Debra Jo Cooper, 62, of Langdon, ND, passed away Saturday, July 3, 2021, at Altru Hospital in Grand Forks, ND.
Deb was born May 8, 1959, on Ladd Air Force Base in Fairbanks, Alaska, to Earl Wayne and Janice Elaine (Hanson) Cooper. She graduated from Monterey High School in Lubbock, TX, in 1977. Deb joined the U.S. Army in 1977 after graduation. She completed her basic training at Fort Gordon, Georgia. She was then stationed in Stuttgart, Germany. After her return to the States, she completed her military service at Fort Bragg, North Carolina. Deb then moved back home to Lubbock, Texas, to return to her family. It was there that she began her career in carpentry, working for Lee Lewis Construction.
Deb moved to Hannah, ND, in 1998. She enjoyed making new friends and learning new job skills. Deb truly loved small town life. She worked various jobs in Hannah, Wales, and Frost Fire. She enjoyed being busy and was ready to try her skills at almost any trade. Deb moved to Grand Forks, ND, to pursue her career in carpentry. She was a very talented finish carpenter but also worked on much larger sites. She was proud of her work with concrete and helped build the Wal-Mart at 32nd and Columbia in Grand Forks. She also worked on the parking garage at the University of North Dakota on Columbia Avenue, also located in Grand Forks. After finishing her career in construction, she moved here to Langdon to help care for her parents.
Deb loved golf, her guns, her cats, music, and appreciated a good joke, but most of all, she loved her friends. She was a devoted daughter and sister. She loved to visit, laugh, play games and had one of the fastest mouths in town. We love you, Deb.
Surviving Deb are her sister, Nancy Ellen (Don) Cooper-Muellenberg of Munich, ND; nieces and nephews: Kylie Tyree (Garth) Land, Brooke Leigh (Charlie) Plunkett, Ashley Renee Dillman, Alaina Lenore Minyard, and Arianne Denise Minyard; and thirteen great-nieces and great-nephews. She was preceded in death by her parents and brothers, Bruce and Kevin.
A memorial service will be held at 2:00 p.m. on Friday, July 16, 2021, at Brooks Funeral Home in Langdon, ND.
The family asks that in lieu of flowers, a memorial be made in Deb’s name to Uffda Pet Adoption in Cando, ND.