News From Terre Haute, Indiana

April 17, 2013

Otis Donovan ‘Don’ Cooprider


CLAY CITY — CLAY CITY — Otis Donovan "Don" Cooprider, 85, of Terre Haute and formerly a resident of Clay City, passed away at Union Hospital, April 15, 2013, following a lengthy illness. Don was born in Clay City, on July 24, 1927, the son of Coy and Marie (Dreisdadt) Cooprider. He attended Clay City High School before enlisting in the U.S. Navy. He served his country as a Navy Seal and was honorably discharged after four years of service. Don had been employed by Western Electric, in Indianapolis for eight years, and CBS in Terre Haute for 15 years before retiring in 1985. Don married Barbara Smith, on Sept. 7, 1974; she survives.

He was a member of the Clay City Masonic Lodge for 53 years. He also was a life member of the Veterans of Foreign Wars and a member of the American Legion, both in Clay City.

In addition to his parents he was preceded in death by his siblings, Wilbur Cooprider, Charles Cooprider, Susie Johnson, Dorothy Seymour and Helen Schepper.

He is survived by his wife Barbara; a daughter, Corliss Cooprider of Terre Haute; and a stepdaughter, Paula Spriestersbach and husband Doug of Cory; stepson, Steve Strain and wife Patty of Terre Haute; stepgrandchildren, David Hayhurst and wife Colleen, Crystal Evitts and husband Kevin, Shawn Strain, Michelle Barnaby and husband Shawn; eight stepgreat-grandchildren; three siblings, Willdon Heaton and husband Don of Bloomington, Patricia Woolard of Clay City, and Homer Cooprider and wife Karen of Indianapolis; sister-in-law, Thelma Cooprider and a brother-in-law Ronnie Johnson; as well as many nieces, nephews and extended family members.

Services will be at Schoppenhorst Funeral Home, Thursday, April 18, 2013, at 10 a.m., with Pastor Steve Ford officiating. Burial will follow at Maple Grove, with military honors provided by the American Legion, VFW, and members of the U.S. Navy. Visitation will be at the funeral home today, from 4 to 8 p.m. In lieu of flowers donations may be made to the National Kidney Foundation of Indiana, 850 N. Meridian Suite 100, Indianapolis, IN 46204. To light a candle in his memory visit: