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Gary W. Cooper, age 67, passed away Monday, May 12, 2014, at Franciscan Care Center. The son of Richard and Ardith, he was born August 30, 1946, in Toledo. He was a graduate of Macomber High School, where he lettered in tennis all 4 years and made the All City Tennis Team. During his senior year, he signed up for active reserve with the Navy. Following graduation, he began his career with Ohio Bell and was called to active duty during Vietnam. Gary served on the USS America and after being honorably discharged, became inactive reserve with the Navy and resumed his career with Ohio Bell, retiring after more than 30 years. Following retirement, he was a consultant for Ameritech in Michigan and later worked as a guard for the Toledo Museum of Art. Gary was a member of Calvary United Methodist Church and enjoyed woodworking, painting and working in the yard. He was an avid fan of the Detroit Tigers and Red Wings. At one time, he was a basketball referee. He also enjoyed bowling and playing golf, achieving the coveted hole-in-one.
He is survived by his wife, Sharon; children, Scott Cooper, Mark (Erin) Wenrick, Lisa (Zac) Bartko; grandchildren, Theresa Cooper, Scott (Danielle) Cooper, Claire Wenrick, Ethan Wenrick; great-grandchildren, Lucy McLaughlin, Jasper Cooper; brothers, Terry (Harriet) and Keith (Mary) Cooper; aunt and uncle, Marvel (Joe) Duerringer; and the mother of his grandchildren, Theresa and Scott, Jackie Cooper. He was preceded in death by his parents.
Friends may visit the family on Thursday From 2-8 p.m. at Walker Funeral Home, 5155 Sylvania Ave. (west of Corey Rd.) where a service will be held Thursday evening at 6 p.m. Interment will be private at Ottawa Hills Memorial Park. Memorials in Gary's memory may be made to the
, 3540 Secor Rd., Toledo, OH 43606 or Franciscan Care Center, 4111 Holland-Sylvania Ave., Toledo, OH 43623. Condolences may be shared with the family at
Gary's family would like to extended there heartfelt gratitude to the nurses, aids, therapy staff, Sister Jordan and Pastor Elizabeth.
Published in Toledo Blade from May 14 to May 15, 2014
Walker Funeral Home
5155 West Sylvania Avenue Toledo, OH 43623