2012-10-18 / Obituaries

James B. Cooper

James B. Cooper, 85, of Manistique, Mich., died Monday, Oct. 15, 2012, at Schoolcraft Memorial Hospital in Manistique.

He was born Aug. 4, 1927, in Detroit, Mich., the son of Edmund and Grace (Dukinfield) Cooper and lived in Ferndale, Mich., as a child. He attended schools in Ferndale.

During World War II, he served in the U.S. Navy aboard the USS Boxer seeing duty in the Pacific Theatre.

On Aug. 29, 1969, he married the former Lucille L. Lackey in Dearborn, Mich., and they made their home in Troy, Mich., for many years. They moved to the Manistique area on Aug. 29, 1989.

Jim was employed as a master electrician by the International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers Union in Detroit on many construction job sites throughout southeastern Michigan.

He was a member of the First Methodist Church in Ferndale and the Schoolcraft County V.F.W. Post

No. 4420 of Manistique. He was also a blue lodge mason.

Jim enjoyed doing yard work, monitoring the weather, bird watching, and was an avid reader. He had a unique sense of humor and set an example for others, demonstrating true love and devotion to his wife.

Jim is survived by his wife, Lucille L. Cooper of Manistique; sons, Mark S. Cooper of Sterling Heights, Mich., Neil A. Cooper of Ferndale, and Brad M. Cooper of Fountain, Colo.; step-son, R.B. Mayes of Livonia, Mich.; nine grandchildren; several great and great-great-grandchildren; and his sister, Anne C. Adams of Warren.

Visitation will be held from 11a.m. to 1 p.m., Thursday, Oct. 18, at Messier-Broullire Funeral Home in Manistique. Funeral services will follow at 1 p.m., at the funeral home with Reverend James Troyer officiating.

Burial will be held in Fairview Cemetery at Manistique.

Online condolences may be expressed at www.mbfuneral.com.

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