Posted: Thu 6:51 AM, Dec 06, 2012
Funeral Home: Hillier Funeral Home
October 19, 1942 - November 28, 2012
John Ross Cooper went home to be with his Lord on Wednesday, November 28, 2012. John was born on October 19, 1942 in St. Louis, Missouri. He grew up in Cedar Rapids, Iowa and was the son of Wayne and Kathryn Cooper. John was married to his high school sweetheart, Karen Ann Nuernberg. They were married at Pastor Wogan's Church in Cedar Rapids, Iowa on August 22, 1964.
John attended Cornell College and obtained early admission to the University of Iowa Medical School and graduated in 1967. After medical school John completed his internship and residency at the University of Oregon at Portland. He practiced medicine for over 35 years. He was a skilled radiologist. Throughout his medical practice, he saw the invention of new technology and learned new material and skills to diagnose and treat patients. He was trained by a world class physician in interventional radiology when it was introduced.
John was a commissioned lieutenant commander in the United States Navy. He served in the submarine service and was the ship's doctor on the U.S.S. Sam Houston, a nuclear submarine. In addition to being the ship's doctor and an officer he also wrote the ship's newspaper and drew some very humorous cartoons representing life in the navy. John and Karen were stationed on both United States coasts. They lived in Groton, Connecticut and Bremerton, Washington.
John had many interesting and exciting adventures throughout his life. When he was a teenager he hiked across the United States to attend the World's Fair. He also was an award winning sharpshooter and avid hunter. He once hunted for bear in Colorado using a bow and arrow. In addition to his hunting expertise, John made his own arrows and bullets. He was meticulous in everything that he did both professionally and personally.
Throughout his life John was a sailor and he rowed scull. He took his family and himself on many journeys via sailboat and raced sculls in the Puget Sound in the State of Washington. John was also a licensed HAM radio operator and contacted people around the world using HAM radio. He was proficient in Morris Code. He used to sit for hours listening and writing down conversations from other HAM operators around the world. He was an active member of the HAM radio club in Bryan, Texas.
Professionally, John practiced medicine in Port Angeles, Washington, Harlingen, Texas, Greenwood, Mississippi and Bryan, Texas. He was a founding member of the Valley Diagnostic Clinic in Harlingen, Texas. He was a partner and retired from Bryan Radiology Associates in 2003.
John and his wife Karen traveled extensively. They were adventurous and explored England, Germany, France, Italy, Switzerland and Africa. They also took numerous cruises and explored the United States visiting their family and friends. In 2001, they started a family tradition of taking their children and grandchildren to the Mayan Dude Ranch in Bandera, Texas. This tradition is an enduring tradition that continues with a yearly visit by his children in June to Bandera, Texas. John and Karen also loved attending Texas A&M Events, both sports and cultural.
John was a member of First Baptist Church in Bryan, Texas. He was a deacon at the First Baptist Church in Harlingen, Texas. He was active in Bible Study Fellowship and sang in the choir. His faith in God and belief in Jesus Christ was a central part of his life. His greatest love was God and his family.
John was preceded in death by his wife of 41 years, Karen Nuernberg Cooper. He was also preceded in death by parents, Wayne and Kathryn Cooper. He was also preceded in death by Karen's parents, Ken and Harriet Nuernberg.
Survivors include a son, John Paul Cooper and wife Koby with grandchildren, Will, Cole, Trinity and Bella Cooper of Southlake, Texas; daughter, Carolyn Cooper McCall and husband Mark with grandchildren, Cooper, Kaywin, Christine and Caroline of Bryan, Texas; sister, Jane Parsons and husband Jeff of Venice, Florida; sister, Sue Cooper of Eugene, Oregon; brother-in-law, Edward Nuernberg and wife Patty of Ann Arbor, Michigan. He is also survived by nephews John Nuernberg, John Hartman and nieces Erica Nuernberg and Jennifer Hartman.
Special thanks to Hudson Creek Alzheimer's Special Care Center in Bryan, Texas for their excellent care and compassion. Special caregivers include nurses Kristi Raney, LVN, Marcene Emert, LVN and hospice nurse Sandra Gates, RN.
A memorial service is planned for Saturday, December 8, 2012 at 2:00pm at First United Methodist Church in Bryan, Texas with Rev. Rick Sitton, pastor, officiating. Interment will follow at College Station City Cemetery at 3:30 pm. Services are entrusted to Hillier Funeral Home.
In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to Hispanioloa Medical Charity, www.hispaniolamedicalcharity.org
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