Gary Joe Cooper

December 7, 1952February 17, 2021

Gary Joe Cooper, 68, of Terre Haute, Indiana, passed away on February 17, 2021 at his residence. Gary was born on December 7, 1952 to Byron Fenton Cooper and Patricia (Long) Cooper Rushing. Gary was raised by his mother and step-father, John Rushing, after his father's passing.

Gary retired from Columbia House and also worked for Thiemans.

He is survived by his three children; Scott Cooper, Jamie Gregory (Clint), and Kristyn Cooper (Lawrence Chapa); grandchildren, Maddie Scott, Jenna Cooper, Jason Cooper, Steven Gregory, Jeffery Gregory, Lilly Gregory, Lauren Maxwell, Kaylin Chapa, and Kylie Chapa; great grandchildren, Marcey Gregory and Landry Gregory; one brother Dan Cooper; along with one nephew, Matt Cooper and one niece, Jenny Cooper.

He enjoyed woodworking, boating, camping, riding his custom golf cart, playing guitar, listening to music and spending time with his family and friends. Gary never met a stranger and was the life of the party.

He was preceded in death by his parents; brother, Mike Cooper and sister-in-law Mary.

Visitation will be held on February 23, 2021 from 11am to 1 pm at the Roselawn Funeral Home. Funeral service will begin at 1pm. Burial to follow at Black (Southern Vigo County) Cemetery.

Roselawn Funeral Home was entrusted with the arrangements. Online condolences can be made at


  • Visitation

    Tuesday, February 23, 2021

  • Funeral Ceremony

    Tuesday, February 23, 2021


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Robert Hill

February 23, 2021

Rest in Peace my friend. Thank you for all the great times we had together and for always being there to make me laugh. I love you brother.

Helena Hill

February 23, 2021

I send my condolences and prayers to All of you. Gary was a classmate of mine and I too thought good of him. He was so kind and so helpful to all of us. Thank you for sharing him. God bless you all.

Jamie Greogry

February 20, 2021

My Dad was one of those greats! He was strength, he was wisdom, and he was our hero in our childhood and adulthood years. He always had that smile, was the “funny papaw” to his grandkids, and always believed in me in whatever I was doing. Always told me he was so proud. My dad always instilled a sense of security and protection in us, and loved us with his whole heart. Dad gave me life, taught me lessons, shouted at me, fought for me, hugged me, and loved me unconditionally. I will forever be missing a piece of my heart for him. I will miss his voice, his smile, his attitude, and just sitting with him for awhile. Love and miss you forever Dad. Forever a Daddy’s girl, Jamie Lee

Betty and Marshall Shutters

February 20, 2021

Gary, you were a true best friend to us. You loved camping, and your boating, and just hanging out with your friends. We love you dude, and you will be missed by all your friends at Blackhawk. The three amigos will always be a great memory. You are loved by alot of people, and our memories will always be in our hearts. Love You Gary, going to miss talking to you. God has you now, and your love for your family doesn't end, it just goes with you in heaven . R.I.P. best friend.

Mendy Bell

February 19, 2021

Gary was a very loving father with best sense of humor. My heart goes out to my best friend Kristyn and her siblings Scott and Jamie. They all loved him so very much and they were his world. Thank you Gary for accepting me as part of your family. You will be greatly missed by all who loved you. Rest in heaven 💖

Debbie Harris

February 19, 2021

I worked at Columbia House with Gary. Whenever I hear his name I smile. He was so much fun to be around. He will be so sadly missed. RIP my friend.

Beverly Griswold

February 18, 2021

Gary was my brother-in-law for a time. Uncle to my son. Many moons ago I shared a lot of good times with him and Debbie. From family fun, bar hopping, the drag strip, driving up and down “the bash” and finally to adulting at work at CBS. Good times! Gary was a good man ❤️