Calvin Cooper, 92, Waupun

January 3, 2019

Calvin “Cal” Vincent Cooper, 92, Waupun, passed away Tuesday, Dec. 25, 2018, at UW Hospital in Madison.

Cal was born March 11, 1926, in Richland Center, a son of Buford and Gwenlyn (Railton) Cooper. On Oct. 11, 1947, he married Mildred Mercer in Richland Center. Cal worked for the department of corrections on the prison farm for 28 years (1953-1981) and retired from Dodge Correctional Institution. He was a park ranger at Olympic National Park and had a deep appreciation for nature’s beauty. Cal enjoyed traveling with his wife, playing cards and being outdoors. He was a great storyteller and loved all people and animals.

Cal is survived by his two daughters, Shirley (Rob) Tagstrom of Killeen, Texas, and Avis (Lewis) Sierra of Lake Mills; three grandchildren, Jackie Dowland, Scott (Emily) Feiner and Heidi (Anthony) Currington; two step-grandchildren, Patrick Sierra and Jackie Kaprelian; three great-grandchildren, Ry Feiner, Ashley Strege and Jason Strege; three step-great-grandchildren, Hugh, Conrad and Lucian Campbell; three sisters, Louise Schadauer, Frances Cooper and Kathleen Crary; nieces, nephews, other relatives and friends.

He was preceded in death by his wife, Mildred in 2014; one brother, Harold “Harry” (Ann) Cooper; one brother in infancy, Buford Thomas Cooper; three brothers-in-law, Joe Schadauer, Ivan Cooper and Donald Crary.

Visitation will be held from 10-11 a.m. on Monday, Jan. 7, at Kohls Community Funeral Home, 405 West Main St., Waupun.

A funeral service will be held at 11 a.m. on Monday, Jan. 7, at Kohls Community Funeral Home. A private family burial will follow at Forest Mound Cemetery.

A memorial fund has been established in Calvin’s name.

Kohls Community Funeral Home is assisting the family. Visit kohlsfh.com.

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