Marion Cooper (1937 – 2017)


Marion David Cooper, age 80, of Pioneer, formerly of Stryker passed away Wednesday, August 23, 2017 at Fairlawn Haven Care Center, in Archbold after an extended illness.

Marion was born on May 6, 1937 in Slippery Rock, Pennsylvania to Walter Howard Cooper and Evelyn Lucy Moyer.  He married Alice J. Owen on June 6, 1959 in Winchester, Virginia and she survives.  Marion attended Slippery Rock Elementary and High School.

Marion retired from ARO Corporation in Bryan in 1997 as a machinist with 30 years of service.  He is a member of the Bryan Masonic Lodge #215, Montpelier Moose Lodge and Montpelier Eagles.  A past member of the North South Skirmish Association in Winchester, Virginia and the 111th Ohio Volunteer Infantry with 30 plus years of shooting Civil War black powder weapons.  He also served nine years as a board member of the North Western Electric Cooperative.

He also loved hunting and fishing in Pennsylvania, Ohio, Colorado, Quebec, and Newfoundland, Canada; for deer, elk, moose and caribou, which he was very successful.  He was also proud to say that he had fished in all five Great Lakes and the Pacific Ocean.

Marion is survived by his wife of 58 years, Alice;  three sons, Richard Cooper of Pioneer, Walter (Kathleen) Cooper of Bryan and Denis Cooper of Stryker; two granddaughters, Courtney (Matt) Laing of Rossford, Ohio and Kellie (Troy) Secrest of Toledo; one great grandson Dustin Laing; sisters Bessie Traczenski of Erie, Pennsylvania and Leta Fredricks of Lititz, Pennsylvania; and several nieces and nephews from California, Colorado, Florida, Rhode Island, New Hampshire and Michigan.

He was preceded in death by four sisters, Jean Stamm, Clara Thompson, Patty Cooper and Esther Francis.

Visitation for Marion will be on Sunday, August 27th from 12-3pm at the Thompson Funeral Home on Main Street in Montpelier.  A Masonic Service will be held at 3pm.  A private graveside will be held at a later date at Floral Grove Cemetery in Pioneer, Ohio.  In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions can be made to the Food Pantry in Stryker or Shriners Hospital.  Condolences can be left at

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