Walter Clarence Cooper Jr., affectionately known as Junior, passed away on September 28, 2023, leaving behind a legacy of love and cherished memories. He was born on June 14, 1945, in Barren County, Kentucky. His passing occurred in Indianapolis, Indiana, the place he called home.
Junior was a man who embraced life fully and had an unwavering strength that served as the foundation for his family. He had a vibrant personality that endeared him to all who knew him. One of his great passions was boating, but interestingly enough, he lacked the patience for fishing. On his 60th birthday, he even fearlessly waterskied, showcasing his adventurous spirit.
Junior enjoyed working for National Starch and Chemical Company for 40 years. He cherished the friendships he maintained even after his retirement in 2007.
He found joy in creating and fixing things both at work and in his personal life. He possessed a remarkable talent for craftsmanship and took pride in his ability to build and repair with precision. Whether it was working on cars, home improvement, or creative projects, he poured his heart into everything he touched.
In addition to his many personal pursuits, Junior was proud to serve as a Green Beret in the US Army. As a paratrooper, his dedication and commitment to serving his country are testaments to his admirable character.
Through all aspects of his life, Junior exemplified love and devotion. On Halloween 1969, he married Edna Terry. His unwavering support for his wife demonstrates the depth of their connection and the bond they shared. Together, they delighted in the simple pleasures of building bonfires and listening to music together. Counted as their biggest joy of life is their loving children and grandchildren.
Left to cherish his memory are daughter, Angie (Mike) McKim of Indianapolis; son, Bud (Karen) Cooper of Churubusco; and four grandchildren, Jessie McKim, Joey McKim, Katelyn Cooper, and Brian Cooper. Two brothers and one sister also survive.
Junior was preceded in death by his parents, Walter and Zelma Cooper (Butler) and a brother, Frank Cooper.
On October 3, 2023, we will gather to honor Junior's remarkable life at Flanner Buchanan - Decatur Township, 5463 Kentucky Avenue, Indianapolis, Indiana, 46221. The visitation will take place from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m., providing an opportunity for friends and loved ones to pay their respects. Following the visitation, a funeral service will be held at 2 p.m., marking a solemn yet heartfelt farewell to a man who touched so many lives. Immediately following the service, burial will take place in West Newton Cemetery.
Junior will forever be remembered as a beloved husband, father, grandfather, a cherished friend, and an extraordinary individual whose vibrant passion for life left an undeniable mark on all those fortunate enough to have known him.