Graveside service for 1st Sgt. Richard Lee Cooper, 66, Fletcher, will be held 10:00 a.m. Thursday August 2, 2012 at the Ft. Sill National Cemetery with Jim Hall, officiating. Arrangements will be under the direction of the Fletcher Funeral Home. Visitation will be held Tuesday from 1:00 p.m. until 5:00 p.m. and Wednesday from 9:00 a.m. until 5:00 p.m. at the funeral home.
Mr. Cooper passed away Sunday, July 29, 2012 at his home in Fletcher. He was 66 years, 7 months, and 2 days old.
Richard Lee Cooper was born December 27, 1945 in Parsons, KS to Clinton and Helen (Goad) Cooper. He graduated from Parsons High School in 1963. After graduation on August 20, 1963, 1st Sgt. Richard Lee Cooper (Ret.) joined the United States Army. He did his basic training at Ft. Leonard Wood before doing his Advanced Individual Training at Ft. Sill. 1st Sgt. Richard Lee Cooper (Ret.) was stationed in Korea in January 1964 with the 1st Battalion of the 77th Field Artillery 9th Infantry Division. He was then stationed at Ft. Bliss, Ft. Sill, and Ft. Riley before being sent to Vietnam with the 9th Infantry Division in December 1966. In July 1967, 1st Sgt. Richard Lee Cooper (Ret.) was assigned to the 2nd Howitzer Battery of the 11th Armored Calvary before returning to Ft. Bragg in January 1968 with the 1st Battalion of the 82nd Field Artillery. While stationed at Ft. Bragg, Richard met Nancy Koster in July 1968 and on August 1, 1968 the two were married. The couple would have celebrated their 44th wedding anniversary this year. 1st Sgt. Richard Lee Cooper (Ret.) was stationed in Germany in 1971 with the 1st Battalion of the 81st Field Artillery Pershing Missile. After 4 years in Germany, he and Nancy returned to Ft. Sill in January 1975 with the 18th B Battery 2nd Battalion. He was stationed in Schweinfurt, Germany in January 1983 with the B Battery 1st Battalion of the 82nd Field Artillery until returning to Ft. Sill in December 1986 with the Headquarters Battery III Corp. Artillery. During his 24 years of serving his country, 1st Sgt. Richard Lee Cooper he was decorated with the following medals: the Vietnamese Cross of Gallantry Unit Citation w/ Palm; Army Service Ribbon; Armed Forces Expeditionary Medal-Korea; Republic of Vietnam Campaign Medal; National Defense Service Medal; Vietnam Service Medal with 2 Bronze Service Starts; 3 Overseas Service Ribbons; 2 Overseas Service Bars; Army Good Conduct Medal-7; Humanitarian Service Medal; and the Sharpshooter (rifle M-16). After retirement, Richard worked as a supply clerk for the Ft. Sill Billeting Office from 1990 through 2006 before going to work at GEO as a correctional officer until 2011. Richard enjoyed camping and fishing and being involved with his sons FFA, basketball, and baseball.
He is survived by his wife Nancy of the home; 2 sons: Danny Ray Cooper and his wife Brandy of Fletcher and David Lee Cooper and his wife Jennifer of Dripping Springs, TX; 1 sister, Dorothy Pattison of KS; and 6 grandchildren: Sadie, Kaitlin, Keaton, Mason, Cassidy, and Caden Cooper.
He was preceded in death by his parents, Clinton and Helen Cooper.
In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions can be made to the Wounded Warrior Project at www.woundedwarriorproject.org .