Francis L. Cooper

Born: Wed., Jun. 13, 1945
Died: Sun., Feb. 19, 2017

Private Cremation

Memorial Service

7:30 PM Fri., Feb. 24, 2017
Location: Guss Funeral Home, Inc.

Graveside Service

10:00 AM Sat., Feb. 25, 2017
Location: St. Paul's Lutheran Cemetery

Military Honors

Sat., Feb. 25, 2017
Location: St. Paul's Lutheran Cemetery

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    Francis L. Cooper, 71, of Port Royal, entered into eternal rest on Sunday, Feb. 19, at his home.

     Born June 13, 1945 in Spruce Hill Township, he was a son of the late Edwin C. "Ned" and Lucille V. "Sis" (McCahren) Cooper.

     He is survived by his wife, Jane (Gray) Cooper, whom he married May 4, 1969; one son, Clifford L. Cooper and wife, Gina, of Port Royal, one daughter, Anita J. Cooper Wagner and husband, Keven, of Mifflintown, three grandchildren Kaitria and Austen Wagner, and Cody Cooper, three great-grandchildren, Lealey, MacKenzie, and Bryson, and three siblings, Patti Cooper of Mechanicsburg, Gary Cooper of Sedro-Wooley, Wash, and Jo Anne Cooper of Carlisle.

     He was preceded in death by one sister, Marilyn Jane Cooper.

     He was a veteran of the United States Navy.

     He worked in construction, as a welder and mechanic at Letterkenny Army Depot, and as a field service tech at BAE on PALADIN-M109 and FAASV-M992.

     He was a member of American Legion Post 298 and VFW Post 5863, Mifflintown and was a former Juniata County Fair Board Director.

     He enjoyed reading, tinkering with tractors, listening to older country music, and watching NASCAR and dirt track racing. He especially enjoyed spending time with his great-grandbabies, with his four legged companion, Jackie, and at his home in Winter Haven, Fla.

     His memorial service will be held at 7:30 p.m. on Friday, February 24, at Guss Funeral Home, Inc., 20 S. Third St., Mifflintown, with Rev. Frank Swartz officiating.

     The committal graveside service will be at 10 a.m. on Saturday, Feb. 25, at St. Paul's Lutheran Cemetery, Nook, where full military honors will be accorded by the Juniata Co. Veterans Council.

     The family will provide all flowers and asks that memorial contributions be made to the charity of the donor's choice.

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Jackie Lucas
   Posted Thu February 23, 2017
You don't know me, but I went to school with Francis. Please accept my heartfelt sympathy for the loss of your husband. I know from experience how tragic this loss is, and you will be in my thoughts and in my heart in the hard days ahead. Jackie (Walters) Lucas

Class 1962 JJHS, via Bob Allen
   Posted Mon February 27, 2017
On behalf of the JJHS Class 1962 we express our deepest condolences. I had the privilege of attending the Matamoras Elementary School with Francis and we played in the Tuscarora Creek that ran by his homestead. The Class of '62 is contributing $25.00 in his memory to the Navy/Marine Corp Relief Fund.

A friend from school
   Posted Mon February 27, 2017
R I P my friend.