BLANDENSBURG — Loring E. Cooper, 85, died Sunday morning, May 15, 2011, at his residence near Bladensburg, following an extended illness.
Loring was born Feb. 14, 1926, in Tiverton Township, Coshocton County, to Carroll W. “Carl” Cooper and Julia Ann (Giauque) Cooper and had spent his lifetime in the Howard, Danville and Bladensburg areas. He attended school at Tiverton for the first four years then finished his education and graduated from Howard High School. He served with the U.S. Army during World War II having served in Germany with the 69th Infantry and the battles of the Ardennes, Rhineland and Central Europe.
Loring was a farmer all his life and he loved farming, dairy, beef and crops and always enjoyed visiting with neighbors and friends. He was a member of the Bladensburg Church of Christ and the Danville American Legion.
He is survived by his wife of 64 years, Betty JoAnn (Wells) Cooper; sons, Donald E. Cooper of Gambier, Roger L. Cooper of Howard, Michael A. Cooper of Rockbridge, Garry F. Cooper of Walhonding, Tom E. Cooper of Utica and Ben D. Cooper of Frazeysburg; daughters, Nancy E. Broxson III of Tennessee and Sandra J. Graham of Chesapeake, Va.; 22 grandchildren; 27 great-grandchildren; and three great-great-grandchildren.
Besides his parents, Loring was preceded in death by his brother, Gaylord Cooper; half brothers, Alva Cooper, Wilbert Cooper and Chester Cooper; and half sisters, Alice Brown and Vera Muck.
Friends may call Wednesday from 2 to 4 and 6 to 8 p.m. at the Flowers-Snyder Funeral Home, 619 E. High St., Mount Vernon, where funeral services will be Thursday at 10:30 a.m. with the Rev. David Fowls officiating. Burial with military honors by the Knox County Joint Veterans Council will follow at Mount Vernon Memorial Gardens.
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The Flowers-Snyder Funeral Home in Mount Vernon is honored to serve the family of Loring E. Cooper.