Millard Ward “Tiny” Cooper, 70, of Belmont, Ohio, passed away November 21, 2022.

He was born February 15, 1952, in Detroit, Michigan. He is predeceased by his father Millard Cooper, mother Mildred Weaver Cooper and 1/2 brothers Keith Cooper and Gary Cooper.

Tiny was an Optician for over 40 years, retiring from Walmart in 2012. He was an avid outdoorsman enjoying hunting, fishing and camping. From an early age he loved volunteering with various groups that supported teaching children about the outdoors. He was a member of the Tri-County Bassmasters and enjoyed being part of the fishing camps with special needs children. For the past 6 years he enjoyed teaching Hunter Safety courses to ensure outdoor safety and responsibility for future generations. He was a former member of the Belmont Volunteer Fire Department during the 80’s and 90’s as a fireman and squad driver. He enjoyed socializing with everyone at the Captina Produce Auction, and sharing his auction finds. His life was focused on spending time with family and friends, whether it was debating politics, giving advice on how to do things or just laughing and having a good time. If he gave you a hard time and teased you, you were loved.

He is survived by his loving wife of almost 51 years, Karen Hague Cooper; two children, Jennifer (Sean) Rongers of Virginia Beach, Virginia and Scott (April) Cooper of Oregon, Ohio; bonus son, Klaus (Caroline) Schweda of Rosenheim Germany; two grandchildren, Tyler and Daniel Cooper; his bonus grandchildren Leopoldo and Magdalena Schweda; and sister Peggy Cooper of Pennsylvania.

Family and friends will be received on Saturday from 2-4 and 6-8 p.m. at Toothman Funeral Home in St. Clairsville, where services will be held on Sunday at 1 p.m., beginning with a Bell Service conducted by the Belmont V.F.D. and funeral officiated by Rev. Andrew Thompson. Burial will follow in Belmont Cemetery.