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Robert “Bob” Cooper

d. April 21, 2023

Robert “Bob” Terry Cooper was born on January 31, 1967 to Frank & Hazel Cooper.  Bob established a reputation, at an early age, as a man who knew his way around the kitchen. Cooking with his grandmother fueled this passion, and Bob went on to work as an amazing chef for local establishments.  Bob’s famous, award-winning “Meat Man Parfait” was a favorite at the State Fair.

When he wasn’t cooking, Bob could often be found fishing.  He had a feisty personality and loved to tease.  Under that tough exterior was a big teddy bear of a man who would do anything to help others.  Bob’s family desire to carry on his legacy, by saying yes to organ donation, is in line with the incredible guy Bob was.

Bob will never be forgotten.  He will live on—not only in the hearts and memories of those who know him best—but also in the lives of complete strangers and all impacted by the generous gifts of donation.

Bob, a beloved brother, son, uncle, and friend, is survived by his mother Hazel, his sister Lynne (Cooper) Woodrum, his adoring nieces Amy (Mason) Woodside and Alyssa (Noah) Adams, three great-nephews Beckham, Ezra, and Thomas, and one great-niece Ceci, and many other family members and friends.  He will be dearly missed.

Bob is preceded in death by his father, Frank.

Celebration of Life will be held at a later date in June.

Memorial contributions can be made to Gift of Hope Organ and Tissue Donor Network; 2401 Memphis Road; Springfield, IL 62702.

Mott & Henning Funeral Home is assisting the family.


  1. Mrs. Cooper, Aunt Lynn and family,
    I am so sorry to hear about the passing
    of your son/brother/uncle. He sounded like a great guy! Know the wonderful memories you have always be with you! ❤❤ My love is with you all

  2. Thoughts and prayers with family at this time, was high school principal at athens when Bob was in school, he was always full of life and a good and fun person, saw him time to time later as well, he will always be missed, never forgotten..

  3. Hazel, Lynn & family. I want to extend to you my deepest sympathy, was so shocked to hear this. We are never prepared for the loss of loved ones. May God wrap his loving hands around you and comfort you during this time. Know thar we are thinking about you and remembering all of the good times we shared, so many years ago. God bless you. Love, Norm

  4. Love ya Bob ,, Watch over us

  5. Hazel,Lynn,and family Sorry for your loss, thinking of your families

  6. Amy and family; so sorry for your loss. I’m sorry that I never had the pleasure of meeting Bob. He sounds like he was an amazing person and gone too soon.
    My sincere condolences to all of your family. RIP

  7. Hazel, Lynne, and family–I am so sorry for your loss and am praying that happy memories provide much comfort in the days ahead.

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