Carlos Monroe Cooper 1924 - 2011 Bonner Springs

Memorial services for Carlos Monroe Cooper, D.V.M., 86, Bonner Springs, will be at 2 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 30, at First Christian Church in Bonner Springs. Celebration of Life services will be Saturday, Nov. 26, 2011, at Lake of the Forest Clubhouse, Bonner Springs.
Dr. Cooper died Monday, Oct. 24, 2011 at Pioneer Ridge in Lawrence.
he was born Dec. 8, 1924, in Fennimore, Wis., and moved to this area in the early 1950s. He received his undergraduate degree at Wisconsin University and his Doctorate of Veterinary Medicine from Iowa State University. He was a Merchant Marine in World War II.
Dr. Cooper left his large-animal veterinary practice for work in research at Jensen-Salisbury Laboratories in Kansas City, Mo. Later he purchased the Vet Med Publishing Company, which he owned and operated for 35 years, building it in to an international company.
He was a Kansas state representative for 12 years in the 1970s and 1980s, serving as a Republican in the primarily Democratic western Wyandotte County area. He was active in civic groups, receiving numerous awards including the Marion Vaughn Community Service Award and the National Rotarian Award. He was an elder emeritus and Stephen’s minister at First Christian Church in Bonner Springs. He had served as a youth minister at St. Martin In-The-Fields Episcopal Church in Edwardsville.
He had been on the board of directors at Commercial State Bank in Bonner Springs for many years.
His wife of 55 years, Phyllis Ann Cooper , died in 2001.
Survivors include three children, Lynn Heffley (Stan), Lawrence, Lawrence Cooper (Connie), Abilene, and Earl Cooper, Lenexa; eight grandchildren; and four great-grandchildren.
The family suggests memorials to Vaughn-Trent Community Services, Rotary or the First Christian Church in Bonner Springs, sent in care of Alden-Harrington Funeral Home, 214 Oak St., Bonner Springs, KS 66012.