William "Clyde" Cooper of Roseburg, Oregon, beloved father, grandfather, great-grandfather and brother passed away on Monday, November 5, 2018. Clyde was born on December 16, 1926, to Emma and Bill Cooper in Roseburg. He loved Roseburg and lived his whole life there.
Clyde joined the Navy, December 21, 1944. He had just turned 18 and quit high school in his senior year to join. He served on board the USS LST895. When WWII was over, he returned to Roseburg and graduated from high school. He worked for two seasons, 1946 and 1947, for the DFPA at the Middle Creek Guard Station. He loved telling stories about his adventures there. Then he started working for the Douglas County Road Dept. in 1949 as a truck driver. Later he worked for the sign and road striping crew and retired in 1982 as the foreman.
Clyde married Gail Conn on March 12, 1954, at the Lookingglass Church in an evening ceremony. They settled in Melrose and started building their home. They have two daughters, Clyda Jomae Houck and Lesa Gail McJunkin, who both live in the Roseburg area. Clyde loved to hunt and tinker with all things old. You could always find him in the middle of a project or two. After retiring, Clyde and Gail enjoyed camping at the coast and at Rock Creek campground up the N. Umpqua River. They belonged to the Buckaroo Square Dance Club and were members of the Moose Lodge for many years.
Clyde is survived by his daughters, Clyda Houck and her husband Ed, Lesa McJunkin and her husband Al; grandson, Tyler Houck and his wife Erica; great-grandson, Clyde "Bjorn" Houck; step-grandchildren, Erik and Brandy McJunkin; brother, Darrel Cooper; sister, Marcia Kimball; and many relatives including cousins, nieces and nephews. He was proceeded in death by his wife Gail; parents, Emma and Bill; brother, Dean Everett Earl and Mapril Kaylan.
Our family would like to thank Chantele's Loving Touch and Dr. Luke Herscher for the love, care and kindness they showed our father and family.
A funeral service will be held at the Melrose Community Church on Saturday, November 17, 2018, at 1:00 p.m. in the multipurpose room. A light lunch will be provided. Interment will be at the Melrose Cemetery. Arrangements are under the direction of Taylor's Family Mortuary.