Robert Wayne Cooper, 88, of Benld, died at his residence on Wednesday, November 21, 2018, at 3:38 p.m. He was born on June 2, 1930, in Granite City to Norvel Cooper and Dorothea Mae (Shane) Cooper. He married Ivy Magdalene (Partridge) Cooper. She preceded him on death on August 24, 2018.
He was a machinist for Echlin. Robert was a former member of Moose. He was a member of the machinists union and he enjoyed barbecuing.
He is survived by his children, Ivy (Butch) Warren of Granite City, Robbie Cooper of Channel View, TX, Patty (Gary) Whitworth of Wilsonville, John (Wanda) Cooper of Patosi, MO, and William Cooper of Benld; grandchildren, Larry Warren Jr, Timmy Warren, Carolette Vandygriff, Kimberly Abbott, Christie Bertolis, Scott Whitworth, Jacqueline Bilbruck, Tony Cooper, Shari Tilley, Tasha Gregory, Helen Lawson, Kenny Hedrick, Jewel Cooper, Christopher Cooper, and Crystal Ellis; 37 great-grandchildren; 5 great-great-grandchildren; sister, Carolyn McFarland of Sullivan, MO; many nieces and nephews.
Robert was preceded in death by his parents; spouse; grandsons, Curtis Whitworth, and Shawn Cooper; and brother, Norvel “Corky” Cooper Jr.
Gravesite services will be held on Friday, November 30, 2018, at 1 p.m. at Pratt Cemetery, Patoka, IL. Kravanya Funeral Home is in charge of the arrangements.