Obituary: Loren ‘Tom’ Cooper

Loren “Tom” Cooper Jr., 80, died Wednesday, July 27, 2016, at Via Christi-St. Francis in Wichita. He was born Aug. 27, 1935, in Leavenworth to Loren T. Sr. and Lela (Smith) Cooper.

On Feb. 5, 1959, he married Beverly Elberson in Miami, Okla., and she preceded him in death on April 18, 2012. Tom was a retired locomotive engineer for Santa Fe Railroad.

He is survived by: daughter Sidney Cooper of Miami, Fla.; sons Larry and his wife Jodie Cooper of Bethoud, Colo., Colten and his wife Marsha Cooper of Goessel, Jason and his wife Rhonda Cooper of Newton, Weston and his wife Melanie Cooper of Wichita, and Cameron and his wife Cheyenne Cooper of Houston. He also is survived by 12 grandchildren and four great-grandchildren.

Loren 'Tom' Cooper

Loren ‘Tom’ Cooper

Tom was preceded in death by his parents, wife and brother Chuck Cooper.

Visitation will be from 5 to 9 p.m. Friday, July 29, at Petersen Funeral Home in Newton with the family receiving friends from 6:30 to 8 p.m. Private family graveside service will be in Greenwood Cemetery, Newton.

Memorials are suggested to Caring Hands Humane Society in care of Petersen Funeral Home.