Ralph N. 'Pinky' Cooper
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Age 88, of Sandyville, passed away Wednesday, June 5 in Hennis Care Center. Born in Canton, a son of the late Victor and Helen McAbee Cooper, he had been a Magnolia resident most of his life. Pinky was a 1943 graduate of Magnolia High School and served in the U.S. Navy during World War II from 1943-1946 in the South Pacific. He was a member of Shepherd of the Valley Lutheran Church, the Atwood Yacht Club for over 50 years, Sandy Valley Eagles #3228, the Isaac L. Kinney American Legion Post #244 in East Sparta, and was a member and co-founder of the Tri-County Horse Association. Pinky retired from St. Regis Paper Co. after 30 years service where he was a Supervisor, and following retirement he drove school bus for 18 years for Tusky Valley High School. Preceded in death by a brother, Bill Cooper and a sister, Miriam Berry.
Survived by his wife, Mary Lou Cooper; three daughters and sons-in-law, Nancy and Harold Irwin and Sue and Bo Hysong, all of Magnolia, and Mary Beth and Jim Klick, of Navarre; eight grandchildren and four great-grandchildren; his good friend, Betty Cooper, of Magnolia; and close cousin, Sally Bartolett, of Canton.
A Memorial Service will be held Tuesday, June 25, 2013, at 2 p.m. in Shepherd of the Valley Lutheran Church with Pastor John Maroni officiating. Full Military Honors will be held at the church. Contributions in Pinky's memory may be made to Shepherd of the Valley Lutheran Church, PO Box 40, Sandyville, OH 44671, Magnolia United Methodist Church, PO Box 417, Magnolia, OH 44643, or Tuscarawas Co. Humane Society, 6895 Dover-Zoar Rd. NE, Dover, OH 44622. Condolences may be sent to:
Formet-Clevenger & Gordon Funeral Home
1803 Cleveland Avenue NW Canton, OH 44709
Published in The Repository on June 23, 2013