Robert H. Cooper, 91, of Scranton, passed away peacefully on Friday at Mid-Valley Manor, formerly the Laurels, Peckville, where he resided the past four years. His loving bride of 63 years, Helen Bishop Cooper, preceded him in death on April 25, 2009.
Born in Olyphant, son of the late Herbert and Lucy McCormick Cooper, he was raised in Olyphant and later resided at Chapman Lake. Bob, a 1939 graduate of St. Patrick's High School in Olyphant, proudly served his country overseas in World War II
, as a corporal and artillery cannoneer with the United States Army
First Infantry Division. He saw action in almost every North African and European Campaign, including the "Battle of the Buldge," and received the Bronze Star
Medal for Meritorious Achievement. After the war, he worked in the mines for the Hudson Coal Co. and then as an installer for the Bell Telephone Co., until he retired.
Aside from family gatherings, Bob's favorite activities were gardening, golfing, fishing, playing cards and dancing with his wife to their song, "In the Mood," by Glenn Miller. He was also known to entertain his fellow friends and residents with a cheerful tune or two. Bob was rarely seen without his signature cap on his head. He had a great sense of humor. Everyone who knew Bob will remember him as a gentleman and "a gentle man."
The family expresses its sincere thanks to the staff at the manor and also, recently, the nurses from Mid-Valley hospital for the loving care given to their father.
He is survived by three daughters, Denise Larson and husband, Ted, Valley Forge; Nancy Gaucher and husband, Tom, Fort Collins, Colo.; and Beth Rybnick and husband, Rich, Blakely; a son, Patrick Cooper and wife, Andrea, Duryea; and daughter-in-law, Kathleen Cooper, Lancaster. He is also survived by 13 grandchildren; seven great-grandchildren; several nieces, nephews and cousins.
He was also preceded in death by his son, Robert H. Cooper Jr.; and his sister, Lorraine Munley.
Please join the family in the final tribute to Bob's Life. The funeral will be Friday at 9 a.m. from the McGoff-Hughes Funeral Home Inc., 1401 Capouse Ave., with Mass of Christian Burial at 9:30 in St. Paul's Church, 1510 Penn Ave. Entombment with full military honors, Cathedral Cemetery.
Friends may call Thursday 4 to 8 p.m.