brief yet courageous fight against cancer.

He was born in Sioux City, IA on August 23, 1946 to parents Lois Anne (Hansen) and John Allen Copeland, Sr., both US Army veterans, Lieutenant  and Captain, respectively, who served in Europe during WWII.  Jack graduated from Hinsdale Central High School in 1964 and Northern Illinois University in 1968.

He had successful business careers in the food processing industry in both the Chicago and Columbus areas, retiring in 1998 as the VP and General Manager of Stephan Machinery Corp.  As an engineer-at-heart and true entrepreneur, he formed several companies over the past decade.  He was the most proud of his latest business, PorscheMesh.  Jack was very creative and insightful with developing new after-market parts for Porsches and loved racing his own Porsche Cayman S in driver events at Mid-Ohio racetrack, although he did most of his racing at stoplights against easy targets. 

Since childhood, one of his favorite hobbies was designing and building radio controlled planes, cars and boats, one of which won an international award for its design and speed.  He was a talented musician, self-taught 5 string banjo player and enjoyed performing in bluegrass jams throughout Central Ohio.  He was an avid golfer, experienced fisherman and an aficionado of WWII history.  Known for his charming disposition, Jack was well-loved by many friends and family. For many years, he participated with his daughters in Indian Princesses and was the Cubmaster of his son’s Boy Scout pack.

He greatly enjoyed spending time with his family, especially his grandchildren. He was nicknamed “Bean-pa” by his young granddaughter and since then all of his grandchildren called him “Bean-pa.”  There are many grandpas in the world, but there is only one “Bean-pa.”  As well as being a founding member of Wedgewood Golf and Country Club, Jack was a member of Northwest United Methodist Church and Mensa International. 

He is survived by his best friend and loving wife of 26 years, Rhonda (Houston) Copeland; his children Julie (John) Kelly of Orland Park, IL, Kelley (Phil) Lilly of Powell, and Jason Copeland of Lisle, IL; grandchildren Victoria and Josie Kelly, Megan, Elizabeth and Rebecca Lilly, and John “Jack” Copeland; parents, Lois and John Copeland of Ft. Myers, FL (formerly of Hinsdale, IL);  brothers Wade (Bonnie) Copeland of Atlanta, GA and Victor (Mary Beth) Copeland of Willowbrook, IL; and many nieces and nephews.  The family will receive friends on Saturday, March 3, 2012 from 1-3 p.m. at Rutherford Funeral Home, 450 West Olentangy Street in Powell, with a memorial service immediately following.  In lieu of flowers, the family suggests donations to the United Methodist Committee on Relief (UMCOR) at www.umcor.org, or to your favorite charity.

Memorial Tributes
This tribute was added by Gary Barton on 20th February 2017

"Still thinking of you Big Bubba.  Tonight we laughed and talked about the time you came to Zac's 5th birthday party and brought a picture of yourself with your pet dinosaur to prove that you've been around for a loooong time. :)"

This tribute was added by Jim Sibert on 23rd August 2016

"Missing you Big John.  Remembering all the humor and laughter.  Happy birthday up there."

This tribute was added by Gary Barton on 20th February 2016

"Thinking of you John as we depart on the Buckeye Cruise for Cancer.
Cheers Big Bubba!"

This tribute was added by Stephen Reynolds on 20th February 2016

"God Bless from Steve who used to work at the "Weenie Works" as you kiddingly referred McDonald's as being!"

This tribute was added by Jim Sibert on 20th February 2016

"Still hard to believe you are gone Big John. Still missing you."

This tribute was added by Gary Barton on 23rd August 2015

"Hey John,
I attended a car show today, saw a customized Jeep and thought about you. Actually, still think about you often.  Makes me smile.

This tribute was added by Dee Dee Barton on 22nd February 2015

"John, I still think about you often and your name comes up often in stories told.
You remain a benchmark in so many ways.
Always your friend,

This tribute was added by Jason Copeland on 20th February 2015

"I cannot believe it has been 3 years.  Love you, Dad."

This tribute was added by Jim Sibert on 20th February 2015

"Still missing you John.  Golf season is not the same without you."

This tribute was added by Bob Niehaus on 21st February 2014

"There were several times when I recall John regaling us with his banjo playing. John was never shy about using an opportunity to show off his amazing banjo skills. Known as "Banjo Boy" to several of us, I was lucky enough to have a private (or nearly private) concert with John several times. The first time was when my wife Joan and I visited Rhonda and John with our 2 year old son, Bobby. It was summer, and Bobby was wearing these little kid sun glasses. During the visit, John broke out the banjo and started playing. Bobby joined in, wearing his sun glasses and pretending to play an imaginary guitar. They formed a great "Banjo Boy/Blind Mellon Chitilin'" duet. We laughed until we cried.   We all miss you greatly John. Hope you're still playing in heaven."

This tribute was added by Gary Barton on 20th February 2014

"Hey Big Bubba,
Yeah it's me, little bubba. :-)
All is good and the Bartons think about you often.
Been racing Porsches past couple years. You'd love it.
Imagine you in my crew and cheering me on.
Miss ya BB,

This tribute was added by Jim Sibert on 20th February 2014

"Missing you Big John.  I need a laugh."

This tribute was added by Jason Copeland on 25th December 2013

"Merry Christmas, Dad!  We are wondering what gift you would have purchased "for" Rhonda that maybe, just maybe, she would end up giving to you!  We love you!"

This tribute was added by Kelley Lilly on 23rd August 2013

"Happy 67th birthday, Dad.  I can't believe you've been gone a year and a half. I miss you and think about you every day. About a week ago while I was driving, "Dueling Banjos" came on the XM7 channel. I called Rhonda and we laughed so hard...thinking about "Dueling Kitties," of which I will not go into detail. Happy Birthday, Daddy! I love you!"

This tribute was added by Jason Copeland on 23rd August 2013

"Happy Birthday, Dad!  We're raising a glass to you at 7:00 tonight.  We love you and miss you."

This tribute was added by Jason Copeland on 16th June 2013

"Happy Father's Day, Dad.  We miss you!"

This tribute was added by Mary Erickson on 20th February 2013

"We certainly had great times at Belam.  I still find myself giggling at  your sense of humor, John.  Hoping you and John Erickson have hooked up and are playing some golf!!"

This tribute was added by Bob Niehaus on 20th February 2013


You were larger than life when you were still with us.

Now that you're gone, your legend seems to grow even larger as we all look back and think about how much you achieved in your life, and how many lives you touched."

This tribute was added by Kate Shem on 20th February 2013

"Uncle Jack - We miss you and are thinking about you today. I'm going to have to have a banana split in your honor - just like we shared when I was 10 years old.
Kate, Ray, Maddie and Will"

This tribute was added by Jason Copeland on 20th February 2013

"HI Dad- I can't believe it has been a year.  We miss you very much.  We will be drinking a scotch tonight in your honor.  Love you!  Jason"

This tribute was added by Jason Copeland on 26th December 2012

"Merry Christmas, Dad!  You were definitely in our thoughts and hearts.  We love you!"

This tribute was added by Jason Copeland on 23rd August 2012

"Happy Birthday, Dad!  I will enjoy a combo form Portillo's tonight with Jack!  I love you and miss you."

This tribute was added by Kelley Lilly on 23rd August 2012

"Happy Birthday, Daddy.  I think about you every day and miss you very much.  Love, Sissy"

This tribute was added by Jason Copeland on 17th June 2012

"Happy Father's Day, Dad.  We miss you and love you.  I'll be sure to raise a glass of cheap scotch in a dirty glass tonight."

This tribute was added by Todd F on 8th April 2012

"John still probably working on new designs for Caymans! What an amazing mind and kind person! You did good, John."

This tribute was added by Ian Schenkel on 24th March 2012

"What an amazing guy.  A gentleman in every sense of the word.

You are the last of a dying breed John.  Thanks for everything.  I've used your wisdom often and will continue to rely on it.  I'll miss you and all of the great times we shared."

This tribute was added by Jason Copeland on 1st March 2012

"Many Porsche folks visit the website below.  There is a thread about Dad that is very nice and shows how many folks he touched with his business and passion in a short period of time.


This tribute was added by Diane (Reynolds) Johnson on 27th February 2012

"We had many great times as Naperville neighbors (1981-84)!  If we weren't at your house on a Friday night, you'd ask where we were!  Remember Peter, Paul and Mary... Leaving on a Jet Plane...over and over again!?   We loved your children as if they were our own!
Thanks for enriching our lives.  May you rest in peace knowing the happiness you brought so many others. ~~~~ ."

This tribute was added by Inger-Lise Lohan on 27th February 2012

"Our thoughts goes out to the wife & children/grand children of John Jr AND his parents Lois & John Sr. We've learned about the Copeland family activities via Lois & John, both when visiting in Florida in 2000 and through correspondance, mail & internet. Loosing a dear familly member is never easy - loosing a child is the worts, no matter the age. We think of you. Love Inger-Lise & family"

This tribute was added by Loye Copeland on 26th February 2012

"When Jack was just a few months old in 1946, Katie and I baby sat for him while John and Lois went to a movie, or something.  We are probably the only living relatives, other than their parents, who knew Jack when he was an infant. We saw him grow up, mature and become a great father, grandfather and otherwise a successful, interesting and man full of life. Along with you, we will miss him"

This tribute was added by Stephen Reynolds on 26th February 2012

"John.... May you RIP and thanks for the good memories of being Naperville, IL, neighbor/friends in the early 1980's and for the "Preppy Handbook" and  Preppy apron..... You will be missed!"

This tribute was added by Peter Reeg on 26th February 2012

"I will never forget the countless evenings we spend in hotels working together for Stephan all over the U.S. Our discussions, drinking sessions and all the fun we had. The hospitallity you and your wife showed me, and the excellent steaks you loved so much to prepare. Fair well John there is always a place in my memories for you."

This tribute was added by Dick Myers on 25th February 2012

"Oh - the memories.Great neighbor, my wonderful handyman, crazy car driver, funny golfer,strong drink maker. Which brings me to one memory. At his dinner parties, he asked "want one for the road". Sure but make it weak.  He thought that was code for make it "a stiff one". For years, I hated that "one for the road drink" until we talked. He is up there still laughing, Bye old friend."

This tribute was added by John Galvin on 24th February 2012

"You never know how much time you have with someone in your life and I must admit the 9 months I was fortunate to have had John in my life have changed me forever. We met at a Porsche show over the summer and we got to spend his last big Porsche ride together to Atlanta Motor Speedway this past November. What an amazingly passionate, creative and fun-loving guy. I will miss you Big Bubba!!!"

This tribute was added by Desiree Mettille on 24th February 2012

"John was my friend and Mentor whom I worked for at Stephan. John would guide me through the high's and low's of the sales game. He'd tell me "it's a Roller-Coaster kiddo! Enjoy the Peck's and and push through the Valley's." The many fun-filled colleague dinner's at my home, always incharge of the bar-b-que. Doing flip-flops in the livingroom fir my daughter. I'll miss you Coach!"

This tribute was added by amy ayers on 24th February 2012

"John and his wife Rhonda were like a part of our family here. We respect him for all that he has accomplished in his lifetime.  John will always be cherished in our hearts, he made us all laugh and smile.  His courage was contagious.  Rhonda has been so strong and we would like to reach out our hands and hearts to her in this time of need.  God Bless, Ford Family Dental"

This tribute was added by Jon Myers on 23rd February 2012

"One of my favorite memories with John is when Rhonda pulled in and my brand new Porsche's front end was splattered all over the driveway to install mesh.  I had a paniced look on my face and Rhonda said don't worry.  John knows what he is doing.  And sure enough, we (hand me the tools) actually got it put back together. Big Bubba, we will miss you!"

This tribute was added by Jon Myers on 23rd February 2012

"We first met John and Rhonda at the new member Porsche Club dinner in early 2007.  They sat us together with the other new members, the Bartons.  Kicking the tires about our new cars, John said we need grill mesh to protectect the radiators in the front end of our cars.  He took the concept and created a business. A great friend and mentor to our son. Next post, Fun in the driveway"

This tribute was added by Robert Mativi on 23rd February 2012

"I fyou've never had John's smoked barbecue ribs you don't know what you've missed!  The first time he ever cooked them for us he then surprised us by whipping out his banjo and playing a few tunes.  Whatta guy.  John, MiYoung and I will miss you dearly."

This tribute was added by Jason Copeland on 23rd February 2012

"Dad's creativity and engineering ability led to the start of his own business.  Check out his creations!


Very impressive, Dad."

This tribute was added by Clark Purdy on 23rd February 2012

"Bette and I have known John for approx 15 years and have been close neighbors and close friends. John has amazed us with his humor, intensity to any and all of his undertakings. His dedication to his neighbors resulted in being the chef at Quarry picnics, arranging for all the Quarry needs thru his dedication as treasurer. Who else could shoot carpenter bees and accidently smash Rhondas Cr"

This tribute was added by Denny Vincent on 23rd February 2012

"I worked for and WITH John at Stephan for several years, and he was a wonderful person to work with.  He taught me a lot.

John & I shared our love of golf & cars.

Denny & Diane"

This tribute was added by Machelle Walton on 23rd February 2012

"I always remember cheap scotch and a dirty glass.  I have been listening to "hello Darlin----" in my head all week.  Can't believe how much I am remembering his voice.  John you will be missed"

This tribute was added by Julie Kelly on 22nd February 2012

"I really miss you Beanpa. I will keep working on my banjo skills for you! I love you alot.
-Love Victoria :)"

This tribute was added by Julie Kelly on 22nd February 2012

"Dear Beanpa - we miss you sooooooo much love josie"

This tribute was added by Jason Copeland on 22nd February 2012

"I miss you dad.  We're planning one hell of a party for you.  I know you'll be there with us.  Cheap brown liquor and a dirty glass!  Love you."

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