Richard (Ric) Allen Cooper

June 16, 1939 - September 8, 2011

Ric Cooper passed away at home September 8, 2011, with his family by his side after an extended battle with Parkinson's disease.

Ric grew up in Gold Hill, Ore., attending Gold Hill Elementary School and St. Mary's High School in Medford, Ore. He graduated from the University of Portland majoring in Music Education. After serving in the U.S. Army, he went on to teach High School Vocal Music. He retired from Silverton Union High School in 1997.

He was a talented musician and educator, winning numerous vocal music competitions throughout his career. Ric's favorite pastimes were fishing, especially steelhead fishing on the Nestucca River, and working on his 1931 Pontiac, which he purchased when he was a high school freshman.

He is survived by his wife, Debbra; daughter, Laura Gobbel; son-in-law, David Gobbel; daughter, Holly Cooper; son, Scott Saylor; sister, Maria Cooper; her son, Mark Cooper; his wife, Elena Cooper; and their daughter, Emilia Marie Cooper; grandchildren, Rachael Gobbel, Darren Gobbel, Mathew Linderman, Logan Linderman, Spencer Linderman.

He is preceded in death by his parents, Irene and Ernest Cooper; and his brother, Terry Cooper.

Services will be Saturday, October 1, 2011, at 2:00 p.m., at St. Paul's Catholic Church, Silverton, Ore. A reception will follow at the Silverton Inn and Suites.

The family would like to thank Providence Benedictine Nursing Center and Willamette Valley Hospice for their care and support during Ric's last days. If you wish to make a donation in Ric's name, please consider donating to Parkinson Center of Oregon, OHSU Foundation.

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