Walter Franklin Cooper
1933 — 2014
BURKE COUNTY — Walter Franklin Cooper, 80, of Burke County, died Wednesday, March 5, 2014.
He was born in Ashland, Kentucky, May 11, 1933 to the late Grace Paazig Cooper of Mount Vernon, Ohio, and the late Franklin Donald Cooper of Bellevue, Ohio. As a youth, he worked as a paperboy and raised rabbits. He graduated from Ashland High School in 1950 and received a B.S. in agriculture from Berea College in 1954. The same day he graduated from Berea, he married his wife of 60 years, Emma Maynard Cooper.
Walter served in the U.S. Army in Korea. He returned home to work for the U.S. Department of Agriculture as a soil conservationist, pursuing a lifelong love of nature he developed while attending summer work camps at Cathedral Domain near Beattyville, Kentucky, as a child. During his career, he worked in Ohio, Missouri, and Western North Carolina, with his office in Waynesville.
In addition to having a passion for bluegrass music, Walter was a postmark collector with a collection of over 1 million postmarks from all over the world. He spent many volunteer hours with the Postmark Collectors Club and at the Postmark Museum in Bellevue, Ohio. As a result of his hobby and his love of rural places, he visited all 3,144 counties and equivalents in the United States and six continents, including Antarctica.
He is survived by his wife, Emma; daughter, Amy Cooper Outlaw, and husband, Tony of Atlanta, Georgia; son, Alan Cooper, and wife, Janet, of Great Mills, Maryland; grandchildren, Viorel Outlaw, of Atlanta, Georgia, Andrew Cooper, of Hammond, Indiana, Hannah Cooper Turpin, and husband Shane, of Great Mills, Maryland, and Costel Outlaw, of Okinawa, Japan.
In lieu of flowers, the family is requesting that donations be made to Burke Hospice or Berea College, Berea, KY.