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John Robert Cooper Jr.
1946 ~ 2023 (age 76) 76 Years Old
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Hartford City, Indiana, bids farewell to a beloved member of its community, John Robert "Bob" Cooper, Jr. Known for his warm heart and infectious laughter, Bob passed away at the age of 76, on June 28, 2023, after spending his final day doing what he loved most—golfing with friends.
Bob was born on November 4, 1946, in Roanoke, Virginia, to his loving parents, Mary Kay and John Robert Cooper. Though they departed before him, their spirit and love continued guiding him throughout his life.
After graduating from Virginia Tech in 1969 with a degree in Chemical Engineering, Bob embarked on a remarkable career that spanned 46 years at 3M. He was a dedicated professional who approached his work passionately and excellently, leaving an indelible mark on the company and its people. While working at 3M, he earned a Master of Business Administration from Mount Saint Mary’s College.
Bob's most cherished companion on this life journey was his beloved wife of 54 years, Carol Chamberlain Cooper. Their love story began at Virginia Tech, where they met and vowed to build a life together. They remained steadfast through life’s highs and lows, creating a stronger bond with each passing day.
Bob was a loving father to his two daughters, Allison Cooper Barry of Cornwall, NY, and Karen Lynn Cooper of Charleston, SC. He embraced the role of a father with grace and unwavering support, always encouraging his daughters to pursue their dreams and find joy in every moment.
Being a grandfather brought immeasurable joy to Bob's life. He treasured his grandsons, Colton James Barry and Elijah Cooper Barry of Cornwall, NY, and reveled in the opportunity to create lasting memories with them. Their laughter and innocence filled his heart with boundless happiness.
Upon retirement, Bob sought to make a difference in his community. He immersed himself in the Rotary Club of Hartford City, dedicating his energy to various charitable endeavors and countless hours at the Hartford City Girl Scout house. Bob's commitment to service and compassion inspired all who knew him.
As an avid golfer, Bob found solace and camaraderie at the Blackford Golf Club, where he became an integral part of its fabric. His passion for the sport drove him to keep an annual count of the holes played and be the first to the membership rolls. His warm smile and friendly demeanor made him a cherished member of the club's community.
Friends and loved ones are invited to celebrate Bob's life at the funeral, which will be held on Thursday, July 6th from 3 to 4 PM, at Waters Funeral Home located at 501 W. Washington Street, Hartford City, Indiana. Bob will join his mother and father in Roanoke, VA, as his final burial place at a later time.
Following the funeral service, Bob’s family will greet guests until 6 PM.
In place of flowers, the family kindly requests donations to the Rotary Club of Hartford City, P.O. Box 85, Hartford City, IN 47348, continuing Bob's legacy of kindness and generosity.Top of Form