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Cooper, Dale E.

Cooper, Dale E.

October 27, 1935 — April 29, 2022

Dale Eugene Cooper, 86, passed away peacefully surrounded by family at his home in Clinton, Missouri on April 29, 2022, at 5:45pm. His Celebration of Life will be held at the First Baptist Church of Clinton, 1531 North Vansant Rd., Clinton, Missouri 64735, Saturday, May 14th.  Visitation will be at 10:00am and service at 11:00am followed by graveside service at Hopewell Cemetery, Montrose, Henry County, Missouri.

Dale grew up in Clinton, Missouri where he attended grade school and high school. He joined the Marine Corps in January 1954 through January 1957 then remained in the Reserves until 1962. Dale was the son of Lee K. Cooper and Jessie V. Smith Bingaman. Dale is survived by his wife Dianna Marie Cooper (Dee), daughter Shelby Gail Cooper, stepson Larry E. Alexander, sisters Leona Wilson, Velma Dalton, and Mary Bullock, four grandchildren, Sean Alexander, Coby Alexander, Alex Alexander, Haley Alexander and one great grandson Noah Alexander.

Dale loved life and lived it to it's fullest. He never met a stranger. Dale always had a smile and a kind word for everyone he met. He was a member of The First Christian Church of Smithville where he served as a Deacon and headed the food pantry program. He taught Sunday school for a brief time.

Dale retired from the office machine and computer industry, MTC (Midwest Technology Company) where he worked or 33 years. He started driving a school bus for Smithville, Missouri school district. When fully retired Dale and his wife moved to Cottonwood, Arizona for four years and enjoyed every minute of it. He returned to Smithville in late 2015.

Dale was a firm believer in taking at least one vacation a year and his travels have taken him to many destinations in and out of the country. His real passion was sailing. He loved racing his sailboat inland and on open waters. He taught sailing for William Jewell College and the Red Cross. He belonged to the yacht club at Jacomo Lake and Smithville Lake. Lots of fun times were had by Dale, with his family and friends.

Dale will truly be missed!

In lieu of flowers, donations to Hopewell Cemetery can be sent to the following address:

John Wilson
Hopewell Cemetery
3695 SW Hwy P
Montrose, MO 64770

Hopewell is a small country cemetery where Dale's family rest. It is privately taken care of by different individuals who mow the grounds and keep the records of burial plots. It is maintained by donations only so any donations are greatly appreciated.

Service Information

His Celebration of Life will be held at the First Baptist Church of Clinton, 1531 North Vansant Rd., Clinton, Missouri 64735, Saturday, May 14th.  Visitation will be at 10:00am and service at 11:00am followed by graveside service at Hopewell Cemetery, Montrose, Henry County, Missouri.

In lieu of flowers, donations to Hopewell Cemetery can be sent to the following address:

John Wilson
Hopewell Cemetery
3695 SW Hwy P
Montrose, MO 64770

Hopewell is a small country cemetery where Dale’s family rest. It is privately taken care of by different individuals who mow the grounds and keep the records of burial plots. It is maintained by donations only so any donations are greatly appreciated.

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