S. Cooper Jr.

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S. Verne Cooper Jr.
December 19, 1921 - April 28, 2015
S. Verne Cooper Jr. was born December 19, 1921 in Casper, Wyoming to Silas Verne Cooper Sr. and Audra (Audrey) Konecne Cooper. His parents moved with Verne's older sister while Verne was a baby, to Center, CO by train. Verne attended school in Center, graduating from Center High School. Upon graduating and helping his father harvesting crops, he enlisted in the United States Army Air Corps on Christmas Day and was based in San Antonio, TX.
Verne was transferred to numerous bases in the United States after which he was deployed to England. He flew B-17's, B-24's and B-29's from Norwich to Edinburg, Scotland. He was a flight engineer when he and fellow crew members flew over Germany and bombed railroads, warehouses and such during World War II. After his Honorable Discharge, he enrolled at Colorado State University. Upon graduation he was employed by the CSU as supervisor of the experimental station working with potatoes.
He married Mildred Smittle in 1949 and they had four sons: Jerry Dale, Monte Lee, Kenneth Alan and Kurt Carl. They moved from Colorado to Idaho where he was employed by the JR Simplot Company at Howe, ID, on a potato farm. He then moved his family to Billings, MT where he established the JR Simplot Chemical and Fertilizer Plant.
Verne loved music and played the saxophone and drums in the Al BeDoo Brass Band and enjoyed playing the organ. He was a member of Del Norte A.F and A.M. No. 105 Lodge, the A & A Scottish Rite of Freemasonary and the Rimrock Lodge # 149. He was a member of Shriner's International, the AL BeDoo Shrine, El Korah Shrine and Caldwell Shrine Club. He was also a member of the Caldwell Elks Lodge.
He married Eileen Keffer in 1987 and enjoyed traveling extensively.
Verne is preceded in death by his parents; sister, Kathleen (William) Twite; brother, Robert (Betty) Cooper; sister, Phyllis (Cortland) Ackley; his two sons, Jerry Dale and Kenneth Alan Cooper and sister-in-law, Virginia Cooper.
He is survived by his wife, Eileen and her family. His brother, James Cooper, his sons, Monte (Brenda) Cooper and Kurt (Jana Johnson) Cooper; daughter-in-law, Kathy Cooper; grandchildren, Levi, Brain, Julia, Timothy, Christopher, Carol and Boyd and great-grandchildren, Silas, Emmett, Riley and Anthony.
Verne's Funeral Service will be held on Tuesday, May 5, 2015 at 11:30 AM at Flahiff Funeral Chapel, Caldwell with viewing beginning at 10:30 AM. Burial with military honors will follow at the Idaho State Veterans Cemetery, Boise, Idaho. Verne was an advocate of the and donations in his memory may be sent to P.O. Box 2472, Spokane, WA 99210. Condolences may be sent to www.flahifffuneralchapel.com.


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Published in Idaho Press Tribune on Apr. 30, 2015
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