Tricounty News

David Cooper Sr., 75



David Cooper Sr., of Evans Wash, died Friday, Sept. 24, 2010, at Mount Carmel Hospital in Colville, Wash. He was 75.

A memorial service was held at 4 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 2, at Calvary Chapel at 231 S. Elm St. in Colville.

David Alan Cooper Sr., was born to John Bailey and Lyda (Paddock) Cooper June 12, 1935, in Kimball. He was the ninth of 10 children born to the dairy-farming family. He attended Stickney Hill Country School, a one-room schoolhouse, transferred to Kimball High School, graduating in 1953. He joined the United States Navy November 1954. He married Louise JoAnn Hannemann (Jo) February of 1955. After his honorable discharge in 1958, Dave and Jo moved to Renton, Wash., later settling in Kent, Wash., in 1967 where they raised their family, retiring from Boeing in 1992. During his 32 years with Boeing, Dave worked at all the Pacific Northwest plants doing a variety of jobs, from electronics technician to finishing parts. He loved his time on the flight line.

They retired to 150 acres in Evans, Wash.

Dave loved the Lord, was 'born again' in 1969, and was a faithful church member, his present church being Northport Presbyterian Church. It was important to him that people understood the difference between knowing about God, and knowing Him personally.

His door was always open, his coffee pot always on, and he was always ready for discussion, politics and religion were not off-limits. He loved music and had a strong tenor voice.

He loved his country, its constitution, and was a member of the American Legion and the National Rifle Association.

Dave was preceded in death by his parents John Bailey and Lyda Cooper of Kimball, his brothers Jack, Fredric, Woodrow, and Robert, and his sisters Elizabeth, Peggy, Rachel and Nancy.

He is survived by his wife of 55 years JoAnn of Evans, Wash.; sons David Jr. (and Belinda) of Enumclaw, Wash., Aaron (and Kathy) of Cle Elum, Wash., Tony at home, Chris (and Ronnie) of Colville, Micah (Scooter) at home, Joshua of Kettle Falls, Wash., and Tim of Moses Lake; and daughters Kim (and Fred) of Colville, Bobbi (and Chris) Blanchard of Colville, and Jayme at home; 32 grandchildren, and 10 great-grandchildren with two additional great-grandchildren expected next spring. His surviving brother Bill lives on what remains of the family farm in Kimball.

Danekas Funeral Chapel & Crematory have been entrusted with the arrangements.