husband, father, grandfather, and friend, James Robert Cooper,
passed away peacefully at home on September 21, 2017 at
the age of 89.
He was born April 10, 1928 in Fillmore, Utah to James and
Glenda Cooper, the oldest of 4 children. Growing up, Bob
enjoyed sports, taking family vacations, and playing with
his siblings and friends. He attended White Pine and Provo
High School. At age 19, he enlisted in the United States
Navy and served his country for 2 years in California, Maryland,
and Florida. He was a crewman on a 4-engine patrol bomber
and enjoyed the Navy life of hard work and discipline. Bob
attended school at Utah State for 2 years and also took
classes at the University of Utah. He married his first
wife, Claudine Marshall, in 1947 and together they had 4
children: Kelly, Craig, Lisa and Tom. He was a proud father
and loved his children very much. In 1976, Bob married Bertha
Allen, and they were later sealed in the St. George Temple.
Upon marrying Bertha, he “inherited” 4 more
children: Sharon, Jan, Richard, and David, as well as 6
grandchildren. For many years, Bob (aka “Ol’
Coop”) owned and operated Cooper Oil, a Chevron bulk
plant in Santa Clara, Utah, and loved all the associations
he made during that time. Bob loved camping, fishing, arrowhead
hunting, playing card games with his wife and friends and
was an avid sports enthusiast. Throughout his life, Bob
was an active member of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter
Day Saints and served in many callings: High Priest Group
Leader, Elders Quorum President, and Executive Secretary.
Bob and his sweetheart Bertha served an 18-month mission
in the late 1990s at Cove Fort, Utah.
Bob is survived by his wife Bertha Cooper, children: Kelly
Cooper (Marcia), Craig Cooper (Elaine), Lisa Bowler (Carl),
Tom Cooper (Phyllis), Sharon Jones (Ron), Jan Smith (Bruce),
Richard Allen (Laura), and David Allen; 35 grandchildren,
61 great-grandchildren, 3 great-great grandchildren, and
sister Janice Miller (Peck), and numerous nieces and nephews.
He was preceded in death by his brother Jack Cooper, an
infant Sister, son Richard Allen, grandsons Daniel Spears
and Ryan Cooper, and son-in-law Ron Jones. The family would
like to thank the doctors, nurses and aides of IHC Hospice
for all their help and kindness.
Funeral services will be held at 11:00 am on Tuesday, September
26, 2017 at the American Fork 30th LDS Ward Chapel, 270
North 900 East, American Fork, Utah. Family and friends
may call on Monday, September 25, 2017 from 6:00 to 7:30
pm at the Warenski Funeral Home, 1776 North 900 East, American
Fork, Utah, and again on Tuesday morning from 9:30 to 10:30
am at the church prior to services. Interment will be at
the Highland City Cemetery.