Raymond I. Cooper, 74, died July 18, 2004. He was born Dec. 24, 1929 in Baytown Texas, the son of Virgil and Edith Cooper.
After attending Baytown Schools, he joined the U.S. Air Force in 1950, the beginning of the Korean War and served 20 years, retiring in 1970. Mr. Cooper rose in the ranks from airman to 2nd Lieutenant, achieved navigator and then pilot status. He flew the KC-135 and in Labrador, the Otter Seaplane.
Honorably discharged holding the rank of Major, he and his family retired to Austin, Texas.
He earned a BBA from the University of Texas in 1972 and worked several years for the State of Texas as an auditor.
Mr. Cooper and his wife, Anne, lived in Maine for seven years and finally settled in Payson in 1993.
He enjoyed woodworking, travel, and his friends and neighbors.
Surviving are his wife of 49 years, Anne Winslow Cooper of Payson and three sons, Gregory of Mesa, John of Austin, Texas, Tom of Livermore, California, and two daughters, Connie Henderson and Jeanne Cooper, both of Austin. Two loved daughters-in-law, Cindy and Barbette, and one loved son-in-law, Marvin Henderson of Austin and three grandchildren; Blake and Wesley Cooper, and Hannah Henderson, all of Austin.
He is also survived by his sister, Nina of Austin, and his brother, Lee of Arlington, Texas, and his brother-in-law, Frank Winslow and wife Josselyn of Bellingham Wash.
Funeral Mass to be held at 10 a.m., Thursday, July 22 at St. Philip the Apostle Catholic Church. Burial service to follow after the Mass.
The family invites relatives and friends to the parish hall following the burial service.