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Obituary for Burton H. Cooper
Burton H. Cooper, age 86, of Pleasant City Ohio, passed away Friday, March 22, 2013, at Countryview Assisted Living in Lore City, Ohio surrounded by family. He was born April 15, 1926, in Whitewood, Virginia, son of the late Charlie and Polly Wimmer Cooper. He was a United State Navy Veteran of World War II, having served aboard the USS Fortune IX - 146 and the USS Stormes DDG - 780. He was employed as a coal miner, farmer, and retired following 20 years of service for the Ohio Department of Transportation. He was a lifelong member of the Southern Primitive Baptist Church of Whitewood, Virginia, and a member of the Noble County Farm Bureau. His hobbies included attending auctions, deer hunting, recording weather statistics, gardening, and visiting family and friends. He loved his farm, of which was a life-long passion. He was a giving person to people he knew, and those he didn't. He never knew a stranger. In addition to his parents, he is preceded in death by four sisters, Ida Cooper Rife, Margie Cooper Cantrell, Sarah Cooper Penley, and Carmen Cooper Payne; two brothers, Emory Cooper and Arthur Cooper, one great-grandson, Stephen Michael Arsenault, and one daughter-in-law Teresa Ann Cooper. Surviving are his wife, Elsie Arvilla Rife Cooper, whom he married October 4, 1952; his children, Drema K. (Gale) Elkins of Pleasant City, Barry L. (Deidre) Cooper of North Carolina, Terry K. (Brenda) Cooper of Cambridge, Kyle D. Cooper of Pleasant City, and Burton D. 'Randy' (Debbie) Cooper of Virginia; one sister, Myrtle Cooper Smith of Cincinnati; one brother, Charlie Cooper of Cincinnati; 12 grandchildren; 11 great-grandchildren; and many nieces and nephews.