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Gerald Eugene "Gary" Cooper
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Obituary for Gerald Eugene "Gary" Cooper

Mr. Gerald Eugene “Gary” Cooper, age 80, of Olive Hill, Kentucky, passed away Saturday evening, May 5, 2018, at his residence.

He was born May 8, 1937, in Columbus, Ohio, a son of the late Floyd and Nora Young Cooper.

Gary proudly served his country in the United States Navy for 25 years and was a Retired Senior Chief Machinist Mate. He was a member of Henderson Branch Christian Holiness Church and he enjoyed going to church, hunting, carpentry work, raising cattle, being outdoors with his wife and spending time with his grandchildren.

In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by his first wife of 56 years, Vera Mae Murphy Cooper; one daughter, Debora “Debbie” Henderson; one granddaughter, Lisha Henderson; two brothers, Guy Richard Cooper and Thomas Cooper; and two sisters, Barbara Fraker and Loucille Bryant.

Gary is survived by his wife of 2 years, Anita Faye Perry Wells Cooper; six daughters, Nora (Dana) Paul of Arkansas, Donna (George) Bailey and Rebecca Barr, all of Florida, Patricia Andrews of North Dakota, Brenda (Vance) Vogel and Linda (Matthew) Gunnarson, all of Washington; two stepsons, Rod Wells and Jeff (Pam) Wells, all of Olive Hill, Kentucky; four stepdaughters, Rene (Steve) Burchett and Sherry (Donald) Puckett, all of Olive Hill, Kentucky, LeaAnn McCartney of Elizabethtown, Kentucky, and DeaAnn (Ray) Jordan of Tennessee; 37 grandchildren; 43 great grandchildren; 4 great-great grandchildren; and one sister, Mildred Huffer of Dublin, Ohio. He also leaves many other family members and friends who will sadly miss him.

Funeral services will be held at 10:30 a.m. Wednesday, May 9, 2018, at Globe Funeral Chapel in Olive Hill, Kentucky, with Brother Terry Dean and Brother Jason Johnson officiating. Burial will follow in the Kentucky Veterans Cemetery Northeast in Greenup County, Kentucky, with full military honors presented by Ceredo Kenova American Legion Post # 93.

Friends may visit from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. Tuesday, May 8, 2018, and after 9 a.m. on Wednesday at Globe Funeral Chapel, 17277 West Highway US 60, Olive Hill, Kentucky 41164.

Family and friends will serve as pallbearers.


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