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Old 06-21-2009, 08:49 PM   #1
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One of the VAC Founding "Charter" Members Passes

I just became aware of the news of Rutherford "Bud" Cooper's passing on Wednesday, June 17, 2009. There is an on-line memorial book for those who remember Bud and would like to send a note to his family. I will always remember Bud as one of those who had the true spirit of the WBCCI as put forth by Wally Byam when Airstreaming was in its infancy.


P.S.: The text of Bud's obituary follows as published in Grand Rapids Press on 6/19/2009:

Rutherford Cooper "Bud"
COOPER - Rutherford "Bud" Cooper, age 84, of Grand Rapids, passed away
Wednesday, June 17, 2009. Surviving are his beloved wife of 64 years,
Bettye; daughter, D'Anne Smith and son, Richard Cooper. He will be
greatly missed by his grandchildren, David Smith, Jeannine Kieleszewski,
Michelle Krypel, Emily Cooper and Hannah Cooper. Bud was a mechanical
engineer, world traveler, archeologist, photographer, musician, founder
of the International Vintage Airstream Club, author, and lecturer. There
will be a memorial service at Genesis United Methodist Church, 1601
Galbraith St., Cascade Twp. at 10 a.m. on Saturday, June 20th. Memorial
contributions may be made to the church.
Published in Grand Rapids Press on 6/19/2009

Kevin D. Allen
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Old 06-22-2009, 07:48 PM   #2
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We have and will miss him.

I'm NOT an old man.............
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He was one of the best and interesting people I have met at WBCCI VAC functions. The grand prize that is awarded by VAC each year for their restoration competition is called the Cooper Cup for good reason. Truly a very talented and versatile individual. We will all miss his creativity and friendship.
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