Marc "Tex" Cooper

Died: Sat., Aug. 5, 2017


Memorial Service

4:00 PM Sat., Aug. 12, 2017
Location: Galveston First Baptist Church


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Marc "Tex" Cooper passed away Saturday, August 5, 2017, at St. Vincent, Indianapolis surrounded by his family. He was born February 20, 1945, in Bangor, Maine.

Survivors include his canoe buddy and wife of 48 years, Henri Cooper; son, Sean (Amber) Cooper; daughter, Jendy (Wade) Hanson; grandchildren, Jax, Zander, Cruz and Jolie; and one sister, Donnelle Gooch of San Marcos, Texas. 

He had been the parts manager at Tom O'Brien, worked at Gaerte Engines, Specialty Tool & Die, and retired from Chrysler on March 1, 2017.

Along with his passion of drag racing since 1960, Marc enjoyed canoeing, traveling and flying his ultra-lite plane. Marc raced several vehicles throughout his career, from a supercharged 1957 Chevrolet to his most recent supercharged 1955 Chevrolet. It was this car that he was most proud and had his most fun. While running with the Bar's Leaks Supercharged Thunder, Marc thrilled the crowds with his long smoky burnouts. Marc will be missed by many and as he would say, "Glad you got to meet me!" 

The family would like to say thank you to all who prayed and came to visit; special thanks to Dr. Stephen Swinney for his wonderful care and compassion.

There will be no visitation but a memorial service will be held at Galveston First Baptist Church in Galveston, Indiana on August 12, 2017 at 4 PM. Shirley & Stout Funeral Home & Crematory is assisting the family with arrangements. Condolences may be shared with the family online at www.shirleyandstout.com. 

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Robin Brubaker
   Posted Mon August 07, 2017
The sorrow cannot be expressed. Tex would not have wanted us to weep, but how can you not. He is in god hands, pulling off perfect lights and never has to worry about the Titanic pulling him home. I am going to miss my friend, the memories cherished. Robin

Brian and Vicki Barlow
   Posted Mon August 07, 2017
Sean and family may you find comfort in the love and memories of your father. Will keep you in ours.prayers.

Arlene Wagner
   Posted Tue August 08, 2017
I will remember Mark as having lived every moment of his life with joy and enthusiasm. He was one of Clyde and my "kids". We loved him as our own and even after Clyde died three years ago, Mark always came to see me when he came to Texas. I will miss him sorely but know he is now with his heavenly Father and Clyde. My heart is with you, his family.

Art and Jami Loveland
   Posted Tue August 08, 2017
Tex was a very good buddy and was great to be around....Great to hear that he found Christianity...Sean and family we love and pray for you...See you later on Tex...We'll miss you. Art and Jami

John Holman
   Posted Thu August 10, 2017
I never raced against Marc because I never had anything remotely comparable to his supercharged toys. Enjoyed talking with him at Bunker Hill, at the local Chrysler Plymouth dealer, Earl Gaerte's business, yearly at the Steak & Shake, the James Dean events, and occasionally at the yearly Chrysler summer show. Also saw him run the supercharged Datsun pickup at Muncie. Unreal! Two favorite memories to share. We live three rows of homes east of the bypass, (now 931) and slightly north of the Steak & Shake. On a Saturday I would be sitting at my computer in the back room, and I would get up and tell Karen, "Steak & Shake is having their annual cruise-in today. I just heard Marc Cooper's car."
Once (in the late 80's) I happened to pull up to a stoplight on 31 behind Marc's '55. I tuned my AM radio between stations to listen to the Electro-Magnetic Radiation from his ignition. My AM radio was going Wooooo-WAPP!...Wooooo-WAPP! Then suddenly my AM radio went crazy! I looked up and saw the light had changed and there were two black streaks coming out behind the '55.
I and every other car guy in Indiana will miss him greatly.