In Loving Memory of
Ruel N. Cooper II
September 25, 1940 – January 24, 2021
A Virtual Celebration of Life was held on February 14, 2021 at 2:00 PM PST
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Ruel Newton Cooper II passed away peacefully on January 24th surrounded by family. He was born on September 25, 1940 in Dexter, MO and enjoyed growing up in several small Missouri towns with his sisters Anne Pruett and Betty Bertrand. They moved to Tucson, AZ in 1957 and Ruel graduated from Tucson High School in 1958. He met the love of his life, Susan Finney, on a blind date on February 5, 1960, and they were married on November 27, 1963. Ruel studied business at the University of Arizona and graduated in 1965. He was a lifelong fan of the Arizona Wildcats and always enjoyed cheering on his team, Bear Down!
Ruel started working for Mountain States Telephone and Telegraph in 1959, climbing telephone poles and working in the central office while attending the UofA. After getting his degree he was transferred to several cities—Phoenix, Denver and Boise, returning to Tucson in 1981. He enjoyed being social in the Tucson community and was active in the Casas Adobes Rotary Club serving as president one year, and The American Red Cross where he volunteered as board chairman. He retired from U.S. West Communications as a District Level supervisor in 1991 after 31 years of service. Ruel loved visiting with family, traveling, patiently counseling 7 grandchildren on the importance of learning to handle money, eating at Mexican restaurants in Tucson, playing blackjack at the Casino del Sol and visiting with old telephone company friends. Ruel was a kind and thoughtful man who was well respected and made friends easily wherever he went. Intelligent and interested in business, he read the AZ Daily Star every day. His generous spirit and positive outlook on life made him a role model for his children and grandchildren. Ruel was diagnosed with Parkinson’s disease in 2012. He never lost his sense of humor and always greeted everyone with a smile and a funny story. Ruel and Susan moved to Newport, Oregon in November 2020 to be closer to family.
He is preceded in death by father, Ruel Newton Cooper and mother, Alta Mildred Judd Cooper Smyth and stepfather Alvin Smyth.
He is survived by his wife of 57 years, Susan Cooper, daughters Kylle Clemons (Sean) and Kara Cooper (Matt Grass), son Ruel N Cooper III, sisters Anne Pruett and Betty Bertrand, stepbrothers Alvin Jr, Jimmie Lee and Mike Smyth, as well as seven grandchildren: Keagan, Kyla, Belia, Lola, Bobby, Cooper and Luke, great grandson Beckham, and by many nieces, nephews and cousins.
Ruel will be remembered as a loving, considerate and kind son, father, grandfather, great grandfather, cousin, uncle, stepbrother and friend. He lived a full life and will be cherished forever.