Dennis Ray Cooper, 80, of La Grange, passed away on Sunday, July 7, 2019.

Dennis was born in Clarksville on Feb. 10, 1939, the son of Travis and Pearl (Davis) Cooper.

Dennis graduated from Connelly High School in Waco and attended Baylor University. He joined the United States Navy and was a medic assigned to the Marines. His duties included helicopter rescue/recovery missions and maintaining an infirmary on Okinawa, Japan.

Dennis’s professional career began at Holy Cross Hospital in Austin, Texas in the radiology department. He later became head of the radiation therapy at Holy Cross. In addition to working at Holy Cross, Dennis worked in lab and x-ray at Fayette Memorial Hospital in La Grange and several medical clinics. During his second career, Dennis served the Fayette County veterans as their Veteran’s Service Officer.

Whether it occurred at local ponds, the coast at Rockport or the trout streams at Creede, Colorado, Dennis’ favorite vacation involved fishing. He also enjoyed attending his son’s and grandsons’ sporting events.

Dennis was a member of the Noon’s Lions Club, the La Grange Bowling League and coached his son, David’s Little League baseball team.

He is survived by his wife, Sondra; son, David Cooper and wife, Wendy; two grandsons: Caden and Jaxon Cooper; one brother, Tom Cooper; brotherin-law and sister-in-law, Glen and Kim Pape; and numerous nieces and nephews.

He was preceded in death by his parents; sister, Bonnie; two brothers: Jimmie and Gary Cooper; nephew, Scotty Cooper; and mother-in-law and father-inlaw, Vaudene and Oliver Pape.

Visitation was held on Wednesday, July 10, 2019 from 12 to 2 p.m., prior to the funeral service, at Koenig-Belvill Funeral Home. Funeral Services followed beginning at 2 p.m. with Pastor Andy Smith presiding. Burial followed at La Grange City Cemetery.

The family suggests memorial donations be made to La Grange Fire Department, Fayette County EMS or to the charity of one’s choice.

Family and friends can view and sign the guestbook online at

Funeral arrangements have been entrusted to Koenig-Belvill Funeral Home & Cremations in La Grange.

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