Charles T. Cooper, age 88, resident of Brainerd, slipped away on Thursday, Jan. 17, 2013, at Good Samaritan Society-Bethany to join his wife, Geneva. He will be both sadly and fondly missed by son, Charles, surviving sister, Doris and extended family of many nieces and nephews, special caregivers, John and Demita, his wide network of friends and acquaintances, indeed, a large portion of the entire Brainerd community.
Charles served in the Army Air Corps during WWII, as a decorated (Purple Heart, Air Medal, P.O.W.) Veteran, serving as a B-17’s ball turret gunner. Charlie was shot down over Germany, spending the final 14 months of the war as a P.O.W in Germany (Stalag Luft 1).
Brainerd knew Charlie as an area liquor salesman for Phillips Liquor Company, bar owner (Charlie’s Bar, Pillager), and salesman wine division head and consultant for Rohlfing Bros.
He was a life member of the American Legion and VFW.
He is preceded in death by his parents, Charles T. and Mary Cooper; wife, Geneva Cooper; brother, Thomas Cooper; sister, Patricia Cooper (Brady).
Mass of Christian Burial will be held 1 p.m. on Thursday, Jan. 24, 2013, at St. Francis Catholic Church in Brainerd with Father Daniel Weiske officiating. Military honors will be provided by Brainerd VFW Post No. 1647 Color Guard. Visitation will be held from 5-7 p.m. on Wednesday at the Nelson-Doran Funeral Home in Brainerd and will continue the hour before services at the church on Thursday. Charlie’s earthly resting place will be Arlington National Cemetery in Arlington, Va., where he goes to be reunited with his wife, Geneva.
Nelson-Doran Funeral Home and Crematory, Brainerd, Minn.