Cecil Cooper

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Cecil E. Cooper, 93, of Independence, died Thursday, Nov. 19, at the Buchanan County Health Center in Independence following a short illness. He was born on September 9, 1916, in Walthill, Neb., the son of Tom Zachary and Amelia Blanche (Gunsolley) Cooper. He attended the Nebraska country schools. During World War II, Mr. Cooper served in the U.S. Army. On Dec. 10, 1968, he and the former Josephine Mable Manzer were married in Omaha, Neb. She preceded him in death in 1989. For 26 years, Cooper was a fabrication team supervisor at Eaton Sheet Metal in Omaha. He retired in 1983 when he moved to Independence. Cooper was a master pool player and also enjoyed hunting, fishing, traveling and working with livestock.
Cooper is survived by five sons: Cecil E. (Marilyn) Cooper, Jr. of Jackson, Neb.; Gary Cooper of Oelwein and Bob Manzer, Ralph Manzer and Bill Manzer, all of Omaha, and five daughters: Carolyn (Craig) Rohrick and Marilyn Payne (twin sisters), both from Independence; Mary (Jim) Fry of Stanley; Kathleen (Jerry) Key of Blockton, and Patty Martinez of Omaha. He is also survived by 39 grandchildren; 28 great-grandchildren; four great-great-grandchildren; three brothers: Kenny (Bettie) Cooper of South Sioux City, Neb., Ronald (Frannie) Cooper of Jackson, Neb., and Chuck (Jean) Cooper of Daytona Beach, Fla., and four sisters: Mary Lou (Harold) Brodensen, Hazel Perrin, and Helen Phillips, all of Sioux City, and Amy Kline of Alton. In addition to his wife, he was preceded in death by his parents, one grandson, Danny Higgins; one granddaughter, Debbie Mabe; one son-in-law, Kevin Payne; six brothers, and one sister. Funeral services were held Monday, Nov. 23, at the White Funeral Home in Independence, with Rev. Gary Wilson officiating. Honorary Casket Bearers were Lin Brown, Lisa Robinson, Laura Payne, Lindsy Cooper, Tracy Pint, Kelly Key, Mitch Key, and Chad Payne. Casket bearers were Travis Cooper, Rick Higgins, Steve Higgins, Ben Fry, Jeff Payne, Thomas Straw, and Craig Rohrick. Burial was in Mt. Hope Cemetery in Independence. Online condolences may be left at www.white-mthope.com. Visit our guestbook at www.bulletinjournal.com.
Published in Independence Bulletin-Journal on Nov. 24, 2009