Linn died of lung cancer on November 20, 2005
Billy was a member of ASGRA
Also see Linn's Hall Of Fame page
Linn Copeland, 56, of Derby, KS a grand lady with class and style, and who made Wichita fun for generations of Gays and Lesbians with the Our Fantasy complex passed Sunday, Nov. 20, 2005 after a courageous battle with lung cancer. She is preceded in death by her parents, Mr. and Mrs. Gilbert Copeland. She is survived by her two older sisters, Margerita Lager and Sherry Brown; 6 nieces and nephews and many great nieces and nephews, all who loved and admired their Aunt Linn.
Linn owned and operated Our Fantasy Club for 24 years. Linn was a very talented artist and has her sculptures on display at City Arts and Center for the Arts, as well as galleries in Tubac, Ariz. and Norman, Okla. I, personally, having many friends and readers in the Wichita area over the years have always enjoyed Lynn's bar, and the hospitality shown there by her and her staff, especially the one and only Fritz C. John C. of Norman, OK , and who formerly was Miss Gay Kansas America as Dorian Munroe said this about Ms. Copeland. "Linn was a great lady and very ahead of her time. She was an architect in Kansas and bought 'Our Fantasy' at a time when women, especially gay women, really did not do things like that. The club is the oldest 'gay' bar in this region.
Linn had been suffering from cancer for awhile. She sponsored numerous annual events that really brought the gay community together in Wichita. The infamous annual 'canoe' trip, which ended in her back yard ,down the Arkansas River was always a fun drunkfest. She also would have shrimp cook-outs and lots of Fritz inspired parties. She left Fritz the nightclub so that he could carry on the tradition. She will be greatly missed. Linn always possessed a heart-felt compassion for the Aids research being done and hoped for the day they would find a cure. A memorial fund in her name has been established at Positive Directions, 154 N. Emporia, Wichita, KS 67202.
Our thoughts and prayers with Linn's family, friends and the Wichita Gay Community. Thanks, Linn and rest in peace.