Graduate student, member of National Guard dies

A Shippensburg University graduate student died Oct. 21, according to an email distributed by SU President Laurie Carter.

Michael H. Cooper Jr., 44, of Grantville, Pennsylvania, was an applied history graduate student at SU. Born in Hoboken, New Jersey, Cooper showed an interest in the military at a young age, participating in the U.S. Air Force JROTC and Navy ROTC programs. 

While in the Navy ROTC, Cooper received the New Jersey Governor Award. He also served in the U.S. Navy for four years.

Cooper was involved with the Friends of Gettysburg and showed an interest in helping orphans, leading him to participate in mission trips to Russia and Haiti.

In addition to his parents, Michael H. Cooper Sr. and Althea J. McCabe, Cooper is survived by his brother, sister-in-law, a niece, two nephews and other family and friends.

A memorial service will be held today at 1 p.m. at the Kreamer & Lum Funeral Home & Crematory in Jonestown, Pennsylvania, followed by interment at the Indiantown Gap National Cemetery.

Contributions of the donor’s choice can be made to any charity that works with orphans, The Friends of Gettysburg Foundation or to the Gettysburg Battlefield Preservation Association.

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