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Austin R. Cooper Sr.

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Austin R. Cooper Sr. Obituary
Austin R. Cooper Sr., 97, of Greensburg, formerly of McMurray, died Tuesday, July 3, 2018, in Westmoreland Hospital. He was born Aug. 18, 1920, in Washington, a son of the late Roman Cooper and Esther Johnston Cooper. A graduate of East Washington High School, he attended Knoxville College in Tennessee. Mr. Cooper served in the Navy. He worked as a physical scientist for the U.S. Department of Interior for more than 40 years. Mr. Cooper was a member of the Greensburg Congregation of Jehovah's Witnesses, where he served presently as a ministerial servant, and in the past as an elder. His greatest love was his Creator and his ministry to the local community. An avid reader, Austin enjoyed travel and gardening, and especially his volunteer work for the Christian congregation of Jehovah's Witnesses. He was a wonderful father and husband who cared deeply for all of his children and his wife. On Feb. 18, 1952, he married Maureen H. Christie, of Edinburgh, Scotland, who survives. They were married for 66 years. Surviving are four sons, Austin (Valerie) Cooper Jr., of Greensburg, James (Beth) Cooper, of Irwin, Jonathan M. Cooper, of Greensburg, and Peter (Debra) Cooper, of Jeannette; a sister, Ethelynn Sanders, of Irwin; a brother, Roland Cooper, of Somerdale, N.J.; 12 grandchildren; and nine great-grandchildren. Mr. Cooper was preceded in death by a brother, Edward Cooper; and three sisters, Regina Fleming, Marie Irwin and Thelma Ruth Cooper.
Friends will be received from 4 to 8 p.m. Saturday, July 7, 2018, in the WILLIAM G. NEAL FUNERAL HOMES LTD., 925 Allison Ave., Washington, PA. A memorial service will be held at 3 p.m. Sunday, July 8, 2018, in the Kingdom Hall of Jehovah's Witnesses, 1113 Middletown Road, Greensburg, with Darryl Petrus officiating. At the request of the deceased, burial in Washington Cemetery will be private and held at the convenience of the family.
Memorial contributions may be made to jw.org. Additional information and guestbook are available on line at www.NealFuneralHome.com.
Published in Greensburg Tribune Review on July 6, 2018
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