Ball & Dodd Funeral Home

5100 West Wellesley Ave, Spokane, WA


Ben Butler Cooper

November 18, 1922May 24, 2019

Our dad went to heaven to be with his wife Betty on May 24th. His family was at his side and able to comfort him in his last few days. He was born in Boyds, WA on November 18th 1922 to Ben and Zelda Cooper. Ben and Betty married in 1942 and had 3 boys, Ben (Dina), Jim (Ann) and Rod (Darlene). He had 6 grandchildren, 10 great and 2 great, great grandchildren. He served in the Army Air force during WWII, as a co-pilot of a B-24 bomber stationed in England. He flew on many bombing missions, meeting the lord and becoming strong Christian in the process. This, he maintained throughout his life and shared with his family and friends. After the war, they joined the Millwood Presbyterian church where he served as a Sunday school teacher, elder and deacon. After the war, he and his brother Don, started Cooper’s Cabinets and worked until retirement in 1989. All three boys worked at the shop gaining valuable experience for life. He was a perfectionist and shared his knowledge to sometimes unwilling teenagers! Ben loved to take his boys fishing, but later traded that in for golf and dancing with mom. From age 12, he enjoyed playing the piano and organ, even playing in a band in the 60’s and 70’s. We would like to thank Orchard Crest Retirement LLC for a wonderful 8 years. Dad said “I can’t believe I get to live here, I love it” Kindred Hospice provided excellent care for dad in his last 6 mos. Dad asked that in lieu of flowers, he would prefer donations be sent to Millwood Presbyterian church for their Sunday school program. Graveside service will be Saturday June 8, 2019 at 2:30 at Greenwood Cemetery at 211 N Government Way. Memorial service will follow at 5:00 at Millwood Presbyterian Church.


  • Ben has 3 boys, Ben (Dina), Jim (Ann) and Rod (Darlene) and 6 grandchildren, 10 great and 2 great, great grandchildren.

  • Adam Cooper
  • Aaron Cooper
  • Dave Cooper
  • Ryan Tibbetts


  • Memorial Celebration Saturday, June 8, 2019


Ben Butler Cooper

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