Mortie Julian "Coop" Cooper, 77, of Cynthiana, passed away peacefully at his home after an extended illness Jan. 4, 2017.

The son of Mortie Elmer and Julia (Swetnam) Cooper, he was born Sept. 8, 1939 in Portsmouth.

Julian was a Master Mason for many years with both the Sinking Spring and Hillsboro lodges. A printer and editor, he retired from the Chillicothe Gazette in 2002 and had time to focus on his true passion, art and wood carving. Julian was an incredibly gifted artist and used his God-given talent to create breathtaking paintings and exceptional wood carvings.

But Julian was more than just an artist. In addition to painting and carving, his hobbies included writing poems, fishing, genealogy research, gardening, reading, mushroom hunting and arrowhead hunting. To his children, he was (and will continue to be) the person against whom they measure everyone. He had a quiet strength not often found in this world. He was known for his optimism, creativity, vast expanse of knowledge about absolutely everything, his honesty, integrity, loyalty, old-fashioned values and high moral standards. He was a philosopher and theologist. 

Julian was often described by many friends and acquaintances as being the most humble man they had ever met. He was always straightforward and spoke the truth, even when it wasn't what you wanted to hear. He was the most patient person to ever live and the most understanding. His incredible ability to forgive anyone for anything made him a better person than all of us.

Julian was a master of the art of conversation. He loved to have a long, thought-provoking exchange of ideas and theories while sitting on the back porch. His conversations will truly be missed, as well as his sarcastic sense of humor and that grin on his face when he laughed. Julian taught his children and grandchildren to see the beauty in the simple things and that the simple things in life are the most important. He was truly one of a kind and will be missed terribly by his family and all who had the honor to know him.

He leaves his wife of 59 years, Brenda (White) Cooper; his children, Penny (Mike Cross) Cooper, Scott Cooper, Jim (Kathy) Cooper, Mari Francine Cooper, Audra (Greg) Holdren and John (Julie) Cooper; his grandchildren, Heath (Kamy Brown) Rawlins, Amanda Rawlins, Brad Keith, Craig (Kristen) Keith, Shane (Alex) Cooper, Chloe Cooper, Alyssa Rice, Andrew Rice, Gwen Cooper, Bailey Cooper, Olivia Cooper and Will Cooper; his great-grandchildren, Keegan Rawlins, Kade Rawlins, Deegan Brown, Wesley Cooper and Simon Cooper and Kyla Keith; and close family friend David Burns.

He was preceded in death by his parents, Mortie and Julia Cooper; stepfather, Ruley "Ike" Ison; his sister, Anna Lee Clifford; and his daughter, Julie Ann Cooper.

Visitation will be held on Sunday, Jan. 8 from 2-5 p.m. at the family home in Cynthiana. A Masonic ceremony will be held for the immediate family before graveside services at 1 p.m. on Monday, Jan. 9 at the Cynthiana Cemetery.

In lieu of flowers, the family has requested that donations be made to Community Care Hospice of Wilmington.

Services are being handled by Murray-Fettro Funeral Home of Greenfield.
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