Clair R. Cooper, 83, Sperry New Holland worker, helped bring Soap Box Derby here

By on November 4, 2015

Clair R. Cooper, 83, of Lancaster, and formerly of Ephrata, passed away at home Monday, Oct. 26, 2015.

He celebrated 63 years of marriage in August of 2015 with his wife Doris M. (Maderia) Cooper.

Clair was born and raised in Ephrata, and was a son of the late Henry and Minnie (Krimes) Cooper. He graduated from Ephrata High School and the former Wyomissing Poly Tech. He worked as a tool and die maker for Sperry New Holland. He enjoyed hunting, fishing, bowling, and skiing. Clair was instrumental in bringing the Soap Box Derby to Ephrata.

In addition to his wife, Doris, he is survived by three children: Cynthia L., wife of Thomas Martini, of Murrieta, Calif.; Dean R. Cooper, husband of Valeria (Batt) Cooper, of Leola; and Cherielynn, wife of Ron Stewart, of Seven Fields; seven grandchildren; three great-grandchildren; and two sisters: Pauline Ocker of Lancaster; and Shirley Johnson of Ephrata.

Services were held Oct. 30 at Paul L. Gravenor Home For Funerals, Ephrata, with the Rev. Kenneth Madeira officiating. Interment was private at the convenience of the family.

Donations in Clair’s memory may be made to Hospice and Community Care, P.O. Box 4125, Lancaster, PA 17604.

Services are under the care of Paul L. Gravenor Home For Funerals, Ephrata. To send an online condolence, visit

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