Vannis Julius Cooper, 89, of Lawrence, Kans., formerly of Cassville, passed away Wednesday, Jan. 8, 2014, in Pioneer Ridge Nursing Facility in Lawrence.
He was born July 22, 1924, in Coffeyville, Kan., the son of William Hardin and Ruth (Clark) Cooper. On March 31, 1946, he was united in marriage to Amanda Alice Sapp, who preceded him in death on July 13, 2010. Also preceding him in death were his parents.
Survivors include: three sons, Larry Cooper and his wife, Donita, of Whitsett, N.C., Danny Cooper and his wife, Debby, of Mt. Ida, Ark., and Steve Cooper and his wife, Gayla, of Lawrence, Kan.; five grandchildren; and one great-grandchild.He grew up and received his education in Coffeyville, Kan., where he graduated from high school. During World War II, he entered the U.S. Air Force, serving from Nov.7, 1942, to Dec. 21, 1945. He then worked as a machinist for Missouri Pacific Railroad. He started working on steam engines and worked through to diesel engines. In 1999, he moved to Cassville. In 2012, he moved to Kansas to be near his son, Steve. He was a member of Cassville First Baptist Church -- North Point.Funeral services were held Monday in Fohn Funeral Home, Cassville. Rev. James Weaver conducted the services. Burial, with military honors, was at Maplewood Cemetery, Exeter.
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