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Served during World War II with the U.S. Coast Guard Charles Benjamin Cooper, son of Dudley Cooper and Minnie Bell Young Cooper, was born July 11, 1920, in Keytesville, Mo., and departed this life July 29, 2008, at the age of 88 years and 18 days.
On Feb. 18, 1944, Charles and Dorothea Marie Kronyak were united in marriage in Port Angeles, Wash. Charles and Dorothea were blessed with two children. Charles owned and operated a grocery store and was an entrepreneur.
Charles was a resident of Douglas County, for the past 43 years. He served his country during World War II with the U.S. Coast Guard. Charles helped lead the Democratic Committee in Douglas County for several years and later his son, Chuck took over. Charles was a member of the Mtn. Grove VFW and the American Legion.
Charles was preceded in death by his parents and his wife, Dorothea.
He is survived by one daughter, Charlene Stahlman, Rogersville; two grandchildren; two step-grandchildren; four great-grandchildren; 10 step-great-grandchildren; one great-great-granddaughter; two brothers, Virgil Cooper, Elkhart, Ind., and Chester Elwood Cooper, Auxvasse, Mo.; one sister, Vera Baker, of Florida; and a host of other relatives and friends.
Services for both Charles and Chuck will be 2 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 2, at Clinkingbeard Funeral Home, Ava, with the Rev. Robert Roberts officiating. Interment for Charles will follow in the Hurst Cemetery. Memorials may be made to the Alzheimers Association.
Online condolences may be made at www.clinkingbeardfuneral home.com.
Visitation will be held at the funeral home from 1 p.m. until service time on Saturday.