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Gary (Coop) Cooper of Wood Dale, Illinois, age 73, passed away suddenly on Sunday, December 3rd at his home.  Gary was born on August 15, 1944 in Chicago, Illinois to Edward and Dorothy (Papsien) Cooper.  Gary graduated from Fenton High School and went on to study at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago.  Gary was in the Army Signal Corps (Psy Ops Division) during the Vietnam era and it obviously made an impact on him since he used the Signal Corps logo for his business (Cooper Communications).  Gary had many interests and accomplishments throughout his life.  While living in Des Plaines, Illinois, he organized the annual Octoberfest for many years, was active with the Chamber of Commerce and was a Past President of the Des Plaines Jaycees in the 1970s.  This affiliation and his love for motorcycles prompted him to organize the Jerseypine Cruisers Motorcycle Touring Club in 1978.  He started building and selling motorcycle trailers in the late 60’s and later formed Trailmaster Inc., designed several camper and cargo trailers, and was still active in this business until his death.  His many interests also included photography, travel, Door County and 5-string banjo.  Gary always had Bluegrass music playing loudly in the background.  Gary’s personality and his heart were larger than life.  His number one concern was that everyone was always taken care of.  Gary will be remembered by his wife Linnea (nee Mosher); daughter Karen (Vladimir) Roganov; son Dale; grandchildren Marissa, Irina and Mark Roganov; sister Janet (Alan) Gutenschwager; brother-in-law Robert (Norma) Mosher; many nieces and nephews; family friend Peggy, and many dear friends.  Gary was preceded in death by his parents. 
The family will greet friends at the Pedersen Ryberg Mortuary, 435 N. York St., Elmhurst on Thursday, December 7, 2017 from 3 to 9 p.m. and on Friday, December 8, 2017 from 11:00 a.m. until time of funeral service 12 Noon.  Interment private. For info 630-834-1133.