Marvin E. Cooper

Born: Monday, January 8, 1934
Passed: Monday, May 1, 2017

5/6/2017 | 9:00 am - 10:45 am
Redeemer Lutheran Church 

5/6/2017 | 11:00 am -
Redeemer Lutheran Church 


Marvin E. Cooper, 83, of Rockford, passed away on Monday, May 1, 2017, in his home. He was born January 8, 1934, in Monroe City, Indiana; the son of Edward and Lola (Berry) Cooper. He served in the United States Army . He married Darlene Geiger on October 7, 1961 in Lindenwood, IL. Marvin was employed with Elco Industries for 36 years. He was an active member at Redeemer Lutheran Church and volunteer at Klehm Arboretum.
He is survived by his wife, Darlene; daughters, Penny (Douglas) Kinninger and Christine (Michael) Dal Pra; grandchildren, Thomas, Nicholas, Zachary Dal Pra , Dane, Keaton, and Harper Kinninger; and sister, Carol (Tom) Whitehead. Predeceased by brothers, Gerald, Keith, Eldon and Ted; and sister, Norma Bacher.
Funeral service will be 11:00 a.m. on Saturday, May 6, 2017, in Redeemer Lutheran Church, 827 16th St. Rockford with Rev. Steven Woita officiating. Private burial in Arlington Memorial Park. Visitation will be from 9:00 a.m. to 10:45 a.m. prior to the service in the church. Memorials to Redeemer Lutheran Church or Klehm Arboretum.

Condolences & Shared Memories (10)

  1. Dee Myles

    So sorry for your loss.  During this difficult time, find comfort in God's thrilling promise found at Revelation 21: 3, 4 to soon wipe out every tear from our eyes, for death to be no more , and no more pain these things will be done away.  Knowing this promise I hope wiil give you the strength to endure. 

  2. Carrie

    I work at Klehm and Marv was one of our "Tuesday Guys" who volunteered weekly to help keep Klehm looking great. He will be missed by many here.

  3. Monty Cooper

    Would enjoy hearing from family , my address is 1242 Upper11th street , Vincennes In. 47591 . Email and on Facebook. Mona would like to hear from the family too

  4. Dan Lemmons

    My condolences to the Cooper Family. I worked with Marv at in the roll-thread dept at Elco back in the early '70s and always enjoyed speaking with him. RIP

  5. Monty Cooper

    Sorry to hear about lost , would enjoy to see my cousin, have seen so of you at all , been 60 years for some of you , I may drive up there Saturday

  6. Steven& Julie Peavy

    Marve was a great neighbor of mine for over 10 years he taught me many things about gardening and his wife Darlean is a special person as well are condolences to the family he will be missed but there is a special place waiting for him In god bless.



  8. Sue Peters

    You are all in my thoughts and prayers! I keep thinking about all the fun times we had during the summer vacations growing up. He was a very special person . My love to all of you.

  9. Terry & Laurie Podeszwa

    Easy going is certainly a good description of Marv. Another attribute that I remember, was his great, dry sense of humor. That, plus his infectious smile, could make anyone laugh. We met the Coopers at Redeemer and did many things together over the years. Our kids were in youth groups, we were in card clubs, we've traveled on several tours, and of course many volunteer work projects at the church together ranging from offices held, decorating the church for special holidays, and even ringing the bells for the Salvation Army. He & Darlene were always willing workers eager to help out. Our prayer for the family and friends at this time would be that the Lord, in His grace & mercy, would give them that "Peace that passes all understanding."

  10. Glenn Ree

    My deepest condolences to your family. I worked at Elco for over twenty years and for many of those years, I was the inspector that worked with Marv. He was always happy, easy going and very willing to talk to you. The kind of guy that just made you feel comfortable when you were around him. We have a Facebook page that has hundreds of former Elco employees. His passing was listed earlier on our page by someone. Many comments and condolences were posted. He was a very well liked person. Again, he will be missed by many many people...