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Gary Dennis Cooper, 69, of Sheyenne, ND, died Saturday, March 12, 2022 at the Good Samaritan Society in Lakota, ND.

Gary Dennis Cooper was born December 9, 1952, to Vernon and Bertha (Petersohn) Cooper in Fargo, ND.  He attended school in New Rockford and then later served in the US Air Force.  He married Jodi Nerlien on June 26, 1993.  He has had many jobs over the years, recently being with Pforr Construction.  Gary enjoyed thrift store shopping and could never pass up a good rummage sale.  He loved driving his scooter with the grandkids and lounging around with Simba the cat.  He was a regular at bingo on Saturdays, but just for the kuchen.  Gary never left home without his kazoo in case there was a chance to play “Happy Birthday” for someone.

Gary is survived by his wife Jodi; two daughters, Samantha and April (Chris); two grandchildren, June and Cooper; one sister, Marilyn Schneider; many nieces and nephews; and many other relatives.

He was preceded in death by his parents, Vernon and Bertha; and his brothers, Roger and George.


Gary’s Visitation will be Wednesday, 1:00PM – 4:30PM and will continue Thursday 9:00AM -11:00AM all at Evans Funeral Home, New Rockford.

A Funeral Service will be held Thursday, March 17, 2022 at 11:00AM at Evans Funeral Home, New Rockford.

His Burial will be at the Riverside Cemetery, Sheyenne, ND in the Spring.

Posted Condolences:


  1. My sincere sympathies, Jodi. May God bless all your memories.

  2. Jodi and family, I just heard that Gary was not doing well. So sorry for your loss and my thoughts are with you during this difficult time. I can still hear his kazoo when anybody mentions it!!! The good Lord must have needed him for something to take him so soon. Sending hugs and prayers to all of you.

    Kathy Kraft

  3. Sending sympathy to Jodi and family. So sorry for your loss.💕

  4. Your in my prayers Jodi, loved coop, he’s one of a kind! ❤️

  5. So sorry to hear of your loss. Sending hugs to Marilyn and family and Jodi and Family.

  6. Sending prayers for Gary’s family. My heart goes out to you Marilyn and family

  7. So so sorry for your loss Jodi and family so young to pass so soon prayers and hugs to you!

  8. Jodi and family, So sorry to hear of ‘Coop’s’ passing😔 Sending love, ((hugs)) and prayers for comfort and peace. God Bless🙏🏻💕💔

  9. I will never forget our parties by 281 at Coops. Jodi remember the good times

  10. So sorry to hear about Coop, our prayers are with you and your famliy

  11. Sincerest Condolences to Jodi, April, Sam, June & Lil Coop. Coop was a wonderful neighbor & Friend. Not only did he have a heart of gold, his helping nature, knew no bounds. So many fond memories. We will truly miss him,

  12. So sorry for your loss prayers are being sent to you all

  13. Jodi. My sympathy to you and your family. I have good memories of Coop from when I was living back there. He’ll be missed by many.

  14. I am so sorry to hear about Coop. Sending love and hugs to you all. 💕

  15. Sorry to hear about Coop, condolences to you and the family.

  16. Samantha, Jodi, and family. Sorry to hear about Coop’ s passing. In the short time I knew him he was helpful, funny and had a great smile.
    Coral was so thankful for his help throughout the years after her husband died.
    Let us know how we can help when the need arises.


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