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James Carrol "Coop" Cooper


James Carrol Coop Cooper

Jim "Coop" Cooper was born Dec. 31, 1940 in Lindsay, California to Lafe and Lorraine Cooper and passed away on Oct. 30, 2016. The family moved from California to Washington State where they farmed in Mt. Norway and Hockinson, then moved to Glenwood, WA. Jim spent his teenaged years growing up in Glenwood and attended Glenwood High School. He was good at basketball and baseball and assisted his teammates in winning several trophies. At 18, Jim joined the US Army and after training, was stationed in Germany during the Vietnam era. After receiving an honorable discharge, then began his diverse civilian career, as he was a "jack of all trades." His trades included logging, owning/operating service stations, driving trucks, working as an auto and motorcycle mechanic, selling motorcycles trailers, and eventually owning and operating his own motorcycle repair business, which he ran for several years before he retired. Over the years, he enjoyed snowmobiling, h u n t i n g , fishing and motorcycle riding. Jim and his wife Patty were members of the Gold Wing Road Riders Association and were G W R A A Assistant State Directors for the state of Oregon and "Couple of the Year" in 1992. They spent many years together touring the seven western states on their Gold Wing. Jim was also a member of the Elks Foundation and the American Legion Post #116 in Goldendale. His hobbies included bowling, reloading bullets, and mastering jigsaw puzzles. He also had a great sense of humor and loved to tease and make people laugh. Jim is survived by his loving wife, Patty; son Gary Akerill of Troutlake; daughters Cindy (Ken) O'Neal, Valley Springs, California; Toni Cooper, The Dalles, Ore .; Wendi Hogue, Redmond, Ore .; step-son Curtis (Lisa) Haney, Henderson, Nev .; six grandchildren and five greatgrandchildren. Survivors also include his s t e p - m o t h e r , Joy Themer, Johnson City, Tenn .; brothers Bill Cooper, Glenwood, Lafe (Diane) Cooper of Bauxite, Ariz .; Tom (Claudia) Cooper of Danville, Ill .; sister Belinda Baffa of Kingsport, Tenn., and many nephews and nieces. A younger brother-Ed (Sherri) Cooper, Pierce, Idaho-preceded him in death last year. In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to a disabled veterans organization of your choice. A memorial service was held at New Life Assembly of God in Goldendale on Nov. 3, 2016, and a graveside service was held at Mt. Adams Cemetery in Glenwood, Wash. following the memorial.


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