Lonnie Cooper, 73, of Mount Vernon, Illinois, passed away at 11:21 am February 3, 2021 at SSM Health Good Samaritan Hospital in Mount Vernon. He was born May 18, 1947 in Mount Vernon to the late Joseph and May (Mather) Cooper. Lonnie married Doris (Beasley) Cooper on July 8, 1975 in Mount Vernon.
In addition to his beloved wife of 45 years, Lonnie is survived by his daughter, Lynn Ann Bethard of Mount Vernon; stepsons (who he lovingly raised from a young age), Jesse Beasley and wife, Teresa and Steve Tate and wife, Holly, all of Mount Vernon; grandchildren, Aiden Bethard, twins, Trevor Beasley and Emily Beasley, and Brennan Tate, all of Mount Vernon; six step-grandchildren; five step-great-grandchildren; brother, Tom Cooper and wife, Helen of Mount Vernon; sister, Geneva Helmuth of Ina, Illinois; brothers-in-law, Joe Burk of Mount Vernon, who was like a father figure to Lonnie, and Bud Mangrum of Phoenix, Arizona; several nieces and nephews; and his cherished pet, Scarlet.
In addition to his parents, Lonnie was preceded in death by seven sisters; seven brothers; one half-brother; and one half-sister. Lonnie proudly served his country in the United States Army from 1966-1968 during the Vietnam War. He was a radio operator and discharged as an E7. During his time in the Army, Lonnie was awarded the National Defense Service Metal, Vietnam Campaign Medal, Bronze Star Medal, Vietnam Service Medal, Army Commendation Medal, and the Combat Infantryman’s Badge. Lonnie worked for 19 years for Alexander Wholesale and then later worked for Walgreens Distribution Center until retirement. He was a member of the DAV #28 and a faithful member of Summersville Baptist Church. He was dearly loved and will be missed by all who knew him.
A Visitation will be held Monday, February 8, 2021 at 10:00 am at Oak Grove Cemetery in Mount Vernon. A Graveside Service will begin at 11:00 am with Reverend Jeff Harrell officiating. Full Military Honors will be conducted at the cemetery by American Legion Post #141. Interment will follow at Oak Grove Cemetery in Mount Vernon. Memorials may be made in Lonnie’s honor to Summersville Baptist Church Youth Group.
Please remember to observe social distancing at this time. Following the CDC and NFDA regulations, we encourage everyone to wear a mask. They will be made available, upon request.
Call Hughey Funeral Home at 618-242-3348 or visit hugheyfh.com for further information.