PAULDING -- Rollin R. Cooper, 79, died Monday, January 27, 2014, at Parkview North Regional Medical Center, Fort Wayne, Ind.
He was born June 16, 1934, in Paulding, the son of Troy and Mary (Brown) Cooper. On August 7, 1955, he married Sharon L. Grimes, who survives. Rollin served in the U.S. Navy from 1952-56. He was previously employed by Paulding Exempted Village Schools as a boiler operator and bus driver. He was employed for 31 years at BF Goodrich, retiring in 1994. Rollin was an avid hunter and fisherman, traveling to Canada for many years with family and friends. Rollin and Sharon traveled to Alaska in 1998 for three months visiting many states. He also enjoyed photography, woodworking, welding and gardening and was famous for his wonderful smoked meats. He was a member of the First Christian Church, where he was a trustee and property committee member.
Rollin is survived by his wife, Sharon Cooper, Paulding; two sons, Michael Cooper, Paulding, and David (Teresa) Cooper, Grabill, Ind.; a daughter, Susan (Dennis) Knapp, Paulding; two sisters, Shirley Cooper Green, Convoy, Ohio, and Jeannie (Charles) Thomas Waterbury, Fishers, Ind.; grandchildren, Sarah Knapp, Brian (Julie) Knapp, both of Paulding, Andrew (Lila) Cooper, Montezuma, Ohio, Libby (Ross) Knueven, Ottoville; and great-grandchildren, Lily and Kynzi Knapp, Kolton Knueven, and baby Cooper due in February; also wonderful pets, Izzy, Gracie and Queenie.
Rollin was preceded in death by his parents; son, John Cooper; brother, Troy "Vern" Cooper; and wonderful companion dog, Greta.
Funeral services will be conducted at 11 a.m. Saturday, February 1, at First Christian Church, Paulding, with Rev. Paul Biery officiating. Burial will follow in Pleasant Grove Cemetery, Paulding, with military graveside rites accorded by VFW Post 587. Visitation will be from 2:30-8 p.m. Friday, January 31, at Den Herder Funeral Home, Paulding, and one hour prior to services on Saturday at the church.
In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to First Christian Church maintenance fund or Boy Scout Troop 315. Online condolences may be sent to www.denherderfh.com.