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A MAN KNOWN BOTH AS A LEADER IN SIOUX CITY’S CATHOLIC COMMUNITY AND FOR BEING A CHAMPIONSHIP FOOTBALL COACH HAS LOST HIS BATTLE WITH CANCER.

BERNARD “BEANIE” COOPER PASSED AWAY SUNDAY AT AGE 86.

COOPER FIRST GAINED LOCAL FAME AS HIGH SCHOOL FOOTBALL COACH OF THE BISHOP HEELAN CRUSADERS.

HE LED HEELAN TO A STATE CHAMPIONSHIP IN 1971 WITH A 9-0 RECORD, AND HAD A 42-12 OVERALL MARK FROM 1969-74.

COOPER THEN WENT ON TO THE UNIVERSITY OF SOUTH DAKOTA, WHERE HE SERVED AS FOOTBALL COACH FROM 1975-78 AND THEN ATHLETIC DIRECTOR UNTIL 1981.

HE THEN BECAME ATHLETIC DIRECTOR AT INDIANA STATE BEFORE RETIRING IN 1990 TO COME HOME TO SIOUX CITY.

COOPER AND HIS BROTHER, FATHER HAROLD COOPER, WERE INSTRUMENTAL IN CREATING THE TRINITY HEIGHTS “QUEEN OF PEACE” SHRINE

COOPER OVERSAW THE TRINITY HEIGHTS PROJECT BEFORE RETIRING AT AGE 82.

FUNERAL SERVICES FOR BEANIE COOPER WILL BE AT 10:30AM WEDNESDAY AT ST. MICHAEL’S CATHOLIC CHURCH AT 2223 INDIAN HILLS DRIVE.

VISITATION WILL BE TUESDAY FROM 4PM UNTIL 8PM AT THE CHRISTY SMITH LARKIN CHAPEL AT 2320 OUTER BELT DRIVE.

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