Lance Edward Cooper was born July 20, 1942, in Hartley, Iowa, the son of Robert and Mabel Cooper. He passed away Tuesday, December 18, 2018, at his home in Denison, Iowa, at the age of seventy-six.
Lance was baptized in Christ in 1942 and later confirmed his faith on April 22, 1956, both at First English Lutheran Church in Spencer, Iowa. He received his education and graduated from Spencer High School with the class of 1961.
On June 13, 1961, Lance enlisted in the United States Navy and served his country until being honorably discharged October 26, 1964, receiving the Antarctic Service Medal. Lance was united in marriage to Joelle Cowan on August 7, 1966, at First English Lutheran Church in Spencer, Iowa. The couple made their home in Denison, Iowa, and was blessed with the birth of three children.
Lance was employed for 30 years with United Parcel Service from 1965 until 1995, when he retired. After retiring from UPS, he went to Alaska for seven weeks to fish with a friend, then worked part-time at the country club before finally retiring.
He enjoyed bowling with his wife on a mixed league, singles and mixed doubles. He volunteered for the Denison flag football program, was a little league umpire and senior league coach. Lance also found great pleasure in going to Vegas and the area casinos, fishing in Canada and other areas, traveling to Sturgis on his motorcycle, collecting coins, playing cards and chess, and gardening, both flowers and vegetables. He was a self-proclaimed chef who smoked turkeys.
Lance was preceded in death by his parents; his wife, Joelle in 2013; and his brother, Bobby, who died this past October. Survivors include: one son, Blake and friend, Tracey; two daughters, Lana and Melanie; five grandchildren: Erik, Kayley, Sara, Brayton and Shane; three great-grandchildren, Lauren, Harper and Easton; one sister, Judy and her husband, Tom; other relatives and friends.