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Erwin J. Cooper

Erwin J. Cooper

Mr. Erwin J. Cooper, age 82, of Cedar Springs, passed away on Sunday, August 15, 2010. He grew up in Oakfield Township and left school so he could help his family by working on the farm. Erwin was drafted in to the U.S. Army during the Korean War. He first met his sweetheart, Bernice at a barn dance that her father, Claude Towns was calling. They were married on November 11, 1949 at her parents’ home in Cedar Springs. For 36 ½ years Erwin worked as a machine operator for Lear Siegler where he also served as Union Stewart. While working, he also continued to farm. Since Erwin worked seven days a week, there were times that his wife Bernice would take the kids camping. He provided well for his family and was a perfectionist in whatever he did. After retiring, Erwin worked for Carl Hessler. When there was time, he enjoyed hunting and fishing. Erwin was a member of the American Legion Glen Hill Post #287. Mr. Cooper was preceded in death by brothers, LaVern and Ben and a great grandson, Colten James Cassidy. He is survived by his loving wife, the former Bernice Towns; children, Bruce and Barb Cooper, Gloria and Bill Grice, Carl and Tina Cooper, Brenda and Dan Burns, Nate and Dawn Cooper; 8 grandchildren; 5 great grandchildren; brothers, Paul Cooper, James (Marion) Cooper, Charles (Connie) Cooper, and Roger Cooper; nieces and nephews. The service for Mr. Cooper will be Thursday, August 19, 2010 at 11:00 a.m. at the Pederson Funeral Home with Pastor Bill Overton officiating. Military honors will be under the auspices of the Kent County Veterans Honor Guard with interment in Blythefield Memory Gardens. Relatives and friends met with the family from 2 to 4 and 7 to 9 p.m. Wednesday at the funeral home.
Arrangements by The Pederson Funeral Home, Rockford www.pedersonfuneralhome.com

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