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Rod Cooper, 72, of Ismay died on Friday, Feb. 7, 2014, at RiverStone Hospice House in Billings.
Mr. Cooper was born on April 10, 1941, in Baker, the son of Roy Allen and Lela Ruth Houzvicka Cooper. Except for the past few months at RiverStone Hospice House in Billings, he lived and ranched in Fallon County his entire life.
He was baptized on Jan. 20, 1942, in the Congregational Christian Church in Baker. He attended Sunday school and church from 1951 to 1955 at the Congregational Christian Church in Plevna.
After a few years of homeschooling, Mr. Cooper attended grade school at Dry Fork District No. 33, and graduated from Baker High School in 1958.
After high school, Mr. Cooper stayed on the ranch to help his parents. His father died in 1976. After his Uncle Charles “Charlie” died in 1983, he also helped his Aunt Lottie — and later when she became ill, he took her into his home and cared for her until she died in 1997. Mr. Cooper cared for his mother after she got sick until she died in 2006. He liked helping older neighbors when they needed assistance.
Mr. Cooper is survived by cousins, Donald R. Lee of Medford, N.J., Fred C. Houzvicka of Ismay, Bonita F. Schmitz of La Crescenta, Calif., Mary L. Applegate of Salt Lake City, Utah, Leonard E. Wostrel of Creighton, Neb., (Stanley) Dale Wostrel of Lincoln, Neb., Linda F. Wostrel of Omaha, Neb., Terry L. Wostrel of Denver, Colo., and Beulah M. Garhart of York, Neb.; as well as a host of neighbors and friends.
He was preceded in death by his parents, Roy A. and Lela R. Cooper; and his uncles and aunts, John F. “Fred” and Mary M. Houzvicka, and Charles W. and Lottie V. Houzvicka.
Visitation is Monday, Feb. 10, 2014, from 2 to 5 p.m. at Stevenson and Sons Funeral Home in Miles City. Funeral services will be Tuesday, Feb. 11, 2014, at 10 a.m. at Stevenson and Sons Funeral Home. Interment will follow in the Custer County Cemetery in Miles City.
In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to RiverStone Hospice House in Billings or to the hospice of one’s choice.
Condolences may be sent to the family by visiting: www.stevensonandsons.com.