Aug. 29, 1919 -- Dec. 17, 2009.
by: Submitted photo, Keith D. Cooper.

Keith Donald Cooper passed away on Dec. 17, 2009. He was 90.

A celebration of life will be held on Saturday, Jan. 9, 2010, at 1 p.m., at the Springwater Grange.

Keith was born in The Dalles, Ore., on Aug. 29, 1919. He was the son of Cyrus Y. and Sarah E. McVey Cooper. He lived in The Dalles until the 8th grade when he moved to Portland and graduated from Washington High School.

After high school, Keith served in U.S. Army from 1939 to 1945 as a 1st Lieutenant. He was assigned to the 1st Infantry Division/6th Engineer Special Brigade/Headquarters. Keith served initially as a topographic engineer and went on to become an intelligence officer. He landed on Omaha Beach at Easy Red on D-Day. He later served as a platoon leader in a combat engineering battalion with the 76th Infantry Division.

After serving his country, he returned to Portland where he graduated from the University of Portland in 1949 with a bachelor's degree in biology. He went to work for the Bonneville Power Administration as an engineering technician and surveyor in photogrammetry, retiring in 1974 after 25 years of service.

From 1962 to 1988 Keith lived in Colton, Ore., before moving to Amity where he had lived for the past 22 years. Keith married Joan Neschke June 11, 1988, in Springwater, Ore.

He is a founding member of Home Orchard Society and J.Z.H. Historical Society. He loved gardening and working in the orchard. He was an avid birdwatcher and a life-long animal lover. His pets and his family were special to him throughout his life. Keith was a member of Springwater Presbyterian Church.

Keith is survived by his wife, Joan, of Amity, Ore.; two sons, Keith Donald Cooper II of Lincoln City, Ore., and Jan A. and wife Marla Abeita of Klamath Falls, Ore.; three daughters, Sharon and husband Gary Sather of Sandy, Ore., Paralee Cooper of Chico, Calif., and Patricia and husband Rick Tawney of Colton, Ore.; 13 grandchildren; 14 great-grandchildren and 3 great-great-grandchildren.

Memorial contributions may be made to Home Orchard Society or Homeward Bound Pets c/o Macy and Son Funeral Directors. To leave online condolences, please visit