JIM KEITH COOPER
April 25, 1933 ~ August 29, 2015
Jim Keith Cooper, the youngest of five siblings, was born on April 25, 1933 in Concordia, Kansas. While still young, he and his family relocated to Silverton, Oregon, where he played center for the Silverton High basketball team. He was lauded as the best player in the state and went on to become captain of the Oregon All-Star team.
After high school, he joined the Air Force and served a tour of duty in Korea. To support his family, he often worked two jobs, including stints at Nabisco and Frito Lay, but he set his sights on joining the union and becoming a longshoreman. He worked in the shipyards until his retirement in 1987, when he relocated to Long Beach, Washington. He lived happily at the beach for over 20 years, indulging his grandchildren, tending to his small property, clamming, fishing and traveling regularly to Phoenix, Las Vegas, and Mexico. More recently, health problems led him back to Vancouver, Washington where he enjoyed going to movies, eating in restaurants, and rooting for the Oregon Ducks.
He passed peacefully at home on August 29, 2015, surrounded by his loved ones. Jim is survived by his wife, Karen; his sister, Alice; his children, Valerie, Jim and Craig; his step-daughters, Cheryl, Debbie and Mary; his step-sons, Jeffery and Wesley; as well as many grandchildren and great-grandchildren. In lieu of a service, a celebration of life is being planned, and details will be announced when they are determined.
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