Father, husband, friend, veteran, coach, comedian, life of the party and all-around hero, James Richard Cooper leaves behind an unrivaled fun-loving, family-first legacy of love. Jim, of McKinney, Texas, passed away on July 1, 2014 at the age of 69. Born on April 25, 1945 in Eureka, Kansas, to James A. Cooper and Naomi (Grossarth) Cooper, Jim proudly served his country as a sergeant in the United States Air Force during the Vietnam War. Jim married his best friend, Patty Fierro, on October 25, 1980 in El Paso, Texas, where Jim lived for almost 50 years. His infectious smile is among the things his loved ones will remember most fondly. It was the family's guiding light. He is survived by his wife, Patty Cooper; daughters Taryn and Taylor Cooper, of McKinney; sons James Cooper Jr. and wife Jean, and Jeffrey Cooper and wife Kelly, of San Antonio; mother Naomi Rayl; sisters Gloria Michota and husband Ken of Virginia, and Barbara Lopez and husband Damian of Kansas; grandchildren Kara, James, Kaylynn, Krystin, Jeffrey and Caden; and four great-grandchildren. Mother-in-law, Magdalena Adauto Fierro, Sisters and Brothers-in-law, Denise and Philip Cain, Debbie Fierro, Michael Fierro, Frank and Laura Fierro, Michelle and Bill Larsen and Stephen and Becky Fierro. Jim was preceded in death by his father, James A. Cooper and friend and father-in-law, Frank Fierro, Jr. A memorial service will be held at 10:30 am on Monday, July 7, 2014 at St. Gabriel the Archangel Catholic Church at 110 Saint Gabriel Way, McKinney, TX 75071. To convey condolences, visitwww.tjmfuneral.com. In lieu of flowers, please donate to CurePSP at www.psp.org.
Published in El Paso Times from July 4 to July 11, 2014