The Clinton Herald, Clinton, Iowa


August 1, 2012

Kenneth L. Cooper

FENTON, Ill. — June 27, 1921 - July 30, 2012

Kenneth L. Cooper, 91 of Fenton died Monday, July 30, 2012 at home.  

Services will be 10:00 a.m. Friday  at the Gibson Funeral Home, Erie.   Burial will be in Fenton Cemetery. Visitation will be on Thursday from 4 to 7 p.m. at the funeral home.  Memorials may be made to the Erie Ambulance Service.

Mr. Cooper was born June 27, 1921 in Albany, the son of Edward and Elizabeth “Bessie” Kennedy Cooper. He married Joyce Dennis on August 3, 1945 in Clinton.

He was employed at the Sterling Wire Mill until joining the U.S. Army on November 13, 1942.  He served with Patton’s 3rd Army in Germany and received his discharge from the Army on February 13, 1946.  He was in the C.C. Camp when he was young.

He was a lifetime farmer, had worked at Penberthy, Prophetstown and then worked at Deere  Harvester Works, East Moline until he had to retire because of his health in 1986.  Kenneth enjoyed the yard and buildings.  He enjoyed the timber and cleaning it up.

He was a member of the American Legion for 64 years, currently a member of the Hillsdale American Legion. He was also a member of the UAW Local 65.

Survivors include his wife, sons, Gary (Andrea) Cooper, Morrison, David (Georgia) Cooper, Prophetstown, and John (Linda) Cooper, Erie, a daughter, Veneita Lynn (Rick) Shaffer, Erie, 10 grandchildren, 12 great grandchildren and 6 great great grandchildren. He is also survived by his buddy, George Hawk and special friends, Brian and Donna Douglas and their children, Jennifer and Katie.

He was preceded in death by 4 grandchildren including a granddaughter, Becky, his parents,  a brother, Donald Cooper and sisters, Veronica Violet and Kathryn Anderson.

A special appreciation to granddaughter, Sherry Brackemyer who was his caregiver and allowed him to be at home.

Online condolences may be left for the family at

Death date: July 30, 2012


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