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Ben F. Cooper
A Celebration of Life family dinner will take place at a later date in memory of Ben F. Cooper, 94, of the Ceres area. He died peacefully on March 4, 2010 with his family at his side.

Carlock-Bumgardner of Mineral Wells, Texas, was in charge of arrangements.

Born April 5, 1915 in Demmit, Texas, to Frank and Kittie Cook Cooper. He was raised in the Dennis-Weatherford area. He moved to the Westport area of rural Ceres around 1939 and later moved to Hilmar. Ben retired from the Modesto Junior College District as their head landscaper. In his younger days he worked on the oil pipe lines in Texas and other states. In California, he farmed and worked in construction, raised turkeys for J.S. West in Hilmar. After retirement, he moved back to his Texas home and raised and sold produce. Ben loved guns and hunting and he loved his little dogs, and his family. He was a life member of the National Rifle Association, a member of the American Legion, and a Life Master Mason of the Olive Branch Lodge 792 in Brock, Texas.

He leaves behind his daughters, Linda Holley of Ceres and Gail Turk of Modesto; his brother, Frank Cooper of Irving, Texas; five grandchildren, Sheila Zandbergen of Modesto, Curtis Holley Jr. of Ceres, Chris Holley and Tracy Crawford, both of Modesto, and Debbie Avila of Waterford; four great-grandchildren, Stellar Holley and Bodhi Holley, Sarah Estacio, and Emily Avila; two great-great-grandchildren, Jace Estacio and Maverick Estacio; his stepson, Don Henderson of Mineral Wells, Texas; numerous step-grandchildren; and a former wife, Vera. He was preceded in death by his parents, brothers Bob Cooper, Hugh Cooper and Charlie Cooper, sister Chloe and wives Molly, Helen and Pat.

Remembrances may be sent to Community Hospice or the ASPCA.

-Ceres Courier April 21, 2010