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Dennis W. Cooper

June 9, 1949 ~ May 3, 2022 (age 72)


Dennis W. Cooper, 72, passed away on May 3, 2022 after a long battle with ALS. He was born June 9, 1949 to Phyllis and Wesley Cooper. He attended St. James Catholic School, Wausau High School, and obtained an Associate Degree in Accounting at Northcentral Technical Institute. He served in the Navy (1968-1972), based in Norfolk, and completed multiple deployments on the Destroyer, USS Corry.

Before returning to Wausau, Dennis lived in Madison working for the Wisconsin Department of Revenue for 34 years.

He was a big fan of the Packers, Brewers and Badgers and loved going to sports bars where he could watch multiple games at a time and play sports trivia. He was kind, generous, and caring.

Dennis is survived by his mother, Phyllis, Wausau, siblings Tim (Shelley Wilker) Madison, Bill (Jean) Weston, Lisa of Wausau, and Susan of Wilmington, NC; nieces Chelsea (Mark) Eagan of Victor, Idaho, Olivia (Timm) Smith of Lodi, and Victoria Houben of Charlotte, NC; nephews Chase (Leah) Cooper of Kronenwetter, Christopher (Sara) Houben, US Navy, stationed in Japan, Phillip Cooper of Wausau. Dennis was preceded in death by his father, Wesley. He was lovingly cared for full-time by his sister, Lisa, for the last 11 months. He faced his disease with patience, hope and humility.

We are grateful for the exceptional care Denny received from Marcy and Tamara.

To honor Denny, please donate to the ALS Association, the ALS Wisconsin Chapter, or Paralyzed Veterans of America Wisconsin Chapter.

A memorial service will be held on Friday, June 10th at 1:30 pm at Church of the Resurrection of Our Lord Jesus Christ, 621 N 2nd Street, Wausau.

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Memorial Service
June 10, 2022

1:30 PM
Church of the Resurrection
621 N 2nd Street
Wausau, WI 54403
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