Charles Cooper

November 27, 2021

On November 27, 2021, Charles Leroy Cooper of Merrillville, Indiana died in Dyer, IN. Charles was 87 years old.

He was born the oldest of eight children - 5 girls and 3 boys -  in Oshkosh, Wisconsin to  Delbert and Cora Cooper (nee Rutherford). Charles had earned a Bachelor of Arts from Oklahoma Baptist University and a Masters of Religion from Southwestern Baptist Theology Seminary in Fort Worth, Texas. He had served as a pastor of Wolf Baptist Church in Oklahoma, Tioga Baptist Church in Tioga, Texas, First Baptist Church Ridgway, and First Baptist Church in Vienna, Illinois, and Golf Road Baptist Church in Des Plaines, Illinois.

Charles pastored Liverpool Baptist Church in Lake Station, Indiana before he retired and remained a member at Liverpool. He enjoyed traveling, and led many tours of the Holy land and other countries through Christian Travelers.

More than anything else he loved his family, and had great pride for his children, grandchildren and great-grandchildren.  He will be dearly missed and fondly remembered by all who knew and loved him.

Charles is survived by his loving children: Randy (Joanne) Cooper of The Villages, Florida, Nancy (Gary) Harner of Monee, IL and Kelly Cooper of Minocqua, Wisconsin; thirteen cherished grandchildren: Angela and Daniel Harner, Jenna (Manuel) Castro and Kenny Cooper, Mark (Erin) Daily, Matt Daily, Kayla (Albert) Cook , Jon (Tianna) Phillips, Jayson Phillips, and Jeremy Phillips, and Calwin [Melanie] James and Charlie [Melissa] James; 8 cherished great-grandchildren; and many extended family members and friends.

He is preceded in death by his beloved wife, Rene, to whom he was married for 66 years before her passing on January 7, 2020. He is also preceded in death by his dear daughters: DeAnn Cooper and Karen Okasaki; and his precious grandson, Jimmy Phillips.

A chapel service will be held at 1:00 PM on Tuesday, December 7, 2021 at 7535 Taft Street, Merrillville, Indiana. Pastor Gary Harner officiating.  Friends and family are invited to visit from 10:00 AM until time of service.  Interment Calumet Park Cemetery.

Visitation

Tuesday, December 7, 2021
10:00 AM - 1:00 PM
Calumet Park Funeral Chapel

7535 Taft St., Merrillville, IN 46410 VIEW MAP

T 219-736-5840
F 219-685-5128

Service

Tuesday, December 7, 2021
1:00 P.M.
Calumet Park Funeral Chapel

7535 Taft St., Merrillville, IN 46410 VIEW MAP

T 219-736-5840
F 219-685-5128