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Dennis Cooper


Published: Tuesday, Jan. 28, 2014 10:18 a.m. CDT • Updated: Tuesday, Jan. 28, 2014 10:26 a.m. CDT

Dennis Cooper, 65, of Bedford died Jan. 25, 2014, at his home, after a battle with pancreatic cancer.

Celebration of life memorial services will be 11 a.m. Thursday, Jan. 30, at the United Christian Presbyterian Church in Bedford. Visitation will be 3 to 7 p.m. Wednesday with family present 5 to 7 p.m. at Ritchie Funeral Home, 1406 Madison Ave., Bedford. Memorials may be given to pancreatic cancer research or Ronald McDonald House. Online condolences may be left at www.ritchiefuneralhome.com.

Dennis Ray Cooper, son of Ann Katherin (Krohmer) and Dale Marion Cooper, was born July 13, 1948, at Clarinda Hospital.

After graduating from Clearfield High School, he went to universal trade school in Omaha, Neb., to train in auto mechanics.  

On July 9, 1967, Dennis married Connie Sue Sobotka.

Dennis served nearly seven years in the United States Air Force during the Vietnam War, where he spent many hours in flight as crew chief of a KC135 fuel tanker. Upon his honorary discharge, he returned to Iowa with his family.

Dennis was manager of a Skelly gas station in Red Oak, a city mail carrier for 27 years in Bedford and farmer in the Clearfield and Bedford areas for more than 35 years. 

Dennis is survived by his wife Connie Cooper of Bedford; children and grandchildren, Jackie (Peter) Cooper-Bennett, Aidan and Noah, of Milton Keynes, England; Wendy (Matt) Poore, Danielle and Kirsten, of Huntley, Illinois; Darcie (Neil) Cooper, Sadie and Nate, of Cameron, Mo.; and Devan Cooper of Denver, Colo.; parents, Dale and Ann Cooper of Lenox; brother David (Deb) Cooper of Saint Louis, Mo.; sisters, Sandee (Chuck) Dickenson of Saint Charles and Sheryl (Butch) Newton of Skidmore, Mo; mother-in-law Venita Schmidt of Hot Springs, Ark.; sister-in-law Karen (Mike) Schaefer of Maloy, brother-in-law Duane Sobotka of Hot Springs, Ark.; and a host of cousins, nieces, nephews, and friends.

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