Ernie Coopman, 76, of Linda, CA, passed away May 23, 2014. He was a lifelong resident of Yuba and Sutter Counties.
Ernie was the owner of Ernie's Toyland from 1958 until 2004, making kids happy in the Yuba and Sutter communities for over 60 years. He also worked at Home Depot for 10 years and retired in 2012. Retirement spent serving the community through DeMolay, Shriners and Freemasons.
Survivors include his ex-wife Claudine; her son and daughter, and three lovely granddaughters: Nicole, Megan and Grace. Also survived by his sister Carol Oyler.
Ernie is survived by many Brothers of the Masonic Order, Ben Ali Shriners and DeMolay. He spent his life in service to others and was especially fond of the youth in our community. He was busy getting bicycles ready for the Masonic Lodge to donate to the Youth at Linda Elementary School which was his passion to select a school each year and then raise funds to provide bikes for needy youth.
He was 5 times the Master of his Corinthians Hammonton Lodge in Marysville and followed in his father's footsteps of being a leader in the Lodge. He served in the Navy and recently received his 50 year service award to the Masonic Lodge and was honored with 50 plus years as a dedicated member of DeMolay. He was a Life Member of the Free and Accepted Masons, Corinthian Hammonton Lodge #9, Life Member of the Royal Arch Masons of California Marysville Council #13, Marysville Commander #7, Sir Knight, Knights of Templar Yuba City, Life Member of Cryptic Masons of California Marysville Council #3. Ernie was also a member of the A & A Scottish Rite of Freemasonry 32 degree, Shriners International, Ben Ali Shriners of Sacramento.
Recently, he was turning over the Master of the Lodge and continued to serve as the Coach to new Masons looking to carry out a life of giving, faith, serving, and the practice of Brotherly Love. Ernie lived and served as a Master Mason and leaves behind many friends and Brothers.
Preceded in death by his mother, Irene V. Coopman and father, Ernie W. Coopman Sr. Their first store was in Oakland, then Marysville, Yuba City and the final store operated by Ernie Jr. was in Marysville.
Ernie served in the U.S. Navy in the 1950's.
Graveside services will be held on Friday, June 6th at 1 p.m. at Sutter Cemetery followed by a reception Celebrating the Life of Ernie W. Coopman, Jr. at the Corinthian Hammonton Lodge at 324 8th St., Marysville, CA. The services are under the direction of Ullrey Memorial Chapel of Yuba City, and the services will be a Masonic service conducted by Brother Jerry Sweezy.
Donations to the Masonic Lodge under the Memorial Fund of Ernest Coopman Jr., Corinthians Hammonton Lodge, 324 8th St., Marysville, CA 95901.
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Published in Appeal Democrat from June 3 to June 4, 2014
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