Leonard Leland Cooper

September 18, 1935March 29, 2021

CSM(R) Leonard L. Cooper, age 85, died peacefully at his home in Fountain, Colorado. He is survived by his wife Rita and their two sons Leonard and Raymond. Mr. Cooper was born and raised in western Pennsylvania, where he enlisted in the Army, retiring from 30+ years of service, (Korean and Vietnam Veteran). Leonard enjoyed skiing and automobiles. He was a great community member; and always helping his neighbors and friends. He will be greatly cherished by all. Committal Service will be held Thursday, April 8, 2021 at Pikes Peak National Cemetery in Colorado Springs at 2pm.


  • Committal Service

    Thursday, April 8, 2021


Leonard Leland Cooper

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K. L. Cool

April 9, 2021

"Top" was 1st Sgt. of "A" Company, 2/32nd Armor, 3rd Armored Division, "SPEARHEAD" at Ayers Kaserne, Germany in 1971 when I arrived as a new 2nd Lt. "Top" requested my assignment to "A" Company.
During the 3 years I served with him, eventually as XO and Motor Officer, 1st Sgt. Cooper and Company Commander Mike Duke led "A" Company from a lack-luster unit to the "Best Maintained Unit" in "V" Corps. An award that had never before been achieved by a Tank Company.
"Top's" contributions and commanding presence will not be forgotten by those he mentored while while 1st Sgt. of "A" Company. I will always remember him as a dedicated soldier, leader, mentor and life long friend. God Bless and Keep Him.

Steve Young

April 4, 2021

The Buckley AFB military Retiree Activities Office (RAO) would like to offer our sincere condolences and our gratitude for CSM Cooper's 30+ years of distinguished service to our country in the Army. If you would like help with any matters related to casualty assistance, Defense Finance & Accounting Service, Survivor Benefit Plan (SBP), Veterans Affairs (VA), etc. you can contact our office on Buckley AFB at 720-847-6693. The RAO is staffed by volunteers, all military retirees themselves, and our sole purpose is to provide assistance to any military retirees and surviving spouses/family members with anything related to their military service and/or benefits, in particular during difficult times such as this. We are deeply sorry for your loss.

Steve Young
Lt Col, USAF, Ret
Director, Buckley AFB RAO

Rainer Stehnicke

April 1, 2021

It`s hard to find words.... were a part of our life -
and we will never forget you!
Never ever...
Even if we can't be here,
but our thoughts are here...

We`ll miss you...

Blandin Karabinos

April 1, 2021

• Our sincere condolences to the family and friends of CSM Leonard Cooper. His fellow troopers of the 11th Armored Cavalry’s Veterans of Vietnam and Cambodia, salute our fallen brother. Leonard served courageously with D Company of the 1st Squadron in 1968 and 1969, and it was our privilege to have him in the ranks of the Legendary Blackhorse Regiment. Our loss is that of another brother down and we will continue to honor his memory at our gatherings and at our annual reunion. A veteran of both Korea and Vietnam, Leonard was an exemplary soldier. His name will be listed on the roll of our honored dead and in our newsletter, Thunder Run. But as our Burial Liturgy clearly states: “life has not ended, merely changed” and as we were together then (in Vietnam), we will be together again in the life hereafter, comfortably enfolded in the loving arms of our Merciful Father.

• Chaplain Blandin W. Karabinos, 11th ACVVC (Vietnam 71-72)