Born Dec. 12, 1930, in Clay City, he was the son of Cecil and Agnes (Harden) Cooprider.
He graduated from Clay City High School in 1948 and also took classes from the Federal Prison.
He served his country in the United States Army during the Korean Conflict, stationed in Germany.
He retired from the United States penitentiary in Terre Haute as a Correctional Counselor. Prior to that, he was an agent operator for the New York Central Railroad for 14 years. He was an avid hunter and fisherman and enjoyed working in his garden. He also enjoyed euchre with Rosemary. Junior may have been best described as a loving and giving father and friend.
His memberships included Lodge No. 562 F. and A.M., Scottish Rite, valley of Terre Haute, Veterans of Foreign Wars, American Legion of Clay City, the 28th Infantry Division Association, The Federal Prison Retirees Club, The Indiana Historical Society, The Senior Citizens Club of Clay City, The Clay City Nutrition Center and the NRA.
He was preceded in death by his parents, Cecil Ernest and Agnes C. (Harden) Cooprider, whife Phyllis E. Chaney Cooprider, brother Glendale Cooprider and sister Roberta Fulk.
He is survived by two daughters, Rebecca Sue Schlegel and husband Jay, Cory, and Terri Lynne Detraz and husband David, Bowling Green, best friend Rosemary Killion, a brother Donald Cooprider and wife Wanda, Tarpon Springs, Fla., a sister Carol Gerber and husband Bill, Zionsville, four grandchildren, Cody and Kory Crafton, Austin and Brylie Schlegel, sister-in-law Joan VanNees, Clay City, brother-in-law Kenneth Finchum, Greencastle, as well as several nieces and nephews, extended family members and many friends.
Services will be at Schoppenhorst Funeral Home, at 11 a.m., Saturday. Burial will follow at Maple Grove Cemetery.
Visitation will be from 4-8 p.m., Friday, at the funeral home.
In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Clay City Senior Citizens. Envelopes will be available at the funeral home.
To light a candle in his memory, visit www.schoppenhorstfuneralhome.com.