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July 19, 1940 - January 4, 2019
Funeral Home Woodlawn Funeral Home, Cemetery, & Cremation
Dee was born July 29, 1940, in Virginia, Idaho, the second child of Claude and Bertha Cooper. He spent his childhood in Idaho and Utah. At the age of 16, Dee joined the Navy. He served two hitches. On his second hitch, he served on the Ticonderoga as a photographer.
While serving on the dry docked Ticonderoga in Bremerton, he met Georgia Dodeward. On July 11, 1964 they married. Dee and Georgia have two daughters, Linda and Laura, and a son when Laura married Dan Kitchings. They have three wonderful grandchildren, Brianna, Dylan and Sarah of whom he was so proud. He enjoyed watching them develop their interests and talents. Dee was thankful that he was able to spend special time with each of them.
Dee’s specialty was photography. He was employed at Hudson Photography while attending Olympic College and the University of Washington, where he graduated with bachelor degrees in accounting and marketing.
Upon his graduation in 1970, he began his employment with the Washington Department of Revenue where he advanced to manager of Miscellaneous Tax until his retirement in 1999.
Dee had many interests and talents. He was a gifted public speaker and story teller with his distinctive voice and wry sense of humor. He had a private pilot license, built two homes and consulted on another, enjoyed photography including collecting antique cameras, camping, and hunting. He believed he could do anything that he could read in a book. He proved this to be true.
Dee had a special relationship with his nephew, Robert and sister-in-law, Ladonna. We enjoyed camping, hiking and bicycling together. He shared his love of airplanes including the Blue Angels and photography with them. Years later, he enjoyed the many family camps at Manchester State Park with Robert’s sons and many of our extended family.
Dee is survived by his wife, Georgia, children (Linda, Laura and Dan) and grandchildren (Brianna, Dylan and Sarah), siblings Claudine Merrell, Roma Jean Ockler, Roy (Cherie)Cooper, Orvid Cooper, Wendy (Kent)Lewis, and Peggy(Craig) Foster, in-laws Lunetta, Ladonna, Julie(Karl), Mary(Fred) and Audrey, and numerous nieces, nephews and cousins. He was predeceased by his father, mother, and sisters, Phebe Ann and Idonna, and his family by marriage, father and mother, George and Alberta Dodeward and brothers-in law, Bill and David.
As per Dee’s request there will not be a service at this time.