Brett Collins Cooper, age 57 of rural Walnut Grove, passed away unexpectedly on Sunday, April 3, 2016 at his home due to heart failure. Funeral services will be held at 1:30 pm Thursday at the Tracy Methodist Church. Visitation will be held from 5:00-8:00 pm Wednesday with a prayer service at 7:30 pm at the Tracy Area Funeral Home. Visitation will then continue one hour prior to services at the church on Thursday. Interment is in the Tracy City Cemetery. Memorials are preferred to the Sanford Hospital or to Avera Kidney Dialysis. Online condolences may be sent at www.stephensfuneralservice.com. Stephens Funeral Service – Tracy Area Funeral Home is assisting the family with arrangements.
Brett Cooper was born August 23, 1958 in Tracy, Minnesota to Harold and Joyce (Lindstrom) Cooper. He was baptized and confirmed at the Methodist Church in Tracy. Brett graduated from Tracy High School in 1976. He loved helping his dad and uncles on their family farms. He often tried to get the last hour of his school day free so he could get home early to start helping them with their cattle and hog operations. Brett also drove truck for Anderson for many years, and later owned and operated his own truck. Over the years, he made many trips across the country, from coast to coast. Brett loved playing pool and played in the Tracy area pool league. He enjoyed having coffee, visiting, and spending time with his family and friends. He also enjoyed the companionship of his dog Jake.
Brett is survived by his son Tyson Cooper (fiancée Ashley Williams) of Tracy; daughter Jenny Wigen of Minneota; parents Harold and Joyce Cooper of rural Tracy; brother Kerry Cooper of Washington state; sister Nancy (Ron) Gausman of Morris; nieces and nephews: Todd and Drew Cooper, Derek (Kolby) Gausman, Kayla (Steve) Blair, and Alec Gausman; and many other relatives and friends. He is preceded in death by his grandparents, brothers Bruce in 1963 and Allen in 2010, aunt Ruby, and uncles Henry and Donald.