He was born in Fayette, Howard County, January 2nd, 1934, the son of Robert Lee Cooper and Anna Lou (Thurman) Cooper.
Mr. Cooper was the 4th Great Grandson of Captain Sarshall Cooper, for whom Cooper County is named and who was one of the original settlers to the Boonslick Area in what is now Howard County. Sarshall was killed in Cooper’s Fort during the war of 1812.
Mr. Cooper was married June 10th, 1956, to Yvonne Janet Krueger at the Bates City Methodist Church, Bates City, MO.
Mr. Cooper was a graduate of Fayette High School, and of the University of Missouri, Columbia, B.S. Education. He was a Teacher and Counselor at Brentwood and Salisbury, MO Public Schools for five years before joining the Missouri Division of Employment Security as an Employment Counselor, 1962. His career included Counselor, Moberly Local Office, Supervisor in the Columbia Local Office, Manager of Marshall Local Office; and at Central Office: State Youth Program Supervisor; District Supervisor, Chief of Staff Training for the Division, and then was on loan to the U.S. Labor Department in Kansas City as Regional Training Center Director of region training center for Missouri, Kansas, Iowa and Nebraska. This training center was rated the best of the 10 training centers. Mr. Cooper retired from the division in 1995 after 33 years. He was a co-founder of American Society for Training and Development, Mid-MO Chapter.
He served seven years as a member of Missouri Army National Guard in Division Headquarters Medical Detachment 35th Division; Company A 175th Military Police Battalion; Columbia and 35th Division Finance, St. Louis.
He was a member of AARP, South Howard County Historical Society, and Boonslick Historical Society.
He enjoyed following his sons’ and grandchildren’s school activities.
He is survived by his wife Yvonne of the home, two sons, Dean Lee Cooper (Mary) Wardsville, and Brett Alan Cooper (Teresa) Boonville, and four grandchildren, Benjamin Lee Cooper, Christopher Dowd Cooper, Wardsville, Kathryn Marie Cooper, and Karagyn Nicole Cooper, Boonville. He is also survived by one sister Joyce Ann Campbell (David) Cairo, MO; and nieces and nephews.
He was preceded in death by his parents.
Visitation will be 5-7 p.m. Thursday, February 7, 2019, at Dulle-Trimble Funeral Home in Jefferson City.
Graveside service with military honors will be 11 a.m. Friday, February 8, 2019, at Walnut Ridge Cemetery in Fayette, Missouri, with the Rev. Gregory C. Meystrick officiating.
In lieu of flowers, memorials may be sent to New Franklin Athletic Boosters Club, c/o New Franklin R-1 High School, 412 West Broadway, New Franklin, MO 65274; Blair Oaks Athletic Boosters Club, c/o Blair Oaks High School, 6124 Falcon Lane, Wardsville, MO 65101.
Dulle-Trimble Funeral Home is in charge of the arrangements.
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