Charles Edward Cooper, 71, of Tiffin and formerly Norwalk, died Thursday, May 15, 2014, at Cleveland Clinic, surrounded by his family.
He was born Nov. 24, 1942, in Norwalk, to Louis and Irene (Blinzley) Cooper. He married Barbara A. Adelman Oct. 22, 1966, at St. Paul Catholic Church, Norwalk, and she survives in Tiffin.
Survivors also include his daughter, Kelli Dariano, and two sons, Ty (Jennifer) Cooper and Chad (Polly) Cooper, all of Tiffin; brother, Larry (Jeanne) Cooper of Sioux Saint Marie, Minnesota; sister-in-law, Barbara Cooper of Dunedin, Florida; and five grandchildren, Breanne, Trenton and Brody Cooper and Josephine and Finnegan Cooper.
Preceding him in death were his parents and two brothers, Francis and James Cooper.
Chuck was a member of St. Joseph Catholic Church, Tiffin, a 1960 graduate of St. Paul Catholic School, Norwalk, and attended Bowling Green State University. He joined the U.S. Army in 1963, serving in Thailand and Vietnam until his discharge in 1966. He was a member of AMVETS Post 48, BPOE Elks of Tiffin Lodge 94, Ducks Unlimited and Knights of Columbus Council 608 and Arch Bishop Schrembs Assembly 4th Degree.
Chuck began his career over 50 years ago in the jewelry industry, where he worked at the hometown jewelry store in Norwalk. After serving his country and attending college, he and Barbara moved their family to Tiffin in 1975 and continued his career. After three years, Chuck purchased Jeffrey Jewelry Inc.
He was a community leader, focused on giving back to the Tiffin area in many ways. He served on many area boards and foundations, including the Heritage Festival Board, Tiffin's Pride That Shows, and was the proud founder of the Tiffin Art Guild. His professionalism, generosity and kind heart influenced many people over the years. He will be missed.
Chuck was a proud and loving husband, father and grandfather who cherished the time he had with his family and friends. Over the years, he enjoyed boating, fishing, playing card games, wintering in Florida for many years and, most recently, spending time on his farm.
His Mass of Christian burial will begin at 10:30 a.m. Tuesday, May 20, 2014, at St. Joseph Catholic Church, Tiffin, with the Rev. Joseph Szybka officiating. A rosary will be prayed 20 minutes prior to Mass. Burial will follow at the parish cemetery with military honors provided by the Seneca County United Veterans Council.
Friends may visit and share stories with the family from 2-8 p.m. Monday, May 19, at Hoffmann-Gottfried-Mack Funeral Home & Crematory, 236 S. Washington St., Tiffin, (419) 447-2424. A Christian wake will follow visitation at 8 p.m.
Memorial contributions may be made to St. Joseph Catholic Church, Calvert Catholic Schools, Tiffin Art Guild or a charity of the donor's choice.
Condolences may be sent and the guestbook signed at www.hgmackfuneralhome.com.