Joseph Keith-Cooper-Obituary

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Joseph Keith Cooper

Dec 1, 1926 - Apr 4, 2019 (Age 92)

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Keith and my Dad worked together at IH back in the 70's. We want to extend our condolences at this difficult time. Barb, Kenny & Kim, Keith and Jill Short


Joseph Keith's Obituary

Joseph Keith  Cooper, 92, of Lafayette, passed away on Thursday, April 4, 2019 at his Residence.  He was born December 1, 1926, in West Lafayette to the late William and Alta Kuhns Cooper.  Keith graduated from Clarks Hill High School in 1945 and later received an Associate Degree from Purdue University.

He was a veteran of the Navy in World War II and served in the Pacific Theater.  His first marriage was to Mary Bell Smelcer in 1948 and she preceded him in death in 2014.  On June 21, 2017 he married Linda Sue King and she survives. 

Keith had been a Milk Carrier for Kraft and farmed in the Logansport area. He then worked for  International Harvestor for many years.  After retiring from International Harvestor, Keith taught Diesel and Hydraulics at Ivy Tech. During the mid 1960’s he owned and operated a Shell Service Station in Logansport.  Keith enjoyed flying, model trains and collecting model tractors, red ones - not green ones.

Surviving along with his wife are his daughters Jacquolyn Sue (Keven W.) Dodt of West Lafayette, Jill Ann (John R.) Kidder of Lafayette, Julie K. (Bradley D.) Meyers of Battle Ground, grandchildren Molly Sue Dodt, Jonathon Tobias Kidder, Amy Meyers, Shana D. Meyers, Nathan Meyers (Desiree), great grandchildren Isabella and Christian Dodt, Alexa Kidder, Kinsley and Alexandria Meyers, Cassidy, Devin, Noah and Payton Dubree.  Also surviving are Keith’s step children Steven Pingley (Sophia), Maynard Pingley, Cindy Cunningham, Darlene Pingley and Angel Rice (Scot) all of Lafayette, a brother Herbert Cooper of NC, and a sister Barbara Brown of Indianapolis.  Keith was preceded in death by a granddaughter Alexa Marie Dodt.

Visitation will be from 10:00 am until the time of the service at 11:00 am on Monday at Soller-Baker Lafayette Chapel, 400 Twyckenham Blvd., Chris Black and John Gardner officiating.  Interment will be at Tippecanoe Memory Gardens in West Lafayette. Memorial Contributions may be made to Christ Church or charity of donor’s choice in Keith’s memory. 



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