Edward C. Coop Jr., 83, of Walsh, Illinois, passed away at 12:58 p.m. Tuesday, July 2, 2019 at Randolph County Care Center in Sparta.
He was born to the late Edward C. Sr. and Elsie T. (nee Pautler) Coop on July 26, 1935 in Belleville, Illinois.
Ed married Laura Mae Link on Nov. 22, 1956 at St. Pius V Catholic Church, in Walsh.
He was a farmer, but also worked jobs out of the Laborers Local #925 in Ellis Grove, and worked several other jobs in the area during his lifetime.
Ed was a member of St. Pius V Catholic Church in Walsh and the Knight of Columbus #1952 in Evansville, Illinois. He was an avid hunter, fisherman and pinochle player who enjoyed spending time with his family.
Ed is survived by his wife, Laura Coop of Walsh; three sons, Mark (Brenda) Coop of Sparta, Mike (Kelly) Coop of Evansville and Melvin (Kelly) Coop of Walsh; one brother, James (Kathleen) Coop of Evansville; a brother-in-law, Leland Schuetz of Effingham; seven grandchildren, Laura (Jacob) Burkett, Andrea (Cody) Gowler, Zachary Coop, Trevor (Beth) Coop, Amanda Coop, Kelsie (Chad) Buss and Klayton Coop; six great-grandchildren, Mia and Cooper Burkett, Myra Gowler, Parker and Imogen Coop and Hudsen Buss; and many nieces, nephews, cousins and friends.
He was preceded in death by his parents and several brothers- and sisters-in-law.
A funeral Mass for Edward Coop Jr. will begin at 11 a.m. Friday, July 5, 2019 at St. Pius V Catholic Church in Walsh, with Father Vincent Mukasa officiating. Interment will follow in St. Pius V Catholic Cemetery in Walsh.
Visitation will be held prior to the service, from 9 to 11 a.m. at St. Pius V Catholic Church.
Memorials in Ed's name to the St. Pius V Catholic Cemetery Fund would be appreciated. To view this obituary and sign the register book visit www.wpfh.net.