Cooper, Thomas William (March 13, 1908 - June 13, 1981)

Funeral services are held for

William T. Cooper

Douglas Budget - June 18, 1981

Graveside services for Thomas William Cooper, 73, of Torrington were scheduled for 2 p.m. Wednesday, June 17, 1981 at the Horseshoe Cemetery at Glendo.

Mr. Cooper died in the Torrington Community Hospital Saturday, June 13.

Born March 13, 1908, at Cincinnati, Iowa, he was the son of William and Christina (Swanson) Cooper. He was graduated from high school in Mendota, Mo.

After graduation, he worked in area bakeries and cafes before moving to Midwest, Wyo. in 1928.

On July 26, 1933, he married the former Winnie Maye Ballard at Deadwood, S.D. Together they farmed and ranched near Gillette until 1937, at which time he became the foreman of the Twiford Land and Livestock Co. From 1951 to 1956, he owned and operated the Glendo Cash Store and in 1956 purchased the Lazy W Motel in Torrington which he operated for 12 years.

Also during this period, Mr. Cooper started contract painting and dealing in antiques, which he continued until his retirement in 1978.

He was preceded in death by his parents, nine brothers and sisters.

Besides his wife of Torrington, he is survived by three daughters, Mrs. Everett (Evelyn Joy) Engling of Glendo; Mrs. Jerry (Helen Louise) Hughes of Cumming, GA., and Mrs. Dave (Juanita Kay) Ferrari of Cheyenne; two brothers, Chester of Plano, Iowa; Francis of Melvindale, Mich.; four sisters, Mrs. Gladys Mattson and Mrs. Guy (Norma) McCumber, both of Des Moines, Iowa; Mrs. Della Chamberlain of Ottawa, Ill., Mrs. Jack (Maxine) Rhea of New Jersey, eight grandchildren and two great-grandchildren.

The family suggests memorials to the American Cancer Society or Moran Park at Glendo, which may be sent in care of the Colyer Funeral Home in Torrington.


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