William “Bill” David Cooper  72, of Taylorville, passed away on May 7, 2014 at 8:35 a.m. at Memorial Medical Center in Springfield, IL. He was born September 29, 1941 in Springfield, IL; the son William and Gladys (Roberts) Cooper.  He married  Jean Lowe on June 1, 1963.  He was  the Dietary Manager at the Taylorville Correctional Center in Taylorville, he previously worked for Eisner/Jewel in Springfield and Decatur.  He was a member of Taylorville Mound Lodge #122 A.F. & A.M. and the First United Methodist Church in Taylorville. Bill loved to hunt, fish, read and travel by train. He prided himself on learning something new every day. In his younger years he was an avid Coon Hunter and took pride in his Night Champion Coon Hound “Flat Branch Joker”. He was also an avid Fighting Illini and St. Louis Cardinal fan. Most of all, he loved his children and grandchildren,

He is survived by his wife and best friend of 51 years, Jean Cooper of Taylorville, IL; sons: Craig Cooper of Taylorville, IL and Jeff (Twila) Cooper of Marion, IL; grandchildren: Kayla and Ryan Cooper of Taylorville, IL. He was preceded in passing by his parents and brother, Mike Cooper.

Visitation will be from 10:00 a.m. until 11:00 a.m. on Monday, May 12, 2014 at Sutton Memorial Home in Taylorville, IL. Funeral services will be held at 11:00 a.m. at Sutton Memorial Home in Taylorville with Masonic Rite by Taylorville Mound Lodge #122 A.F. & A.M. Pastor Randy Sands will officiate the services. Burial will be at Oak Hill Cemetery in Taylorville, IL.

Memorials may be made to: Shriner’s Hospitals for Children, Office of Development, 2001 S. Lindbergh Blvd., St. Louis, MO 63131-3597

Arrangements by Sutton Memorial Home, Taylorville, Illinois

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