July 5, 2023
Avery Cooper, 80, of Gillespie, Ill., died at his residence on June 28, 2023. He was born May 24, 1943, in St. Louis, Mo.
He was a retired master sergeant from the U.S. Army after having served from 1961-1989. He loved dogs, fishing, golfing and sailing.
He is survived by his children, MaryAlice Cooper of Gillespie, Teddy (Shannon) Cooper of Gillespie; and grandchildren, Gabriel Melchert and Orion Hoffman.
Remains will be cremated and interred in Camp Butler Cemetery.
Condolences may be left online at http://www.kravanyafuneral.com. Kravanya Funeral Home, Gillespie, is in charge of arrangements.