Funeral scheduled Tuesday for officer killed in Albion crash

PHOTOS: Police procession for Officer Ryan Copeland

Police shared information about a funeral next week for the McFarland police officer who was killed in a car wreck Nov. 23.

Janesville police said the funeral for 33-year-old Officer Ryan Copeland will be held on Tuesday at 11 a.m. at First Lutheran Church, 612 N. Randall Ave., in Janesville.

Officials said 25-year-old Colleen M. Sutheimer, a wildlife biologist with the DNR, was driving a DNR truck when she crossed the centerline and struck Copeland’s squad car on Country Road N in the town of Albion.

A short visitation will be held prior to the service starting at 9 a.m. and ending promptly at 11 a.m. N. Randall Avenue from E. Milwaukee Street to E. Memorial Drive will be closed to through traffic from approximately 8 a.m. until 1 p.m., or until the end of the procession to Mt. Olivet Cemetery.

All law enforcement personnel or public attending the funeral are asked to enter from the intersections of East Milwaukee Street and North Randall Avenue or East Memorial Drive and North Randall Avenue. Both entrances will be staffed with personnel to direct attendees to proper parking areas.

The public is welcomed to view the funeral procession, which will travel from First Lutheran Church to Mt. Olivet Cemetery, 1827 N. Washington, by way of E. Memorial Drive west to N. Washington Street, and north on N. Washington Street to the entrance of Mt. Olivet.

During the ceremony at the cemetery, North Washington Street and County Road E will remain closed to through traffic. Long traffic delays are expected at the church location and all travel routes.

The public should find alternate routes of travel to avoid those areas. It is the wish of the Copeland family that the funeral ceremony not be recorded.

Dozens of first responders sent off a 20-car procession on Nov. 24 with a hearse carrying Copeland’s body from Madison, through McFarland and to the funeral home in Janesville Nov. 24. Nearly 1,000 McFarland residents greeted the procession outside the police department.