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Harold & Phyllis Cooper

Phyllis Jean (Tyson) Cooper and Harold Alfred Cooper passed from this earth to heaven on April 21st and September 17th, 2021, respectively.  After 70 years of married life, it was just a short time Harold would grieve his loss of Phyllis. 


Harold was born January 10th, 1931 on a farm near Tingley, IA to Roy and Agnes Cooper.  He joined his sisters, Imogene and Beverly, and would be followed by his brother, Jerry, and sister, Sherry.  He attended country schools and Kellerton school before graduating from Mount Ayr High School.  During his senior year, he asked a junior, Phyllis Tyson, to prom and thus their life story together began.


Phyllis was born August 17th, 1932 on a farm near Skidmore, MO to John and Jean Tyson.  She was the younger sister of Robert and John and the older sister of Richard.  After earlier years in Shenandoah, IA, her family moved to Mount Ayr where she later graduated from Mount Ayr High School.  During her high school years, she excelled as a pianist and accompanied fellow students at music contests.  Her love of music never waned and she always loved listening to music in the home.


After their marriage in 1950, Harold continued farming until he enlisted in the United States Air Force and served in the Korean War.  Following discharge, he worked at the strategic Alaskan Aleutian Islands radar outpost.  When Harold returned from the Aleutian Islands, his young family moved to a farm near Ellston, IA.  Farming, despite its challenges, was his lifeblood, and Harold spent the rest of his life until his eighties doing so with Phyllis at his side.  Their lives and love during those years were shared with their three daughters.


Their daughters and others experienced Harold’s tireless work ethic, his book on a table always being read and talked about, and golf clubs waiting for a round with friends.  Phyllis always greeted with gracious smiles, laughter, and a listening ear.  She also had a love of many special recipes, and her sewing machine was rarely silent a day. 


Harold and Phyllis are survived by their daughters, Amy (George) Anter, Mary (Eric) Kapustka, and Lori (Paul) Hebert, five grandchildren and nine great-grandchildren.  They are also survived by Harold’s brother Jerry (Judy), sister Sherry (Tom) OBrien and Phyllis’s brother John (Rosemartha), and many nieces and nephews.


A private graveside service was held on April 21st, 2022 at Rosehill Cemetery, Mount Ayr, IA with Darin Dolecheck of Mount Ayr officiating.  He was joined by military personnel from Offutt AFB of Omaha, NE and local American Legion providing military funeral honors for Harold.  Arrangements were provided by Armstrong Funeral Home of Mount Ayr.


Their daughters are grateful for those who gave love and support to our parents during their lifelong residence in Ringgold County.  Our parents’ friendships and affection for the place they called home greatly enriched our own lives.

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Amy, so sorry for your loss. I think at our age, we can only say we have been so lucky to have our parents as long as we did. They helped make our lives special in so many ways.

Fay Howie Apr 23 2022 2:34 PM

I will never forget Harold for he is the reason that I bought the old Needham farm on the edge of Ellston. 18 years on the farm there for me will never be forgotten. Thinking of the Cooper family.

Raydeen Derscheid Apr 23 2022 2:20 PM

Sherry....had not heard of their passing. Such a long married life and they were not apart very long. Sympathy to you and the rest of the family. May God wrap his arms round all of you and give you peace.

Donna Hartman Jones Apr 23 2022 10:06 AM

Mary, Amy, and Lori, and families, So sorry to hear of the deaths of your parents. I remember them from all the years of going to school with Mary and being neighbors to my Aunt Cleone and Uncle Joe Thompson on the farm. Know that my thoughts and prayers are with you all. Dianne (Johnson) Miller

Dianne Miller Apr 23 2022 8:35 AM

A candle was lit in memory of Harold & Phyllis Cooper

Randy & Jodie Lilly Apr 22 2022 10:27 PM

A candle was lit in memory of Harold & Phyllis Cooper

Mary Baker, LPN Apr 22 2022 1:46 PM

A candle was lit in memory of Harold & Phyllis Cooper

Louise Frost Apr 22 2022 1:21 PM