Kelly Wade Cooper

March 25, 1943 ‒ June 13, 2019

Cardington, Ohio
Formerly of Galena, Ohio

Kelly Wade Cooper, age 76, of Cardington, died on Thursday, June 13, 2019, at his home surrounded by his loving family.

On March 25, 1943, Kelly was born in Floyd County, Drift, Kentucky, the thirteenth of fifteen children of the late Henry Cooper and Artie Mae (Moore) Milburn Cooper.  He left school early to start working to help make ends meet for his family.

A jack of all trades, Kelly worked in construction most of his life.  He could do anything, but he was best known for his skills pouring and finishing concrete.

Having a green thumb, Kelly “could grow anything.”  Every year he loved planting a huge crop of vegetables to watch over, especially enjoying his tomatoes and peppers.

Kelly could always be found tinkering in his garage.  He was an excellent auto mechanic, and could diagnose your car’s troubles just by listening to it.  Family and friends were always welcome in his garage, to tell stories and enjoy cold beverages.

Kelly had a huge heart, and he never stopped worrying about his beloved family.  They were his first thought in the morning and last thought at night.  He cherished every moment spent with his children, grandchildren, and great-grandchildren.

Kelly was a workaholic, always keeping busy trying to fix whatever his family and friends needed.  He also could be a stubborn and ornery ole’ cuss, but he always kept everyone in the room laughing.  His family will rest easy tonight knowing Kelly is no longer in pain and recently gave his life over to the Lord.

Left to cherish his memory are his five children: Julie (Mike) Bosley of Carey, Karen Ramsey of Ada, Jason (Danielle Herzog) Cooper of Huntersville, NC, Billi (Tim) Henning of Delaware, and Kelly “Kacey” (Lisa) Cooper of Cardington; 24 grandchildren and 20 great-grandchildren; three siblings: Roy Cooper, Bertha Conley and Truman Cooper; and numerous nieces and nephews.

Including his parents, Kelly was preceded in death by two sons: John Cooper and Karen’s twin, Keith Cooper; one great-grandchild; and eleven siblings: Curtis Cooper, Bill Cooper, Glen Cooper, Lewis Cooper, Oscar Milburn, Ernest Milburn, Lucy Artrip, Arnold Cooper, Jessie Cooper, Frank Cooper, and Goldie Mae Cooper.

His family will greet friends from 4 – 7 pm on Thursday, June 20, 2019, at the Snyder Funeral Homes, Craven Chapel, 67 N Main St, Mount Gilead.  Services honoring his life will be observed at 1 pm on Friday, in the chapel at Woodlawn Cemetery in Ada, Ohio.

Memorial contributions may be made to the funeral home to assist his family with funeral expenses.

Snyder Funeral Homes of Mount Gilead are honored to serve Kelly’s family and your condolences may be expressed to them by visiting

  • So sorry to hear of Kelly’s passing. As a Christian, I always think of our loved ones waiting for us who were left behind when they passed. Kelly’s just gone on to be with the rest of the family. It will be a great reunion for us when we’re with our family who has gone before us. May God bless the Cooper family at this time..