Lyle Cooper, age 73 went to be with his Lord on October 9, 2016 with his wife by his side.
He was born the son of Dale & Sylvia (Ranney) Cooper on March 16, 1943 in Stanton and is preceded in death by his parents along with his brothers, Eugene Cooper, David Cooper and his sister, Audrey Parrish.
Lyle is survived by wife of 53 years, Carole; daughters, DeeAnn (Kurt) Ruiter of Big Rapids, Allison (Shane) Stanton of Ormond Beach, Florida; sons, Lt. Col. Stephen (Marilyn) Cooper, USAF, Ret. of Colorado Springs, Colorado, Col. Wayne (Christal) Cooper, USAF Ret. Of Mascoutah, Illinois; grandchildren, Emily (Dustin) Cooper of Denver, Colorado, Nicholas Cooper and Caleb Cooper both of Mascoutah, Illinois, Danielle Ruiter, Dustin Ruiter, Jessica Ruiter, Andrew Ruiter, Braden Ruiter and Ari Ruiter all of Big Rapids, Gavin Stanton and Evin Stanton both of Ormond Beach, Florida; sisters, Avis Cooper of Stanton, Margaret Cooper of Stanton; sisters-in-law, Janet Cooper of Gowen, Lois Cooper of Stanton and several nieces and nephews.
Lyle served in the United States Air Force for four years where he learned to repair medical equipment, which he continued to do right up to his death. He enjoyed traveling the country visiting his children and grandchildren. He liked flying airplanes and helicopters and taking his family for rides. Lyle was a member of the First Baptist Church of Stanton where he served as a church deacon, song leader, AWANA Commander and children’s church leader. Because of his illness, Lyle spent the last decade ministering to fellow dialysis patients.
Visitation with Lyle’s family is being held on Friday, October 14, 2016 from 5-8 PM at the Simpson Family Funeral Home in Sheridan.
Funeral services for Lyle will be on Saturday, October 15, 2016 at the First Baptist Church in Stanton beginning at 11 AM with Pastor Robert Parr officiating. Lyle will be laid to rest at the Evergreen Township Cemetery in Sheridan.
For those wishing to make a memorial donation in Lyle’s memory the family suggests donations be made to either Continental Baptist Missions or Bethany Christian Services and envelopes will be available at the funeral home and church.