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The Coopers

William Henry Cooper, 91, formerly of Landisburg and Largo, FL, went to be with the Lord Saturday, Dec. 29, 2012. In recent years, he was a resident of the Church of God Home, Carlisle. Bill was born on his family’s Bell’s Hill farm on Mar. 24, 1921 near Landisburg, to the late Frank Mitchell Cooper and Ida (Jacobs) Cooper.


Bill was a World War II Corporal Army Air Corps veteran and received the American Theatre Ribbon and World War II Victory Medal for his service in the South Pacific as a plane mechanic.


He graduated from Landisburg High School; took night courses at Bishop McDevitt High School and graduated from N.Y.A. Trade School in electrical and machine shop. He attended two years of night courses in aircraft electronics at Middletown Army Depot.


The Smithsonian Institution, Washington D.C. has a World War I Liberty Aircraft engine that Bill renovated and has a plaque honoring him.


Bill last worked as a Harrisburg State Hospital as a Food Warehouse Supervisor. He had previously worked as a house parent at the Loysville Youth Development Center and in Aircraft Electronics at Olmstead Air Force Base, Middletown. Following retirement, Bill traveled by motor home with his beloved wife throughout most of the United States. He was an avid gardener and enjoyed hunting.


He was a member of the New Hope United Church of Christ, Landisburg; American Legion Post 177, Newport and Post 674 in Mt. Holly Springs; International Order of Odd Fellows; and the Landisburg Lions Club, where he organized the West Perry Blood Bank and International Youth Exchange with Peru.


Surviving are his loving wife, Henrietta Jesse (Leister) Cooper; a son-in-law, David Eby of Denver, CO; two grandchildren, Dr. Rebecca Williams of Madison, WI, and Matthew Eby of Culver City, CA; and two great-grandchildren, Sydney and Meghan Williams. He was preceded in death by his daughter, Ida Marie Eby; a brother, Robert A. Cooper; and a sister, Marie Pritchard.


A memorial service will be held 11 a.m., Friday, Jan. 11 at New Hope United Church of Christ, 108 S. Carlisle St., Landisburg, PA 17040 with the Rev. Joshua D. Craley and the Rev. Glenn D. Miller officiating. Burial will be at the convenience of the family. Fellowship will follow the service at the church fellowship room.


In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to the New Hope United Church of Christ, P.O. BOX 343, Landisburg, PA 17040.

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