Alto Rex Cooper
Silverdale, WA - August 14, 1928 to November 3, 2020
Alto Rex Cooper was born on August 14, 1928, in Dana, Indiana, a small town twenty miles from Terre Haute to the Reverend Louis Cooper and Wreatha Cooper. His father was a Methodist minister who served churches in Indiana before and during the Great Depression.
Rex served in the Army and the Navy from 1952 - 1955, including service during the Korean War.
Rex married Elsie Arnold, a schoolteacher, on November 25, 1960, at St. John's Lutheran Church in Sacramento, California. They celebrated 47 years of marriage before her death in 2008.
Rex and Elsie lived in Cupertino, California for many years and were very involved in their church. They loved traveling and especially enjoyed their trips to the Holy Land, Russia and Asia.
Rex worked as an Internal Auditor for the Lockheed in San Jose, California for many years before retiring. Elsie and Rex moved to Silverdale, Washington in 2002 to be close to Elsie's family. They were members of the Liberty Bay Presbyterian Church in Poulsbo, Washington.
Rex was the last surviving member of his family. He is predeceased by his wife, Elsie Arnold Cooper, his parents, sisters Geneva (Cooper) Lewis, Evangeline Booth Cooper, Lourwreatha (Cooper) Houser, and brothers Wesley Cooper, Louis Cooper, Jr. and Gordon Cooper.
Rex is survived by many nieces and nephews and their children.
Funeral arrangements were made by Miller-Woodlawn Funeral Home in Bremerton, Washington. Rex was interred at Providence Cemetery in Scio, Oregon on November 11, 2020 and laid to rest beside his wife. Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, memorial and graveside services will be delayed until 2021.
Published in Kitsap Sun from Nov. 16 to Nov. 24, 2020.