Published 12:00 am Tuesday, January 13, 2009
Wayne H. Cooper, 92
Wayne H. Cooper, 92, of Sartell, Minn., died on Jan. 11, 2009 at the Veterans Affairs Medical Center, St. Cloud, Minn.
Wayne was born Sept. 4, 1916 in Montour, Iowa to Clarence and Fern (Keller) Cooper. He graduated from Elkton High School, in Elkton, Minn. Wayne married Margaret O. Kraft on Oct. 27, 1940 at St. John’s Church in Elkton. He was employed at John Deere Co. in Waterloo, Iowa from 1941-1943. Wayne served in the US Navy from November 1943 to November 1945. He was then employed by Hormel Co. from 1946 to 1979. Wayne was a member of Bethlehem Lutheran Church in St. Cloud, Minn.
Survivors include his wife, Margaret Cooper, Sartell, Minn.; daughter, Marlene Hanson, Clearwater, Minn.; two granddaughters, Cynthia (Martin) Bogart, Rogers, Minn., Wendy (Mark) Neu, Rogers; five great-grandchildren, Ryan, Jennifer and Kyle Bogart, Mitchell and Brittany Neu; brothers and sisters, Dale Cooper, Rochester, Minn., Terry Cooper, Frost Free, Fla., Daryl Cooper, Dover, N.H., Venita Ballinger, New Prague, Minn.; Bernice Rabine, Rochester, Minn.; Lettie Budahn, Rochester, Minn.
He was preceded in death by his parents; son-in-law, Raymond Hanson; sister, Evelyn Robinson and brother, Lyall Cooper.
Funeral services will be on Thursday, Jan. 15, 2009 at 11 a.m. at Bethlehem Lutheran Church, St. Cloud, Minn. Visitation will be one hour prior to the service at the church on Thursday. Burial will be in North Star Cemetery, St. Cloud, Minn. Funeral arrangements were made by Benson Funeral Home in St. Cloud. Pallbearers will be Marty Bogart, Ryan Bogart, Kyle Bogart, Mark Neu and Mitchell Neu. In lieu of flowers memorials preferred to Bethlehem Lutheran Church.