Ben B. Cooper Obituary, Death – Preceded by
Ben B. Cooper Obituary – Ben B. Cooper, age 80, died peacefully and was surrounded by his family on Sunday, January 2, 2022, in San Jose. Ben was born in Paducah, Kentucky on October 11, 1941, to Travis and Della Mae Cooper. He delighted in sharing stories of his adventurous youth with his children, grandchildren, and great-grandchild. He married the love of his life, Marlene, in 1962.
Ben B. Cooper Marriage
They recently celebrated their 59th wedding anniversary. Together, they raised their three children, and later found true joy in watching their grandchildren and great-grandson grow!
An avid reader and perpetual student of history, Ben’s interests grew into a love of travel with his wife as they toured the world by visiting many of the historic locations he had always read about. Together, by land and by sea, they explored the United States, Canada, Europe, the Mediterranean, and the North Sea. However, his fondest trips were with his children and grandchildren to Lake Tahoe and Hawaii. Through his work and his business, Ben leaves an enduring legacy in the hearts of those who knew him and opened many doors for them along the way. Ben served on the Board of the Builders’ Exchange of Santa Clara County for many years where he made lasting connections and friendships.
Ben B. Cooper Survivors
Ben is survived by his wife, Marlene J. Cooper; his children, Theresa Schetgen (Ronald) of Reno, NV, Pamela Craig (John) of San Jose, and Jason B. Cooper (Karin von Guenner) of Seattle, WA; his grandchildren, Nathan and Matthew Osterman, Katherine and Samuel Craig, Marlene E. and Coal Cooper; his great-grandson, Felix Pulvers; his sisters, Alice Conrad (John), and Jane Hunt (Dale); and many dear cousins, nieces and nephews, and friends who were like family.