Norman Ray Cooper
July 26, 1937 – June 4, 2018
Norman Ray Cooper, 80 of Pasadena, Texas passed away at his home Monday, June 4, 2018. He was born July 26, 1937 in Fillmore, Indiana to Robert and Mildred (Storm) Cooper. He attended college in Franklin, Indiana from 1955-1959 and continued to live in the Orleans area until marrying Treva Ann Munsey on September 12, 1958. After graduating from Franklin College in 1959 with an Economics and Business Administration degree, he went to work as a civilian for the United States Air Force in Dayton, Ohio as a contract specialist and in 1962 was transferred to Warner Robins, Georgia. After 3 months he agreed to go to Houston Texas to work for the National Aeronautics and Space Administration working as Chief of Procurements before retiring in May of 1994 after 37 years of service.
Norman moved to Pasadena, Texas in September 1962 and has resided there since then and was a member of the First Baptist Church of Pasadena.
Funeral services will be held 11:00am, Friday, June 8, 2018 at First Baptist Church of Pasadena with Pastor Roland Hill and Pastor Jon Redmond officiating. Burial will follow at Grand View Memorial Park Cemetery. Visitation will be held Thursday evening June 7, 2018 at Grand View Funeral Home from 5:00pm until 7:00pm. Serving as pallbearers will be Howard Sands, Bob Driver, Larry Kenyon, Robbie LaBrier, Eddie Dillow, Gordon Gouldin, John Jones, John Callo, Gene Hatten, Conrad Pucket, Joel Barton, John Gouldin and Darell Beilay.
Norman is preceded in death by his parents; Robert and Mildred Cooper and his sister and brother-in-law; Joanne and Larry Schmelzel.
He is survived by his wife of 60 years, Treva Ann Cooper; son, Michael Dean Cooper; daughter, Sheri Exnicious and husband, Ryan; grandchildren, Brittney Antill and husband, Chandler; Jessica Stanard and husband, Joshua; and Michael Dean Cooper, Jr.
- Visitation Thursday, June 7, 2018
- Funeral Service Friday, June 8, 2018
Norman Ray Cooper
June 9, 2018
I have known Norm and Treva since June, 1959. We began work in Dayton a week apart, and were desk-to-desk until I transferred to NASA in early 1962. I have too many good memories to share here, of work, golf. poker, anx ptofessioal times, good and bad. Norm was exactly as you sawr him; honest and without guile. He was indeed a good Christian man
I never once heard an inappropriate expletive from him. Rest in peace, old friend----you have earned it.
Janet Terry Fields
June 8, 2018
Treva...just wanted to say how sorry we are to hear of Norman's passing...I went down and told mom( Irene Terry) and she was very upset. She begin to tell me many things about Norman and his parents. I remember them back when they were ministers at the Old Baptist Church in Orleans, Indiana. Mom still talks about Mike and my grandson, Baron...meeting you in the restaurant with your friends one day and mentioning coming to Mitchell for the Persimmon Festival...Both his grandparents in Mitchell are both deceased and we don't get to see him very often. Mom talks about Norman and Ronnie being friends. As I am four years younger than Ronnie I do not remember Norman's sister like I do him...but I do remember his mom and dad. They were super nice people. Again our prayers are with you and your family...Mom just celebrated her 93rd birthday...She is doing fairly well just because I live two doors up from her and cook and clean and check on her often... Love and Prayers...Janet Terry Fields 812-320-9197 Cell #
June 7, 2018
Norm was one of the finest Christian men I've ever known. It was both an honor and a privilege to have known him and to have worked with him.
June 7, 2018
Oh, Treva and family, I'm so sorry for your loss. Norm was a treasure. He sort of "grew up" with my husband Bob in the early days at NASA JSC. They worked together, and played together, too--golf and other guy stuff. I knew Norm at work and personally as well, I was so happy to keep up our friendship a little bit after he retired. Like everybody else, I admired him. My condolences to you in this sad time.
June 6, 2018
Norm was a good and trusted friend. He had the unique ability to be a hard negotiator and still make everyone feel at ease. I trusted him implicitly. He always displayed the greatest of integrity and truthfulness in all our dealings, and I always admired him. We have lost a great and highly valued professional.
My heartfelt condolences to the family.
June 6, 2018
Kathie and I send our love and prayers to the entire Cooper family. Norm was a wonderful neighbor, a good friend, and an outstanding professional at his work at NASA where he contributed to so many programs. We will miss him in the front yard, at the NASA Alumni League monthly breakfasts, and in so many other ways. Rest in peace, Norm. You did well!
Kathie and Norm Chaffee
Neighbors and co-workers at NASA