Gary Lynn Cooper, 62 of Taylorville passed away at 10:05pm on Friday, August 26, 2016 at his daughter’s home.  He was born on April 23, 1954 in Taylorville, the son of Leonard and Margie (Jackson) Cooper.  Gary worked as a coalminer at Peabody mine #10.  In his spare time, he enjoyed cooking and singing. 


Gary is survived by his mother: Margie Bough of Taylorville; daughter: Keri Cooper of Taylorville; son: Nathan Cooper of Taylorville; grandchildren: Gavin Cooper and Dominick Cooper; step-children: Amy Thompson, Melody Presnell, and Jim Beechler; step-grandchildren: Trevor Beechler, Mallory Beechler, Quinn Beechler, Arianna Presnell, Kaden Presnell, Maizie Presnell, Brinlee Presnell, Izabella Kail, Damari Thompson, and Malyiah Thompson; half-sister: Delores Kiernan of Arizona; step-sister: Pam McCarty of Taylorville; and former wife: Ruthie Cooper of Taylorville. 


He was preceded in death by his father: Leonard Cooper; step-father: Frank Bough; brother: Johnny Cooper; step-brother: Ralph Bough; and step-sister: Shelia Mitsdarffer.


Mr. Cooper will be cremated and a celebration of life will be held at a later date.  McClure Funeral Home and Cremation Services in Taylorville is assisting the Cooper family with arrangements.  Memories of Gary, or condolences to the family may be left online at



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