It is with great sadness that the family of Dale Shannon Copeland announce his unexpected passage on July 11, 2020. Dale was born July 23, 1971 in Greenwood, NC to Jack W Johnson and Alta Jean (Maxwell) Copeland. After his father’s early death, Dale was raised on a ranch in Kennebec, SD by his loving adopted father Wayne Copeland and his mother Alta, and then with his sister Teri.
In 2002, Dale married Michele Leigh Wolf in Mitchell, SD. Family loves to tell the story of how Michele’s friends spied on their first date to make sure they approved of Dale. Together they have raised their daughter Macy Quinn, born January 20, 2010 in Mitchell, SD.
Dale and Michele are both teachers and have taught in the same and various school systems over the years, including Eagle Butte, Hanson, Mitchell, Wessington Springs, and Plankinton. In 2019, Dale and Michele moved to Rapid City (a dream of Dale’s) along with her parents and they were both in the Rapid City School System.
Grateful for having shared his life is his wife Michele, daughter Macy Quinn, mother Alta, in-laws Harold and Marcelle Wolf, sister Teri Copeland, sisters-in-law Kim Marie (LeRoy) Weimer, Sondra (Timothy) Bray, aunts Janet (Larry) Martin and Ila (Copeland) Craig, and various nieces and nephews.
Preceding him in death are his son Aaron Copeland, father Wayne Copeland, and maternal grandparents Lawrence & Jean Maxwell, paternal grandparents Percy and Veva Copeland and biological grandparents Jack and Maxcine Johnson.
A private memorial will take place with family on Saturday July 18, 2020. A public celebration of life will occur later this year in Mitchell, SD for family, friends, and fellow teachers. In lieu of flowers, a college savings account has been set up for his daughter Macy Quinn Copeland at 2437 Arvilla Court, Rapid City SD 57701.