Paul W. Kooker


Funeral service for Paul W. Kooker is Friday, April 23, at 2 p.m. at Bethany Lutheran Church in Emmetsburg. The Rev. Peter Morlock will officiate.

Interment will be at Evergreen Cemetery, Emmetsburg. The Martin-Mattice Funeral Home, in Emmetsburg is in charge of arrangements.

Visitation is prior to the service Friday, from 12:30 to 2 p.m. at Bethany Lutheran Church.

Paul Wilmar Kooker, son of Harold and Rachel (McKinney) Kooker, was born June 22, 1921 in Ruthven. He received his education in Terril.

On March 24, 1941 Paul was united in marriage to Dorothy Irene Christensen in West Bend. They were blessed with four daughters and one son. Paul farmed for many years in the area and later worked at the lumber yard.

Paul was a member of Bethany Lutheran Church in Emmetsburg. He enjoyed horses, especially his favorite, Duke. He had a large collection of miniature horse toys and loved anything to do with horses. Paul also enjoyed doing jigsaw puzzles, playing horse shoes and going fishing. He loved flowers and attending the Clay County Fair.

After moving into PARC Hall he looked forward to going on drives around the countryside, checking the crops and farming operations. He also liked playing 500 and Aggravation with his friends at PARC Hall and listening to Molly B.

Paul passed away Saturday, April 17, 2021 at PARC Hall in Emmetsburg, at the age of 99. He was preceded in death by his parents, Harold and Rachel Kooker; an infant son, Paul Kooker; his wife, Dorothy Kooker; son-in-law, Marvin Ostwald; brothers, Ivan, Delbert, Harley, Emory, and Harlan Kooker; and sisters, Dorothy Lenz, Stella Berkland, Mildred Roe, Nora Kooker and Hazel Blass; and step brother, Terry Hienan.

He is survived by his daughters, Delores and Allen Hockett of Dickens, Arlene Ostwald of Charles City, Janice and Gene Schany of Minneapolis, MN and Shirley and Robert DePue of Emmetsburg; nine grandchildren, 17 great grandchildren; six great-great grandchildren; a step sister, Barb Vaske of Algona; several nieces and nephews; as well as many other relatives and friends.

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