Gerald Cooper(1949 - 2014)

Gerald D. Cooper

Browning —Gerald Darien Cooper, 64, passed away on March 9th in Browning.

Gerald was born in Browning to John Manley Cooper and Irene Bullshoe on Nov. 8, 1949, the youngest of 13 children. He was raised in Browning and attended school from 1963 -1965 in Pierre, SD at the Pierre Indian School.

On June 8, 1964, he survived the flood with his sister Rita and her family. Though the flood took a lot of lives and changed a lot of lives, he was always been proud to watch Carol Lyn raise her family as he was the one who carried her out of the flood.

In October of 1984, he met the love of his life, Mary Wippert Cooper, marrying on May 21, 1988 and later having the marriage blessed by the Church. Carson could have easily been raised as my son.

Gerald worked for the IHS in security for the last 29 years were he was currently the head of the department. Gerald proudly served in the US Army from 1971 to 1973 as a MP. He also became the 1st Tribal Veterans Rep for the Blackfeet in 2003, always being active and never letting down any of his fellow veterans. He also served as commander and vice commander of the Blackfeet Warriors Society and presently he was the commander of the Blackfeet Veterans Alliance.

Proceeded in death by his parents, a daughter Audrey, brother and sisters Alvin Buster Pollock, Vernon Cooper, Rita Williamson, Carol Arrowtop, Wilford Cooper and the twins Robin and Robert.

Survivors include his wife Mary; children Clarice, Tex, Dianne and Carson; sisters Marie Brewer and Betty Cooper and brother William Cooper and many nieces, nephews and cousins.

A rosary will be held Thursday (tonight) at 7 pm in the Little Flower Parish in Browning with Mass being celebrated at 2 pm Friday at the Little Flower Parish with Fr. Ed Kohler, celebrant. Burial will follow in the St. Anne's Cemetery in Heart Butte where military Honors will be presented. Condolences may be left at

Published in Great Falls Tribune on Mar. 13, 2014