Willis Cooper, age 91, of Richland Center, died peacefully at Schmitt Woodland Hills on Wednesday, June 27, 2012. He was born in Bloom City on June 4, 1921, the son of Harry and Winnie (Ferguson) Cooper. Willis was united in marriage with Lillian Janney on July 5, 1943 in Lancaster, Wisconsin. They enjoyed dancing together and participating in church activities. Willis was a lifelong Trinity United Methodist Church member. Music was always an important part of his life, including being in quartet competitions and participating in the church choir. As an active owner of Wallace, Cooper and Elliott Insurance agency, family times were treasured when they could get away. Willis enjoyed family vacations to Manitowish Waters, fishing with his grandchildren and friends, and golfing. His Community service and dedication was evident with his service to the Schmitt Woodland Hills Board for more than 20 years, serving as chair of the Consumer’s Cooperative Board, and in the Richland Center Lions Club. He did look forward to nearly daily morning coffee at Papa’s Donuts.
his loving wife of nearly 69 years, Lillian Cooper of Richland Center
their daughter Jeanne (Reed) Horton of Spring Green
three grandchildren: Scott Horton of De Forest
Rob (Krista) Horton of Spring Green
Sara (Chad) Scott of Sun Prairie
six great grandchildren: Michael, Marcus, Mason, Emma and Ayden Horton and Carley Scott
nieces and nephews and other relatives and friends.
Funeral services will be held at 12:30 PM on Tuesday, July 3, 2012 at the TRINITY UNITED METHODIST CHURCH, 400 East Seminary Street, Richland Center. Visitation will be held on Monday evening, July 2, 2012 at the PRATT MEMORIAL CHAPEL from 5:00 PM until 7:00 PM. Visitation on Tuesday, will be at the church from 11:30 AM until service time. The family suggests memorials be directed to Schmitt Woodland Hills or to Trinity United Methodist Church. The Pratt Funeral and Cremation Service is assisting the family with arrangements.