Charles L. Cooper Sr., 90, of Kingston died Sunday afternoon, March 2, 2014, surrounded by his family at Kingston Health Care Center, Kingston.
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Charles was born Dec. 7, 1923, in Kingston, to the late Willard and Olive Titus Cooper. He attended Kingston schools.
He served in the U.S. Army Air Corps during World War II. He was a top turret gunner on a B-25 bomber in the European Theater.
Prior to his retirement in 1984, he was a deskman for Bell Telephone.
He was a life member of Church of Christ Uniting, Kingston. He was a life member of Columbian Volunteer Fire Company, Kingston, and the Bell Telephone Pioneers.
Charles was preceded in death by his first wife, Carolyn Van Lieu Cooper, in 1962; his infant daughter, a brother, and four sisters.
Surviving are his wife, the former Betty Jane Gregory, of 50 years; and children, Linda Cooper Smith and her husband, George, Kingston; Charles Jr. and his wife, Nancy, Kingston; Russell and his wife, Linda, Rosedale, Md.; Kimberly Cooper Garcia, Moreno Valley, Calif.; Melissa Basinger and her husband, David, San Diego, Calif.; and Scott and his wife, Barbara, Westbury, N.Y. He is also survived by 11 grandchildren and six great-grandchildren.
The funeral will be held at 11 a.m. Friday from Hugh B. Hughes & Son Inc. Funeral Home, 1044 Wyoming Ave., Forty Fort, with the Rev. Dr. Carol Ann Flemming and the Rev. Dr. James Harring officiating.
The interment with military honors will be held in Memorial Shrine Cemetery, Carverton.
Friends may call from 2 to 4 and 7 to 9 p.m. Thursday at the funeral home.
In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to the Columbian Volunteer Fire Department; Church of Christ Uniting; or the Mid-Atlantic Air Museum, 11 Museum Road, Reading, PA 19605.
The family would like to thank the staff at Tiffany Court, Kingston Health Care Center and Hospice of Sacred Heart for their fine care.
For more information, or to send an online condolence, visit www.hughbhughes.com.
Hugh B. Hughes & Son Inc.
1044 Wyoming Ave
Forty Fort, PA 18704
Published in Citizens' Voice from Mar. 4 to Mar. 5, 2014