Gerald F. Cooper Sr., 89

June 27, 2011
  • Gerald F. Cooper Sr.
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NOV. 21, 1921-JUNE 26, 2011

Gerald Franklin Cooper Sr., 89, of Hagerstown, Md., went home to his Lord and Savior on Sunday, June 26, 2011, at Williamsport Nursing Home. He was surrounded by his loving family continually during his two-month convalescence.

Born Nov. 21, 1921, in Hagerstown, he was the son of the late Theodore W. and Ada Mae Easterday Cooper.

He was a veteran of World War II, serving with the U.S. Navy.

He retired from Goddard Space Flight Center, NASA. He was previously employed with Fairchild Industries.

He was a member of First Brethren Church, where he served as a deacon, Sunday school treasurer and moderator. He attended Life House Church Bethel for the past 14 years.

He was a member of Washington County AMVETS Post 10, American Legion Funkstown Post 211 and Eagles in Waynesboro, Pa.

He is survived by his wife of 69 1/2 years, Josephine LaRue Cooper of Hagerstown; two daughters, Sheridan Ann Shoemaker and husband, Robert, of Falling Waters, W.Va., and Linda Carol Hult and husband, Richard, of State Line, Pa.; two sons, Gary Wayne Cooper and wife, Jennifer, of Odenton, Md., and Gerald Franklin Cooper Jr. and wife, Glenda, of Greencastle, Pa.; one sister, Julia Humelsine, and one brother, Richard Cooper, both of Hagerstown; 10 grandchildren; 11 great-grandchildren; four great-great grandchildren; eight stepgrandchildren; six stepgreat-grandchildren; three stepgreat-great-grandchildren; and numerous nieces and nephews.

He was preceded in death by two sisters, Kathleen Brumbaugh and Ruth Stoddard; three brothers, William (Bill) Cooper, twin brother, Leon Cooper, and Raymond Cooper.

Services will be at 11 a.m. Thursday at Life House Church Bethel, 515 E. Wilson Blvd., Hagerstown. The Rev. Robert  E. Revell and the Rev. Arvel J. Barrett will officiate. Burial will be in Rose Hill Cemetery.

Military honors will be conducted by Washington County AMVETS Post 10 and Marine Corps League of Hagerstown.

The family will receive friends at Minnich Funeral Home, 415 E. Wilson Blvd., from 6 to 8 p.m. Wednesday.

The family expresses their gratitude to the staff at Williamsport Nursing Home for their exceptional loving care.

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