American Veteran 08

Donald "Don" Cooper

March 24, 1931 ~ September 10, 2021 (age 90)

Obituary

     Donald “Don” Cooper, age 90, of Harrisburg, passed away at 6:00 AM, Friday, September 10, 2021 at the Marion VA Medical Center.

     Don was born on March 24, 1931 in Eldorado, to the late Everett and Stella (Jones) Cooper. He married Barbara Webb on June 10, 1951 and she preceded him in death on October 25, 2012.  Don proudly served his country in the U.S. Army and served in country during the Korean Conflict. Following his time in service, he became an employee of the U.S. Postal Service, delivering mail all over Harrisburg.  Don never forgot his time in uniform and made it his life’s mission to serve veterans from that time forward. Don was the founder of “Little Arlington” in Sunset Lawn Cemetery in Harrisburg. The city of Harrisburg honored Don by naming that portion of the cemetery after him.  Don also established a weight lifting program for the Harrisburg High School athletic department. He remained active for many years, helping young men and women become stronger athletes. Don, accompanied on piano by his wife Barbara, was an active song leader in many churches across southern Illinois for over sixty years. Most recently, Don was an active member at Gaskin City Missionary Baptist Church in Harrisburg.

     Don is survived by his son Terry Cooper and wife, Linda, from Evansville, Indiana.

     Don was preceded in death by his parents and wife, Barbara.

     Funeral services for Donald “Don” Cooper will be held at 4 PM, Sunday, September 19, 2021 at Reed Funeral Chapel in Harrisburg. Rev. Mike Smith and Rev. Scott Johnson will officiate and burial will follow in Sunset Lawn Cemetery with military honors. Visitation will be held from 2 PM to 4 PM, Sunday, September 19, 2021 at Reed Funeral Chapel. Memorial contributions may be made to Veterans Memorial Preservation Fund and envelopes will be available at the funeral home.

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Services

Visitation
Sunday
September 19, 2021

2:00 PM to 4:00 PM
Reed Funeral Chapel
503 E. Sloan Street
Harrisburg, IL 62946

Funeral Service
Sunday
September 19, 2021

4:00 PM
Reed Funeral Chapel
503 East Sloan Street
Harrisburg, IL 62946

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