Mr. Robert Eugene Cooper, 74, of 241 E. Grant St., Greencastle, Pa., entered into eternal rest at 12:31 a.m. Saturday, Dec. 31, 2011, at Meritus Medical Center near Hagerstown, Md.
Born Oct. 2, 1937, in Greencastle, he was the son of the late Wilmer Lee and Gladys Irene (Bivens) Cooper.
He was a lifelong resident of the Greencastle area.
Mr. Cooper graduated from Greencastle Senior High School with the Class of 1956.
He then served in the U.S. Navy from 1956 to 1958.
He and his wife of more than 53 years, Mrs. Connie L. (Burns) Cooper, were married Sept. 13, 1958, at the Greencastle Church of the Brethren. They moved to the present residence in 1965.
In his early working career, he worked at Grove Worldwide in Shady Grove and then Letterkenny Army Depot in Chambersburg. Mr. Cooper retired from Mack Trucks Manufacturing in Hagerstown after 33 1/2 years of service with the company. He was mostly in the assembly portion of the company. Following his retirement, he worked part time at Greencastle Greens Golf Course for 12 years.
Mr. Cooper was a member and past worship master of Gen. James Chambers Lodge 801 Free and Accepted Masons of Chambersburg. He was master in 1987. He also was a life member of the Tall Cedars of Lebanon; Rescue Hose Co. of Greencastle; member of Frank L. Carbaugh American Legion Post 373 of Greencastle; Harry D. Ziegler VFW Post 6319, Greencastle; Cumberland Valley Volunteer Firemen’s Association since 1965; Ancient Accepted Scottish Rites Consistory, Valley of Harrisburg; life member of National Rifle Association; and a member of the national AARP.
Mr. Cooper was very instrumental in starting the Greencastle Quarterback Club and the New Girls Softball League of Greencastle, and he coached the Little League Cubs from 1966 through 1978.
Mr. Cooper enjoyed going to the beach, traveling, reading and playing golf.
In addition to his wife, he is survived by two sons, Michael E. Cooper and wife, Kelly (Fisher), and Lee E. Cooper and wife, Lori (Reecher), all of Greencastle; one granddaughter, Cherie N. Nichols; and two stepgrandchildren, Sarah Hubbard and Kayla Nunemaker.
Services will be held at 11 a.m. Thursday, Jan. 5, 2012, at Miller-Bowersox Funeral Home, 521 S. Washington St., Greencastle, with Pastor Gerald L. Snyder officiating.
Burial will be at the convenience of the family.
Family will receive friends from 6 to 8 p.m. Wednesday at the funeral home, with Masonic memorial services at 7:30 p.m.
In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to Leukemia and Lymphoma Society, Central PA Chapter, 800 Corporate Circle, Suite 100, Harrisburg, PA 17110.
Online condolences may be expressed at www.bowersoxfuneralhomes.com.