Perry Ross Cooper, 50, died on Dec. 22. He was born Dec. 31, 1961, in Klamath Falls to his mother, Susie, and father, Darrell.
After graduating from Heppner High School in 1979 Perry joined the Air Force and served one tour in Europe. Having been raised in a military family, he was excited to have the chance to see as an adult some of the places in Europe he had visited as a child.
Perry attended Blue Mountain Community College and worked at the Pendleton Armory for a time, from 1986 to 1990. Once he settled in Burns, Perry began working for the Burns School District in 1993 as a grounds keeper. He then began, in 1996, as the facility manager at Slater Elementary School. Perry was also actively involved in the community as a Boy Scout leader, Past Master for the Burns Masonic Lodge and a member of Pioneer Presbyterian Church.
Perry was passionate about his hobby of model airplanes, making sure to share his knowledge with his sons. He also cherished his position at the school and made sure to give extra time for the work needed. Throughout his life, Perry instilled a sense of hard work ethic in his sons by example and taking the initiative to manually fix anything that crossed his path. With a quote from his son Joel: “I wouldn’t be the man I am today without my father.”
Perry is survived by his sons, Joel, Andrew and Tyler; grandson, Henry; mother, Susie Robert; sisters, Darla Pierce and Leah Hyatt; and fiancee, Heather Sell and her daughter Alexandra Sell.
Donations in Perry Cooper’s memory can be made to the local Boy Scouts in care of LaFollette’s Chapel, P.O. Box 488, Burns, OR 97720. A guest book can be signed online at: www.lafolletteschapel.com.