LINCOLN (SNR) – Father James Cooper, a priest of the Diocese of Lincoln, died May 21. He was 69.
Father Cooper graduated from Lincoln High School in Lincoln in 1966, and attended UNL where he was a member of Theta Chi fraternity and the Newman Center, and was received into the Catholic Church.
He graduated from Pius X Seminary in Erlanger, Ky., in 1976 and Saint Charles Seminary in Philadelphia in 1980. He was ordained a priest in 1980. He served as associate pastor at St. Cecilia Parish in Hastings from 1980-82, St. Mary in Lincoln from 1982-84 and was a high school religion teacher and advocate on the Diocesan Tribunal.
In 1991 Father Cooper was pastor of St. Joseph Parish in Friend, where he directed the construction of a new church, and St. Wenceslaus in Milligan. He later served as pastor at St. Anthony in Bruno, Ss. Peter and Paul in Abie, and then St. Vincent Ferrer in Osceola and St. Mary in Pilzno, and retired from active ministry due to his health. He moved to Bonacum House for retired priests in Lincoln in 2012.
Father Cooper is survived by an aunt and two uncles; nieces and nephews; cousins.
A funeral Mass was celebrated May 29 in the Cathedral of the Risen Christ in Lincoln, with priests of the diocese concelebrating and Bishop James Conley and Bishop Fabian Bruskewitz in attendance.
Butherus Maser & Love Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.