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Dennis W. Copeland, 72, of Ottawa, IL, formerly of Leland, IL passed away unexpectedly on Monday, March 15, 2021 at OSF Saint Paul Medical Center in Mendota, IL. He was born October 16, 1948 in Morrison, IL the son of W Dean Copeland and Lucille Katherine (Shepard) Blazek. Dennis was a car salesman for most of his life and worked at multiple dealerships throughout the area. He loved spending his free time working on his cars and with his dogs Willie and Dolly.

He is survived by his daughter Wendi (Dave) Palmatier of Montgomery, IL; granddaughter Tiffani (Austin) Dunaway of Waterman, IL; grandson Tyler Palmatier of Sheridan, IL; sister Deanne Bergeron of Streator, IL; brother Jerry (Cathy) Copeland of Sheridan, IL; numerous nieces and nephews.

He was preceded in death by his parents and one significant other Gaydeen Gilkerson.

Memorial service will be held at a later date. Cremation rites were entrusted in Turner-Eighner Funeral Home. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be directed to the family. For more information, or to sign the online guest book, please go to

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