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Rev. Dr. Murray M. Cooper
  • First Presbyterian Church
    8047 Church Street
    Richland, MI 49083

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1 of 13 | Posted by: William Cooper - Onia, AR

“Sorry for your loss Mike was my first Cousin, Though I haven't seen him in many, many years, he and the memories of him will always be cherished. May...Read More »
2 of 13 | Posted by: William Laurence Cooper - Onia, AR

“My deepest condolences and sympathies to your family. The last time I saw you was 30+ years ago. My mom and my grandfather always spoke fondly of you...Read More »
3 of 13 | Posted by: Shay Sandoval-Flores - Dowagiac, MI

“There are very few people that you meet in your life that can uplift your spirits with a simple conversation. Murray not only had this gift, but he...Read More »
4 of 13 | Posted by: Kim Barnett - Kalamazoo, MI

“First meet Murry as a sibling of a scout. Then he became a family member as he was my dads best friend. As I moved in to creating tang growing my...Read More »
5 of 13 | Posted by: Heather, Darwin, Tyson, and Sheldon Putt - MI

“I was sorry to hear about Murray's passing. I take comfort in knowing that he is in a better place and someday we will be together again. Gary. ”
6 of 13 | Posted by: Gary Shoemaker - Kalamazoo, MI

“Prayers and condolences for you and your family. I knew Murray through Scouts and Ham radio. ”
7 of 13 | Posted by: Jack Price - Kalamazoo, MI

“So sorry for your loss. My husband and I were great friends with Murray at WMU. We went on to be room mates on Fellows and Forest Street. We had...Read More »
8 of 13 | Posted by: Denise Richards - Portage, MI

“Murray had the strongest faith of anyone I have ever known. He was a dear, caring, compassionate man, always eager to teach and to learn, and always...Read More »
9 of 13 | Posted by: Sandy Carahaly - Richland, MI

“I had the honor of working with Murray at Upjohn from 1998-2003. He was quite the character to say the least. I have many fond memories of him and...Read More »
10 of 13 | Posted by: Jason Manro - Noblesville, IN

“Murray led so many of the Richland community's best organizations--as president of the board of Gull Lake Community Schools, as longtime president of...Read More »
11 of 13 | Posted by: Pat Hanavan - Cleveland Heights, OH

“What a wonderful man and friend. He will be missed by many. Prayers to his family. ”
12 of 13 | Posted by: Karen Cutler

“He was a work colleague as well as a friend. It sas always a pleasure working with him for both his professionalism and his refreshing open...Read More »
13 of 13 | Posted by: Art Roth - Skokie, IL - Friend


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Rev. Dr. Murray M. Cooper of Richland, MI

Murray, age 69, died Thursday evening, May 31, 2018, at Pipp Hospital in Plainwell, MI, following a 6-month illness.

Murray, only child of William and Adelaide (Thompson) Cooper, was born in South Bend, IN on September 11, 1948. He was a 1967 graduate of Niles High School. He attended Michigan Technological University and transferred to Western Michigan University where he received his BS degree in Biology and Mathematics in 1970. He received his MS degree in Biostatistics in 1978 and his Ph.D. Degree in 1981 from the University of Michigan. He received an M.Div. Degree from Western Theological Seminary in Holland , Michigan in 2016.

Murray began his career a biostatistician at the Upjohn Co. and retired as a Senior Research Biostatistician from the Pfizer Co. in 2008. He served as Adjunct Professor at Nazareth College in Kalamazoo from 1985-1990 and was published in several professional journals and publications. In his second career, Murray was the Congregational Care Coordinator at the Richland Presbyterian Church of Richland and assisted with pastoral care and Christian Education. He also served as a Chaplain at Bronson Methodist hospital, Kalamazoo for the last year.

Murray was one of the founding members of the Richland Area Community Center and the Gull Lake Community Schools Fine Arts Foundation and past president of the Gull Lake School Board. He was active in the Boy Scouts of America, a member of the Kalamazoo Garden Council, and the Chula Vista Garden Club. He was a ham radio operator and a member of the Kalamazoo Radio Club. Murray loved science in all aspects while enjoying rocketry, gardening, hiking and was an avid reader.

Murray was united in marriage to the former Carol Buckley in Richland on July 12, 2008 and she survives. Also surviving are his children, Benjamin (N'tina) Cooper of Vienna, VA; Rebecca Alway-Cooper of Otsego, MI; Anna (Dirk) Dunham of Cleveland, OH and Andrew Alway-Cooper of Otsego, MI. He was preceded in death by his parents.

The Memorial Service to celebrate Murray's life will be held on Saturday, July 14 at 11:00 a.m. at the First Presbyterian Church, 8047 Church Street, Richland, 49083 with the Rev. Dr. Mark Jennings, Pastor, officiating. Murray's family will greet friends in the Gull Prairie Room of the Church immediately following the Service. Final interment will be in the First Presbyterian Memorial Gardens, Richland. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions in Murray's honor may be directed to the Church (see address above). The Farley Estes Dowdle Funeral Home and Cremation Care, Richland Chapel (269-629-6022) is assisting Murray's family.