Darel Ray Cooper, Jr., 70, of Cambridge Springs passed away at Meadville Medical Center on November 24, 2021. Born on July 7, 1951, in Meadville, Darel was the son of the late Darel Ray Cooper, Sr. and Lorraine Harvey Cooper.  Darel graduated from Meadville Area Senior High School with the class of 1969 and received a bachelor’s degree in social work from Edinboro University. He worked for Montgomery Ward, Penn-Union in Edinboro for over 20 years, was a counselor for Hermitage House Youth Services, and retired in 2009 as a juvenile probation officer for Crawford County where he developed the community service program.

     In addition to his hobbies of fishing, gardening, and planting trees on his property, Darel found great joy in being a devoted husband, father, and grandfather. He often traveled with his wife, Amy, to visit their children and grandchildren and liked to escape the winter weather by vacationing in warmer climates. He also had a passion for antiquing. Most trips, including their honeymoon, involved checking out at least one antique store or yard sale. When gathering with family and friends, Darel was always up for playing cards, Dominos, or Tripoley. Darel was a member of the First Church of God in Cambridge Springs.

     In addition to his parents, Darel was preceded in death by sister, Terry Cooper; and infant sister, Linda Cooper.

     Survivors include wife Amy Lombardo of Cambridge Springs, whom he married on July 26, 2003; son Jason Cooper and wife Nina of La Grange, IL and their children Maxwell and Nola; son Joshua Cooper and wife Brittany of Plain City, OH, and their son Bentley and triplets Bodhi, Bexley, and Brooklynn; stepdaughter Michelle Arbogast (Kuklinski) of Amherst, NH, and her son Gannon; stepson Jeffrey Kuklinski and wife Lisa of Sewickley, PA and their children Lydia, Charlotte, and twins, Alex and Alana; stepson Bob Kuklinski of Erie; sister Susan L Copeland of Meadville; and brother Gary Cooper of Washington.      

Friends may call on Saturday, December 4, 2021, at the First Church of God in Cambridge Springs from 4 to 5 pm. A memorial service will be held at 5 pm with Pastor Kevin Myers and Reverend Julie Lamberson officiating.

Memorials may be made to the First Church of God, 634 Venango Ave, Cambridge Springs, PA 16403.