Gene Cooper, 95, Wabash, died at 3:10 a.m., Thursday, June 12, 2014 at his home. He was born Oct. 21, 1918 in Wabash, to Clinton and Grace (Miller) Cooper.
Gene was a 1936 graduate of Linlawn High School. He married Jane Keller in Peru, on Jan. 9, 1943; she died Dec. 29, 2005. He was a retired farmer. Gene was a life member of the Richvalley United Methodist Church, a member of Hanna Masonic Lodge, served 22 years on the Wabash County Council, served as the President of F.I.S.H. board of directors, and a longtime member of the Board of Directors of the First National Bank in Wabash. He helped establish the Noble Township Volunteer Fire Department, and served as a fireman several years.
He is survived by three children, Sue (Lee) Harman, Warsaw, Ruth "Toby" (Galen) Clark, Marion, and Tim (Patty) Cooper, Wabash; eight grandchildren, Matt (Lucy Bisognano) Harman, Seattle, Wash., Alan (Diana) Clark, Syracuse, Beth (Derek) Willer, Dublin, Ohio, Amy (Aaron) Huesman, Waynesville, Ohio, Shelby (Tim) Drake, Wabash, Monica (Eian) Savas, Brookings, Ore., Craig (Jean Lamont) Harman, Lewisburg, Penn. and Ben (Laura) Cooper, Columbia City, honorary grandchild, Jason (Stacey) Duell, Wilmington, Ohio, and 11 great-grandchildren. He was preceded in death by his parents, wife, four brothers, and one great-granddaughter.
Funeral services will be held at 1 p.m. on Monday, June 16, at Grandstaff-Hentgen Funeral Service, 1241 Manchester Avenue, Wabash, with Pastor Paul Burris officiating. Burial will be in Friends Cemetery, Wabash. Friends may call from 2-6 p.m. Sunday, at the funeral home.
Preferred memorial is F.I.S.H., Wabash-Miami Home Healthcare and Hospice, or the Cooper Scholarship at the Richvalley United Methodist Church.
The memorial guest book for Gene may be signed at www.grandstaff-hentgen.com.