Obituaries: July 31, 2014

Published on: July 30, 2014

Richard G. Cooper

Richard G. Cooper, 91, passed away peacefully surrounded by his family on July 23, 2014, in St. Cloud, Minn. He was a veteran of WWII, retired from Northwest Airlines, lived at Carefree Country Club during the summer months and spent his winters in Sun City Center, Fla.

Services will be held on Thursday, July 31,  beginning with a 10:45 a.m. honor guard salute at Fort Snelling, followed by a memorial service at Carefree Country Club, Big Lake, Minn., at 3 p.m.

He was preceded in death by his loving wife, Helen, and his 13 siblings.  He is survived by wife June; daughters Stephanie Cooper (Pat Parish) and Candyce Larson (Bruce); five grandchildren; seven great-grandchildren; sister-in-law Ethel Jane Nuorala; and many nieces and nephews.

In lieu of flowers, the family requests donations to the Wounded Warrior Project (


Dorothy R. Ivens

Dorothy R. Ivens of Sun City Center passed away on July 12, 2014. She was born January 21, 1919, in Philadelphia. She was preceded in death by her husband of 62 years, Robert W. Ivens. She is survived by stepdaughter Dorothy Ivens Siegl and stepson Robert Ivens. She lived in Ventnor, N.J., before moving to Florida.  A graveside service was held July 19, 2014.


Gala Slagle

Gala Slagle

Gala Slagle

Gala J. Slagle, 73, of Sun City Center, Fla., passed away July 24, 2014. She retired as co-owner of Hummel Gift Shop in New Springfield, Ohio. She was a member and treasurer of the Missionary Ladies  Society of the Church of God in New Springfield and a member of the First Christian Church of Sun City Center.

Her favorite pastimes were cooking and knitting heirlooms for her family. Survivors include Eugene, her husband of 55 years; daughters Delinda (Michael) Ferguson and Denean (Jeff) Ondash; stepdaughter Laurie (Ajit) Singh; grandchildren Austin, Alec, Zachary, Jaitan, Marisa and Anika; great-grandson Henry Eugene Sturgeon; and brother Dave (Fran) May.

The family will receive friends one hour before the funeral service, which will be at 11 a.m. Thursday, July 31, at the First Christian Church of Sun City Center, 1707 33rd Street SE, Ruskin.  Burial at Fellowship Cemetery in Lithia. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to the First Christian Church of Sun City Center Building Fund, 1707 33rd Street SE, Ruskin, FL 33570. Arrangements by Sun City Center Funeral Home.