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DEATH NOTICE: Bernard D. Cooper, 77

Funeral services for Bernard “Bernie” D. Cooper, 77, of Robins, Iowa, will be at 11 a.m. Saturday, Jan. 4 at the First United Methodist Church in Marion. The Rev. Mike Morgan will officiate.

Visitation will begin at 9 a.m. Burial will follow at Cedar Memorial Park Cemetery under the direction of Cedar Memorial Park Funeral Home.

Cooper died Dec. 29, 2019. He was born May 8, 1942, in Castana, Iowa, to Herman and Donna Muckey Cooper. He married Barbara A. Berryhill on April 28, 1963, in Marion.

Cooper founded P.E.S. Inc. (the predecessor to the Acterra Group Inc.) in Marion and served as its president for more than 45 years. He retired in 2004. He also served as president of the Petroleum Equipment Institute and Steel Tank Institute during separate terms, and he was a board member of Tokheim Corp.

Cooper also owned and operated Affiliated Leasing Corp., American Soils Processing, Advanced Environmental Services, Associated Electric, B&H Tank Corp., BBAK Investments, Bar-Ber Consulting, Cooper Asset Management, Cooper Properties, Design Builders Construction, Foresee Enterprises and Heritage Bank.   

He served on boards including Cottage Grove Place, Marion United Way, Boy Scouts of America, St. Luke’s Foundation and Linn-Mar Foundation. He was active in the Marion Jaycees, the Marion Chamber of Commerce and was a founder of the Marion Economic Development Co.   

He was a member of the Trojan Lodge. He was delegated a Knight Commander of the Court of Honour of the 32nd degree of the Scottish Rite, and he was part of the El Kahir Shrine, Jester Unit. 

Cooper was a parishioner of the First United Methodist Church.

Survivors include: his wife, Barbara; a daughter, Tammy (Randy) Danover of Marion; three sons, Terry (Terri Lyn) and Tad (Suzi), both of Cedar Rapids, and Tony (Donna) of Batavia, Illinois; 12 grandchildren, three sisters and a sister-in-law.

He was preceded in death by his brother Craig and his parents.

In lieu of flowers, the family requests memorial donations be made to the Shriners Crippled Children’s Hospital or the Cottage Grove Foundation.