Gerald "Jerry" Cooper, 74 of Mexico died Thursday September 19, 2013 at the Audrain Medical Center.
Memorial Services will be held 2:00 PM Saturday at the First Presbyterian Church with Rev. Terry Kukuk officiating. Visitation will be held immediately following the service at the church.
Gerald was born on February 22, 1939 in Mexico, the son of James Fenimore and Edith Gertrude (Weidler) Cooper.
Jerry graduated from Mexico High School in 1957. Then attended and graduated from Rolla School of Mines with a degree in Ceramic Engineering in 1961. While he was at Rolla he was a member of the Delta Sigma Phi Fraternity.
On August 27, 1961 He married Martha "Jane" Williams, she survives of the home.
Along with his wife, Gerald is survived by three daughters, Susan Jane Cooper of Lee's Summit, Carole Lee Nolan of Benton City, and Diana Lynne Moroney (Kevin) of St. Peters; a granddaughter, Amber Nicole Nolan (the love of his life); a brother, James A. Cooper (Mary Helen) of Harker Heights, TX; four sisters, Judy Lowery of Wentzville, Jennifer Nunes of Fulton, Jody Fetterhoff of Mexico, Jill Cooper of Kingdom City; sisters-in-law, brothers-in-law, numerous nieces, nephews, great-nieces, great-nephews.
Jerry was preceded in death by his parents, one sister, Jane Guthrie, one brother, John Weidler Cooper.
Jerry was a member of the First Presbyterian Church where he served as a deacon and usher. He was also a member of the Optimist Club, Mexico Train Works Club, and he served on the Board of Directors for Show Me Credit Union for a number of years.
Jerry worked at Kaiser Refractories, later, National Refractories for 42 years as a Quality Control Supervisor. After retirement he worked at H&R Block.
He was a master carpenter, having built a house from the ground up. He loved caring for his day lilies, railroads, NASCAR, and watching football. He really enjoyed tracing the genealogy of the Cooper and Williams families.
Memorial donations are suggested to the First Presbyterian Church of Mexico or the Old Auxvasse Presbyterian Church in care of Arnold Funeral Home 425 S. Jefferson Mexico, MO 65265.
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