MADISON - Raymond E. Cooper, age 99, of Madison, Wis., passed away on Tuesday, May 16, 2017, at St. Mary's Care Center. He was born on Aug. 8, 1917, in Waunakee, Wis., to Raymond and Caroline (Fleiner) Cooper. He graduated from Waunakee High School and after one year at UW-Whitewater went on to enlist in the U.S. Army during World War II, serving in the Medical Department from 1941-1946. Ray married Doris E. McNeil on Nov. 30, 1946, in Westport, Wis., at St. Mary of the Lake Catholic Church. He was employed for 35 years by the V.A. hospital in Madison as an x-ray technician, retiring as chief of the department.
Ray was very active in his children's lives, teaching them to enjoy many outdoor activities including camping, fishing, swimming, ice skating and tobogganing. He continued these same traditions with his grandchildren and they always looked forward to spending time with Grandpa. During his later years, Ray remained physically active and even rode his bicycle from Madison to Mount Horeb in his 80s.
Ray is survived by his children, Carol Hansen, Ray (Mary) Cooper, Terry Cooper, and Joe (Deb) Cooper; eight grandchildren and one great-grandchild; and in-laws, Arabelle Cooper, Hank and Teresa Neubert, and Shirley McNeil. He was preceded in death by his wife, Doris; his parents; and three brothers, Stanley, Kenneth and Donald Cooper.
Funeral services will be held at 11 a.m. on Monday, May 22, 2017, at CRESS FUNERAL HOME, 3610 Speedway Road, Madison, Wis., with Brother Edward presiding. Burial with full military honors will follow at Resurrection Cemetery. A visitation will be held from 10 a.m. until the service.
The family would like to thank the wonderful staff at St. Mary's Care Center for their loving care for Ray. A special thank you to PA Terri Patwell and Heather, the head nurse of the Memory Care unit, who were with Dad for the six years he was at St. Mary's Care Center. And to Holly and the recreational crew who kept Dad engaged during the time he was at SMCC we are truly appreciative.
Memorials can be made in Ray's name to St. Mary's Care Center, 3401 Maple Grove Drive, Madison, WI 53719. Please share your memories of Ray at www.CressFuneralService.com.