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Robert Clyde Cooper, 86, Springfield, MO, passed away Sunday, April 21, 2013. He was born August 22, 1926, in Springfield, MO, to Stephen and Twila (Moody) Cooper.
Bob graduated from Springfield Senior High in 1945. He was drafted during high school to serve in the United States Army during World War ll. He served in Saipan, Marianas Islands as a mechanic and received the Asiatic Pacific Campaign Medal, Good Conduct Medal, World War ll Medal, and the Victory Medal.
Bob spent the next several years employed by Aton Bros Construction Co. He was active with the Boy Scouts, Ozark Trails Council for almost 50 years, serving as Scoutmaster, District Commissioner, and on the Eagle Scout Board of Review, among other duties and received the Silver Beaver and other awards. Bob was active at Golden Avenue Baptist Church, serving as a Deacon, Sunday School Superintendent, and doing building maintenance. His church family was very important to him. He was also a member of the WNBA, Breakfast Optimist, American Legion Post 639, Republican Committee, and Teamsters Union.
He was preceded in death by his wife, Stella (Courtois) in 2000; parents; one sister; and four brothers.
Bob is survived by his children, Janet (George) Pellersels, Marilyn Tracy, Larry (Nita) Cooper, Steve (Debbie) Cooper, Missy (Ken) Cantrell; sister, Anna Mae Barclay; brother, Ivan; 13 grandchildren; 13 great-grandchildren; and two great-great-grandchildren.
Funeral services will be held at 9:30 AM, on Thursday, April 25, 2013, in Walnut Lawn Funeral Home with burial to follow in Missouri Veterans Cemetery with full Military Honors. Visitation will be from 5-8 PM on Wednesday, April 24, also in the funeral home.
Walnut Lawn Funeral Home
2001 W. Walnut Lawn St
Springfield, MO 65807
Published in the News-Leader on Apr. 23, 2013