Barry L. Cooper

June 27, 1946 ‒ September 23, 2014

Galena, Ohio

Barry L. Cooper, age 68 of Galena, died Tuesday morning September 23, 2014 at St. Ann’s Hospital in Westerville after several years of Multiple Symptom Atrophy which left him wheelchair bound.
He was born on June 27, 1946 in Charleston, WV to the late Ira and Myna Cooper. He was a Vietnam Army Veteran serving as a Green Beret often operating behind enemy lines. Barry had lived here since 1969 coming from West Virginia. He came to Ohio and entered the Iron Workers Apprentice Program and worked for 18 years with Iron Workers Union Local 172. He then started his own Precast Construction Company with 2 others and eventually became the sole owner of a multi-million dollar company.
Barry was a member of the Ohio Bowhunters, Wyandot Archers, NRA, Rocky Mountain Elk Foundation and Safari Club International. He enjoyed anything outdoors and loved to hunt, play golf and fish. Barry was a kind and gentle man who loved to work in order to provide for his family.
He is survived by his wife of 47 years: Julia A. (Jarrell) Cooper and they were married May 6, 1967 in Bradley, WV; sons: Hunter L. (Deborah) Cooper of Mount Vernon, Shane A. Cooper of Titusville, Florida; brothers: Ronald (Peggy) Cooper of Reynoldsburg, Eddie (Sue) Cooper of Massillon; sisters: Sandra (Billy) Pack of Winchester, Ky., Sue (Leslie) Cameron of Huron.
Preceded in death by his step-mother Kathleen Cooper.
Friends may call Friday from 5-8 p.m. at the DeVore-Snyder Funeral Home, SR 3 at 61, Sunbury. Funeral services will be held Saturday 11 a.m. at Genoa Baptist Church, 7562 Lewis Center Road, Sunbury with Pastor Frank Carl officiating.
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  • Julia,
    I am so sorry for the loss of your husband & soul mate. From our conversation’s I could always feel how much love & devotion of care you have for Barry. He had a very special gift of having you for his wife as you had a very special gift of him. I can only imagine the love the two of you shared and how happy you made each other. I never had the pleasure of meeting Barry but I’m sure I would have had a friend if I would have. He had to be a wonderful & special man judging by his lovely wife. My prayers & love to you.
    Connie Fitzpatrick (Sambuca’s Italian Greenhouse)

  • Dear Julie and family,

    Was very saddened to hear of Barry’s passing. He was a wonderful man and a great father. I know many people will feel the loss of Barry in their life greatly.

    You all are in my thoughts and prayers,

    Cindy Giraud Elder

  • Julia so sorry .. sending love and prayers.. your mom and your family have always been special to my family.. praying for you.. jo ann kuhn. vickey and Debbie.

  • Julia,
    Jimmy and I were so sorry to hear that Barry had passed away. He has such great memories of growing up with all his cousins in Comfort.
    Please know that our thoughts and prayers are with you and your whole family during this heart wrenching time.
    Jimmy and Lucy Sharp Lizella, GA.

  • Julia , You will never know how sorry I am to see that Barry has passed away.. We just attended his and Larry’s 50 year class reunion not even two weeks ago , and we were anxious to see you and Barry there . ..He was a great guy and will be greatly missed by friends and classmates..take care.. Sending love and prayers to you and your family.. Love , Lavada

  • Julia, words do not express how sorry I am for your loss of Barry. He was a great husband and father and friend to many. I am sure the loss of his presence will be felt by all who knew him.
    May God wrap His arms around you and the boys during this time.

  • Julia so sorry to hear of Barry’s passing. May God wrap his arms around you and your family and give you peace and comfort during this time. Love and prayers.

  • Dear Julie & family:

    We were so sorry to hear of Barry’s passing. Gordon has great memories of his times spent with Barry hunting. He was a really great guy and will be missed by all who knew him.

  • Please accept our most heartfelt sympathies for your loss…..our thoughts are with you and your family during this difficult time. Prayers for strength for you & your family.
    Gate Precast Company

  • Julia
    How quickly time passes, our lives are so short here on earth. I am so very sorry to hear of your loss. I prey that you will find comfort in knowing that you are not alone and that you are loved and supported by many.
    Your in our thoughts and prayers!

  • Dear Julie,

    Bob and I are so sorry to learn about Barry. Now he is fishing in the big waters!!!
    And probably loving it. I will always remember our lunch time walks down Broad Street to gaze way up on top of the tallest buildings looking for Barry and waving to him.

    Our hearts and prayers are with you.


    Joyce and Bob Leo

  • Julia, so sorry to read of Barry’s passing. May God comfort you and your family as only He can !! Barry graduated with my brother Jim, who went to be with the Lord last year !

  • Dear Julie,
    I’m so sorry to hear about Barry. Even though you were good friends with my dad I always thought a lot about the two of you all those years growing up. You and your family are in our thoughts and prayers.


  • Julie, I am so sorry to hear of the passing of Barry. My thoughts and prayers are with you and your sons. You have been very very strong for a very long time, I pray you find the peace that you deserve.

    Thinking of you
    Shirley Mertz

  • Julia,

    You and Barry are a wonderful couple and great friends which we hold close to our heart. We will miss Barry and will keep you and the boys in our thoughts and prayers. You are a strong loving person and God’s love and care will get you through this loss. We will stay in touch.

    Love to you and your family,
    Kermit and Pat

  • Julie, Shane, Hunter and Deborah,
    Our hearts go out to all of you. Barry had such a kind and gentle way about him. From the very first moment we met him we felt like we had known him forever. I am happy to have called him our friend. I am glad for the few times Mike and Barry had the time to share stories from Viet Nam and of course the fishing tales they told each other.

    May God watch over all of you and help you all get through these trying times of sorrow. We are here for all of you. God Bless the Cooper family.

    Mike and Bev Searles

  • So very sorry, Julie. May God keep you in His loving, merciful arms. My thoughts and prayers are with you.

  • We are so very saddened to learn of your loss. He was such a nice man that made everyone feel he was happy to see them. He was a great influence in Wesley’s early adult years and we will always be grateful for that.

    May God give your family strength and comfort.

    Thinking of you and sending our deepest sympathies.

  • Julie,
    You and your family will always be in my prayers. I am grateful to Barry for many things, most notably the opportunity to run the company. He is in my thoughts everyday as I make decisions for the company. May God bless you all.