Worked At State Prison In Windsor, Member Of Original Galloping Ghosts Team
SOUTH ROYALTON — A graveside service for John D. Cooper, 89, who died Thursday, June 5, at his home in South Royalton will be held June 17 at the Vermont Veterans Memorial Cemetery in Randolph Center.
He was born June 9, 1924, in Northfield, the son of John H. and Inilla (Durkee) Cooper. While attending high school he lived in Randolph and played on the original “Galloping Ghosts” basketball and baseball teams. He graduated from Randolph High School in 1942. After he graduated, John joined the United States Navy in 1942, serving for 20 years and spending 13 of those years at sea. He served during World War II, the Korean War and some of the Vietnam War before retiring in 1962. He was involved in the invasions of Iwo Jima, Okinawa, and Korea. He was Hospital Corpsman First Class.
Upon his retirement, John moved back to Vermont where he enjoyed spending time at his family’s farm in Middlesex. While at the farm, his cousin Sherwood taught him how to hunt and fish. He worked many years as a Hospital Attendant and then supervisor at the Vermont State Prison in Windsor before being transferred to the Windsor Prison Farm where he was a supervisor and councilor. He worked for 26 years for the Department of Corrections before retiring in 1988.
On Oct. 3, 1992, he married Dorothy Bostwick Bingham of South Royalton. They made their home in South Royalton where they enjoyed hunting, fishing, shooting, picking berries and deep sea fishing. He was an avid Red Sox fan. They shared many happy times with family and friends at their hunting camp in West Windsor.
He was a lifetime member of the Windsor American Legion Post No. 25 where he served as Commander in 1984-1985 and was the House Chairman for seven years. He was also a member of the 40 & 8 Veterans Organization. He was a lifetime member of the V.F.W. Post No. 2571 in White River Jct. where he was Commander in 1995-1996 and Adjutant for five years.
He is survived by his wife, Dorothy of South Royalton; three sons, Johnny Cooper of Florida, Sherwood Cooper of Raynham, Massachusetts and Eric Cooper of Charlestown, New Hampshire, four daughters, Christine Anne of Huntsville, Alabama, Debra Tracy of Cornish, New Hampshire, Amy Cooper of Cornish Flat, New Hampshire and Carrie Hutchins of Cumberland, Maine; four step-children and several grandchildren and great grandchildren, and two cousins. He was predeceased by two brothers, Thomas and Lawrence and a sister, Margaret Porter.
In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions can be made to Bayada Home Health Care, P.O. Box 1590, Norwich, VT 05055, or to the South Royalton Rescue Squad, P.O. Box 680, South Royalton, VT 05068.
A private message of sympathy for the family can be shared at www.boardwayandcilley.com.
This obituary first appeared in the June 12, 2014 print edition of the Vermont Standard.
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