|Gerald J. Cooper|
|Friday, October 11, 2013 12:00 AM|
Dec. 6, 1937
Oct. 9, 2013
He was born Dec. 6, 1937, in Dayton, to Frank J. and Josephine Cooper, who preceded him in death.
He married Betty L. (Hartman), who preceded him in death in 1992.
Survivors include his brother, John (Sharon) Cooper of Dayton; four sisters, Joann (Thomas) O’Brien, Martha (Howard) Weinert and Celilia Cooper all of Dayton and Mary (Howard) Jaynes of Baraboo, Wis.; three grandchildren, David Beck and Stephanie Beck both of Delphos and Christopher Beck of Venedocia; five nieces; and 10 nephews.
He was also preceded in death by his son, David J. Beck in 2002.
Mr. Cooper was a veteran of the U.S. Army and retired from Kennedy Kit.
He was a member of American Legion Post #178, Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 5803 and Fraternal Order of Eagles Lodge #886 all of Van Wert.
Funeral services will be at 11 a.m. Saturday at Cowan & Son Funeral Home, Van Wert, the Rev. Dave Reinhart officiating. Burial will follow in Woodland Cemetery, Van Wert. Military rites will be done at grave site by a combined honor guard of V.F.W. and American Legion Posts of Van Wert.
Friends may call one hour prior to the service on Saturday.
Online condolences may be sent at cowanfuneralhome.com.