Joseph M. Copeland, 82, of York Road West in York, died Tuesday, February 16, 2010 at his residence. He was preceded in death by his wife Violet "Peanut" Copeland. He is survived by his children, Steven Copeland of Mt. Morris, Sandra Copeland of York, Dennis (Lynn) Copeland of York, Laurie (William) Peete of York, loving Papa to 6 grandchildren and 4 great grandchildren, also survived by his sister in law, Nina Copeland of York, several nieces and nephews, and his canine companion Mandy. Joe was born June 4, 1927 in Pavilion, NY the son of Albert B. and Margaret Parks Copeland. He was a US Navy veteran of World War II. He was a 46 year employee of International Salt Mine and later AKZO Nobel Salt Mine in Retsof where he retired in 1990. Joe was a founding member of the York Sportsman Club and a member of York-Leicester Post 634 Veterans of Foreign Wars. Visitation will be held at the Rector-Hicks Funeral Home, 111 Main St. in Geneseo on Friday, February 19, 2010 from 4-7 PM where Funeral Services will be held Saturday, February 20, 2010 at 11:00 A.M. with Rev. Neil Frood of the York United Presbyterian Church officiating. Burial with Military Honors will be in Pleasant Valley Cemetery in York. Memorials may be made to the York Ambulance Fund, P.O. Box 92, Retsof, NY, 14539.