Photo:  David A. Cooper

David A. Cooper, 77, passed away on March 3, 2021, at Joliet Area Community Hospice in Joliet. 

He was born on March 4th, 1943, the eldest child of Alexander and Mildred (Jacovec) Cooper.  A 1961 Reed-Custer High School graduate, David worked a variety of jobs during his lifetime.  Most recently he tended to cemeteries and plowed snow through Cooper Maintenance Service.  Dave married Shirley Dare on June 26, 1964 at the Coal City Methodist Church.  He lost the love of his life on July 11, 2017.  Dave was a former member of the Braidwood Volunteer Fire Department and served on the Braidwood Grade School Board of Education in the 1970’s.  Dave was also a 32nd Degree Mason.  During his free time, Dave enjoyed gatherings at the Braidwood Recreation Club and the Coal City Area Club with family and friends.   He and Shirley enjoyed attending Cushman Motor Scooter conventions, John Deere tractor shows, and visiting his sister in Wisconsin.  Above all he enjoyed attending his granddaughter Zoriana’s events:  basketball, track, softball games, and speech contests. 

Dave is survived by his daughter Dawn Cooper and his granddaughter Zoriana, his “Munchkin” and the apple of his eye.  He is further survived by his sister Kathleen (the late Donald) Gerz of Oshkosh, Wisconsin; and his in-laws Georgiean Benson of South Wilmington; George E. (Kathy) Dare Jr. of Morris; Beverly McKee of Cape Coral, FL; Betty (William) Booras of Plainfield and Donna (Joey) Ferrari of South Wilmington.  Numerous nieces, nephews, cousins and friends survive. 

Preceding Dave were his wife, Shirley, his parents Alexander and Mildred Cooper, his brother Daniel, his brother in-law Don Gerz, and his parents in-law George and Marie (Benson) Dare Sr.

Dave’s family would like to extend a thank you to Provena St. Joseph ICU nurses, doctors, and staff.  Additionally, they thank the staff of Joliet Area Community Hospice, especially nurse, Mary.  We appreciate all the support from our family and friends during this difficult time.

Visitation will be at the R.W. Patterson Funeral Home & Crematory on Tuesday, March 9, from 4-7 p.m. with funeral services at 7:00 p.m.  Rev. Dale Tolly will officiate.  Cremation rites will be accorded following services. 

All attendees are required to wear face coverings, follow social distancing guidelines, and due to the capacity requirements, please be brief with your condolences to allow other guests to pay their final respects.  For more information and to sign her online guestbook please log on to or find us on Facebook at R.W. Patterson Funeral Home & Crematory.