Kenneth Earl Cooper, 82, of Harmonsburg, passed away Monday, July 8, 2013, at Meadville Medical Center.
He was born Oct. 26, 1930, in Pittsburgh, to Marie Johnston Cooper and Ralph B. Cooper. After the death of his mother in December 1941, he moved to Meadville and was raised by his maternal grandparents, Homer and Sarah Johnston.
Ken proudly joined the U.S. Army in August 1948 during the Korean Conflict. He then married Darlene Smock in June 1952. They had four children — Debbie, Jay, Christy and Jeff. His family traveled with him throughout his career. He retired in 1968 with 21 years of service. His first wife, Darlene, preceded him in death on Dec. 28, 1970.
He returned to Meadville in 1974 and worked at Dad’s Dog Food until 1997. Ken married Ruth Ann Pittner in February 1977. They combined to have a family of seven children.
Ken was a lifetime member of the Linesville Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 7842. In his spare time, he loved to play pool, darts and enjoyed golfing. He will be sadly missed by his wife, children and grandchildren.
Survivors include his wife of 36 years, Ruth Ann Cooper; his children, Debbie Souffrant and her husband, Chip, of Oakdale, Jay Cooper and his wife, Brenda, of Saegertown, Christy Lemberg and her husband, John, of Kentucky, Jeff Cooper of Davidson, N.C., Richard Pittner and his wife, Lisa, of Linesville, Patti Franz and her husband, Ed, of Conneautville, and Susan Pittner and her husband, Chip, of Arcadia, Fla.; 17 grandchildren, Kenny, Jenny, Becky, Billy, Shelly, Mike, Sean, Randy, John, Kasey, Jason, Dan, Amie, Kelli, Greg, Jennifer and Keith; 12 great-grandchildren; three brothers, Ralph Cooper and his wife, Jean, of New Castle, Jim Cooper and his wife, Nancy, of Conneautville and Allen Cooper and his wife, Jane of Edinburg; a sister, Sally McVicars of New Castle; brother-in-law and very best friend, Jim Stevenson and his wife, Thelma, of Connecticut; many nieces and nephews; and pool and dart playing friend, Clarence Scully.
He was preceded in death by his parents; first wife, Darlene; an infant son, David; a sister, Shirley Roberts; and two nephews, Jimmy and Dawson Roberts.
A memorial service will be held on Saturday at 2 p.m. at Royal-Coleman Funeral Home, 6028 Route 6, Linesville. The family will receive friends on Saturday before the service from noon to 2 p.m.
Full military honors will be provided at the funeral home by the Huidekoper Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 2006.
Please share a condolence or memory of Ken for the family at royalcolemanfuneralhome.com.