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 Kravanya Funeral Home, Gillespie, is in charge of arrangements.

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