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Information for Lyle William Cooper
5 April, 1924 6 July, 1995
From the Idaho Press-Tribune
July, 1995
Contributed by Dennis McIndoo


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Lyle Cooper

     Lyle William Cooper, 71, of Middleton, died Thursday, July 6, 1995, at Cascade Nursing Home at Caldwell, after an extended illness.
     Funeral services will be held on Saturday, July 8, at 11 a.m. at Flahiff Funeral Home in Caldwell.  Pastor Don Hardenbrook will officiate.  Burial will be at the hillcrest Memorial Gardens, Caldwell.
     Lyle was born April 5, 1924, in Glenwood, Iowa.  He was the fourth child of John William Cooper and Delia Ruby Cooper.  They moved to Marsing, Idaho, in 1938, where he attended school, and went to work at an early age to help support his family.
     He was drafted in the Army on March 1943, with the onset of WWII, he received his basic training at Fort Knox, Kentucky, and shipped out to Europe in June.  He was attached to the 4th Infantry Division.  He received a Presidential Citation for his unit's breakthrough of St. Lo, France, and also a Purple Heart as he was hit on Thanksgiving Day in a area close to Duren, Germany.  He was transferred back to the states, stationed at Dibble General until his release from the Army in April 1946.
     He married Ethel Margaret Leeper on January 23, 1948.  They moved to Council Bluffs, Iowa, in 1950, where he worked as a mechanic and an auto body mechanic at the Council Bluffs Chevrolet.  They moved back to Idaho in 1952, where he worked as a carpet mechanic for several years, before going into business for himself contracting carpet installation in the Boise, Nampa and Emmett area.  He retired in 1974 and enjoyed fishing, camping, and traveling.  He was caretaker, he took care of his parents in their golden years, his mother-in-law, a long time friend, and his loving wife, Ethel, of 43 years.
     Survivors include his children, Gary and Lynne Cooper, of Boise, Kathy Cooper of Boise, Larry Cooper of Middleton, and Randy Cooper of Middleton.
     He was preceded in death by his wife, Ethel, and a son, Stephen G. Cooper.
     He has 6 grandsons, Jay and Andrea Cooper of Tulsa, Ok, Jamie Cooper, Richie Cooper, David Gish, and Riley Wilcox, of Boise, and Christopher Cooper of Middleton.
     Friends may call today from 4 until 8 p.m. at the Flahiff Funeral Chapel, Caldwell.


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