Conard "Chuck" Cooper

Monday, May 23, 2011

Conard "Chuck" T. Cooper, passed away peacefully in his home on Monday evening, May 9, 2011 with his loving wife at his side.

Conard Troy Cooper was born Aug. 9, 1929, in Dickens, the son of Granville William Cooper and Harriet Irene Cook Cooper. He graduated from Linn Grove High School and attended Buena Vista University receiving a Bachelor of Arts degree. He later obtained a Masters degree in Math.

Chuck had many passions including his love of all kinds of music. He was an accomplished performer both professionally (recently with the Iowa Theatre Artists Company) as well as in community theatre production. Chuck was very proud of being a flight instructor and of having a small-plane pilot license for more than 40 years. He enjoyed golfing as well as helping his wife Ruth; they shared a passion for reading and the Amana Library. He loved to help others through the Meals on Wheels program as well as to volunteer hours towards the theatre. His occupations were many, from owning and operating a pizza parlor and a donut shop, to selling insurance. His passion was in education. He taught math, was a school administrator, and retired as a school administrative consultant. Chuck was an accomplished high school baseball, softball, and basketball coach. He was a "Master of All" possessing a near photographic memory and could build or fix almost anything (except submarines).

Chuck is survived by his wife Ruth Mary Erickson Cooper; sons Michael (Patsy) Cooper of Sacramento, Calif. and Kennard (Pam) Cooper of Meridian, Ind.; three grandchildren, Stacy (Cooper) Baade, Troy Cooper and Chad Cooper; six great-grandchildren, Giovanni Betts, Ciara Betts, Braiden Betts, Brittney Betts, Chloe Baade and Tucker Baade; sisters Ruth Gorman of Storm Lake, Maxine "Mickey" Rube of Benbrook, Texas and Geraldine "Geri" Holmes of Escondido, Calif. He was preceded in death by his parents, sons Scott and Richard Cooper, grandson Eric Cooper, brothers Charles, Eddie, Forest, and Jack Cooper and sisters Irene Junkemeier, Loretta Meyer, Edna Jones and Vera Roberts, and his first wife Lucille Houdeshell Cooper.