Donald Gale Cooper

October 8, 1946May 25, 2018

COOPER, Donald Gale "Don" 71 of Dayton, passed away peacefully Friday, May 25, 2018. Don was preceded in death by his wife of nine years Judy Cooper in 2011, and a daughter Tina Cooper in 1994, his parents Donald and Zona (Taulbee) Chism. He leaves to cherish his memory two daughters and sons-in-law Donna and Gene Flory, Cheryl and Wes Groves all of Dayton, five grandchildren Alyssa Stettler, Tiffany Bradley, Justin (Heather) Groves, Robbie Cooper, Shawn (Mikayla) Cooper. Also surviving are three great-grandchildren Christopher, Ryan and Mia Bradley, sister and brother-in-law Linda and Paul Kimberley, brother and sister-in-law Donald and Vickie Chism, one niece, one nephew and many friends. Don was retired from Jet Express where he was a truck driver for 20+ years, was a computer junkie, an Indianapolis Colts fan, enjoyed playing euchre, enjoyed being with his family and was a "wise-cracker". There will be a Gathering of Family and Friends at the TOBIAS FUNERAL HOME ENGLEWOOD CHAPEL, 675 West Wenger Road, Wednesday, May 30, 2018 starting at 11:00 am followed by a Celebration of Don's life at 12:00 pm with Pastor Mark Bradley presiding. Burial will follow in Royal Oak Memorial Gardens, Brookville. Messages of sympathy and support to Don's family may be made at:


  • Gathering of Family and Friends Wednesday, May 30, 2018
  • Celebration of Don's Life Wednesday, May 30, 2018

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Don Chism

May 30, 2018

Donnie...remembering the good times. You, my father, and myself spent together. Pony rides, Mr. Softee ice cream, flea market. RIP bro, prayers are with you.

cheryl groves

May 29, 2018

You were the biggest pain in the butt I ever knew. You would call me up and say I just saw this commercial about Long John Silver or Gold Star Chili and it looked so good so I would ask do you want me to go get it for you. you would say no it just looked so good I would say if you want it just say so I will go get it for you this would go on for about 10 minutes then you would finally say okay if you don't mind go get it for me(I'm gonna miss them calls) You told me once one of the proudest moments in your life was walking me down the aisle to marry a good man (even though you asked me as we are walking down aisle was I sure I really wanted to marry him) you said now you didn't have to worry about me being okay. I'm thankful I got to spend time with you everyday for the last 2.5 months even though you pissed me off and made me cry more times than I care to admit I wouldn't trade that time with you for nothing. Thank you for taking me to London and Paris with you in your mind I'm sure we had an awesome time that was the last good day I had with you where you actually talked with me and knew who I was just not where we were. Wes said you better of left him the $1,000 you was suppose to pay him for marrying me LOL. Love and miss you P.S Don't be up there causing all kinds of havoc with Tina & Uncle Donnie

Janice Beach

May 28, 2018

May you Rest in Peace Donnie. Im remembering the good old days and the many hours out families spent together either playing cards or cooking out or listening to you and Don Beach trying to outcrack each other. Those who touched hearts are never gone

Donna Flory

May 27, 2018

Love and miss you daddy. I know your in a better place. Tina was ready to have her daddy with her. I'm just happy your at peace and no longer in pain. Love you