Gary F. Cooper, age 72 of Nebraska City passed away on Tuesday, June 27, 2017, at his home.
Gary Floyd Cooper was born Dec. 8, 1944, in Nebraska City; the son of Floyd and Lorraine (Bell) Cooper.  
He attended Camp Creek Country School and graduated from Nebraska City High School in 1962.  
He then attended Universal Trade School in Omaha and graduated in 1963 in Auto Mechanics.
For most of his younger life he lived on a farm south of Nebraska City.  He remained a farmer all his life.  
Gary grew up knowing hard work and when old enough always worked two and three jobs.  
While in high school he sheared sheep and while having his own flock, he traveled to many farms in surrounding areas to shear theirs.  
His sheep shearing days ended when he was 46.
He worked for Western Auto, Paap’s Mobil, sold insurance and retired from American Meter after 45 years of service.
He loved boating and often traveled the Missouri River down from Sioux City.  
His biggest boating excursion was with friends on a trip from Nebraska City to the Mississippi River.  
He also obtained a private pilot’s license and loved to buzz the boaters on the river.  
He was an amateur meteorologist and could always tell you the weather forecast.  
He was a volunteer firefighter and served as the President of the Jaycee’s in 1977-1978.  
He was a bowler and loved to engage all his friends in round table talks.
Gary started at American Meter in 1964 and held supervisor positions in Injection Molding, Die Cast and Regulators.  
He also joined the Industrial Engineering Department and traveled to Algeria and Yugoslavia to set up those companies.  
Later he made frequent trips to Fullerton, Calif., to learn about Regulators and move that department back to Nebraska City.  
He became the supervisor over that area.  Eventually, prior to retirement, Gary traveled to Mexico to help set up Regulator construction there.  Gary retired on May 1, 2009. In 1991, he purchased the farm he was cash renting and referred to it as “Nathan’s 80” after his uncle.  
He enjoyed being with friends and sharing what he had.  He had bonfires and hayrides and the occasional card party.  
He had a pumpkin patch called Boos Pumpkin Patch for 9 years.  
It was small and geared for locals to take their younger children, but affordable for all.  
“Boos” was named after his grandson Austin, with whom he had a very special bond.  
Gary and Austin were pretty much inseparable.  They were never to be trusted alone at a farm auction or vehicle shopping.
Gary also maintained a special friendship with Jim and JoAnn Hanks whom he knew from his school days.
He is survived by his wife Shelley; son James Cooper and husband Steve of Sioux Falls, S.D.; daughter Nikki Carlson of Sidney, Iowa; daughter Dustinette Cooper and significant other David of Lincoln; son Dustin Carlson and fiancé Nikki of Omaha; son Gary Cooper of Nebraska City; daughter Shandra Cooper and fiancé David of Nebraska City; Austin Carlson of the home; daughter Tiffany Stoner and husband Steve of Platte City, Mo.; sister Sharon Herzog and husband Jim of Nebraska City; sister Janet Ashlock of Nebraska City; eight grandchildren; many nieces and nephews, aunts, sisters and brothers-in-law, and friends.
Gary was preceded in death by his parents.
Funeral Services will be held on Monday; July 3, at 11 a.m. at Gude Mortuary in Nebraska City with Pastor Terry Weible officiating.  Burial will follow in Wyuka Cemetery.
The family will greet friends from 4 p.m. to 6 p.m. Sunday at Gude Mortuary.
 Memorials may be given to the family.
Remembrances may be left at www.gudefuneralhomes.com.
Gude Mortuary in Nebraska City is in charge of arrangements.