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Ray H. Cooper

At his request no services are planned for Ray H. Cooper, who died of acute leukemia Oct. 28, 2004, at his Tahoe Paradise home. He was 85.

Ray was born Oct. 18, 1919, in Kansas and at an early age moved to Colorado. He married his childhood sweetheart, Fran Caughdy, of Durango, Colo. Following a very short tour with the U.S. Army, Ray signed on as a mechanic with United Airlines and was assigned to Seattle, Wash. After several years he was assigned to flight officer training, and upon graduation was assigned as a flight engineer in Denver, Colo. Later, while based in San Francisco, Calif., he was promoted to chief flight engineer. He ended a 42-year carrier in that capacity and upon his retirement in 1983, Ray and Fran moved to their summer home at Lake Tahoe. Ray loved the outdoors and working in his beautiful yard in Tahoe Paradise along the upper Truckee River. Known as Pa Pa to his grandchildren and great-grandchildren, he was their best pal. His family and his home meant everything to him.

He is survived by his wife of 64 years, Fran Cooper of Tahoe Paradise; son and daughter-in-law, John and Dalice, and their daughter, Meagan, of Seattle; granddaughter, Wendy, and her husband, Mike Reed, and their daughters, Cassie and Dreanne of Tahoe Paradise. He was preceded in death by his son, Ray Cooper Jr.

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