Archive for Friday, October 14, 2005

Richard “Dick” Cooper

October 14, 2005

— Memorial services for Richard "Dick" J. Cooper, 75, Leavenworth, will be at 3 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 15, at Barnett-Larkin-Brown Funeral Home, Leavenworth.

Mr. Cooper died Tuesday, Oct. 11, 2005, at his home. Cremation has taken place.

He was born May 31, 1930, in Carrington, N.D., the son of Merle and Ottilie (Mutschler) Cooper.

He graduated in 1949 from Leavenworth High School, where he played with the Gentlemen of Note band. Immediately upon graduation, Mr. Cooper entered the National Guard. He served with the 10th Infantry Division, 174th Military Police stationed eventually at Camp Desert Rock, Nev., where he participated in several atomic bomb tests.

After his military service, he was a telegrapher for Union Pacific. He then worked for 32 years as a lithographer at Fort Leavenworth.

He was a private pilot, known for his fabric restoration of small planes. His most proud achievement was the final finish detailing of the only Curtiss Hawk P-6E now on display at the museum of the Experimental Aircraft Association in Oshkosh, Wis.

Mr. Cooper was a lifetime member of the Antique Airplane Association, a 48-year member of Experimental Aircraft Association and also was a member of Short Wing Piper Club. He restored and flew his PA-15 Vagabond for 40 years, winning many club awards for his work. He also restored a second Vagabond, both of which are still flying.

Mr. Cooper also wrote articles on detail and finish techniques for EAA publications, the SWPC newsletter, and was featured in a Air Progress, a nationwide general and model aviation magazine.

Mr. Cooper also enjoyed building model airplanes in minute detail and was known for his 1950 convertible he restored to original condition.

He married Joan M. Ozarkiewitz on July 10, 1954, in Leavenworth. She survives of the home.

Other survivors include a son, David, Prairie Village; two daughters, Patricia Wiles, Leavenworth, and Linda Sprinkle, Milford, Mich.; five grandchildren; a borther, Merle D.; and a sister, Mary Siemans.

The family will greet friends from 2 p.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday at the funeral home.

The family requests memorials to the Antique Airplane Association Airpower Museum or the charity of the donor's choice, sent in care of the funeral home, 707 S. Sixth St., Leavenworth 66048.

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