Alfred "Bud" Cooper


September 1, 1944 - August 22, 2021


Alfred "Bud" Cooper, 76, of Mitchell, SD, passed away Sunday, August 22, 2021, at his home under hospice care of natural causes. A memorial service will be at 1:00 PM Friday, August 27, at Bittner Funeral Chapel. Visitation will be from 5-7:00 PM Thursday, at Bitter Funeral Chapel. Arrangements by Bittner Funeral Chapel.

Alfred F. “Bud” Cooper Jr. was born on September 1, 1944 in Mitchell, SD to Alfred F. “Bud” Cooper Sr. & Lois (Kehler) Green. Bud graduated from Mitchell High School in 1962.  He loved to play basketball and pole vaulted in high school.

From 1963-1966, he was married to Kathy Thurman having two children Brian and Lori. In 1965 he met Liz Morehead who became the love of his life. They separated in 1966. From 1966-1980 he was married to Verlyn Green having two children, Jason & Keri. In 1980, Bud and Liz were reunited and married in April 1981. One child was born in 1967 to this relationship, Tommy. Bud and Liz have been married for 40 years.

Bud worked most of his life in heating & air conditioning. In 1980 he went to work at Trail King and retired in 2009 after 29 years.

Bud was an avid fisherman (mostly bass), hunter, and enjoyed doing these with his sons, grandsons, brother, and best friend (Gale Page). 

Bud enjoyed going to his grandkids' basketball and football games, attending some in Montana when able to go.

Grateful for having shared his life are his wife, Liz of 40 years; 5 children: Brian (Toni) Cooper-Durst, Billings, MT; Lori (Lee) Cooper-Ellis, Billings, MT; Tommy (Jennnifer) Cooper, Mitchell, SD; Jason Cooper, Sioux Falls, SD; Keri (Jerry) Cooper-Bellovich, Granite City, IL; 14 grandchildren: Bryanna (Frank) Zavala, Billings, MT; Sierra (Andrew) Thies, West Jordan, UT; Chad (Nikki) Hofmann, Billings, MT; Kayla (Colter) Brown, Huntley, MT; Kordel Ellis, Billings, MT; Ethan (Taylor) Cooper, Christian Cooper, Anna (Ryan) Cooper, all of Mitchell, SD; Fawn Steinfurth, NC; Stormy (Ben) Gimbel, Sioux Falls, SD; Samantha Cooper, Sioux Falls, SD; Derek Bellovich, Shawn (Brittney) Bellovich, Jocelyn Bellovich all of Granite City, IL; 10 ½ great-grandchildren; brother, Louie (Laurie) Cooper, Mitchell, SD; sisters, Carol Kusler, Mitchell, SD and Linda (Don) Maciej, Royalton, MN; and several nieces, nephews, great-nieces, great-nephews, great friends and special friend Gale Page.

He was preceded in death by his father in 1975, mother in 2004, grandparents, and several aunts and uncles.

In lieu of flowers, the family would prefer memorials.




Thursday, August 26, 2021
5:00 PM - 7:00 PM
Bittner Funeral Chapel
805 W Havens Ave
Mitchell, SD 57301


Friday, August 27, 2021
1:00 PM
Bittner Funeral Chapel
805 W Havens Ave
Mitchell, SD 57301

Posted by Nate J. Hofer on August 31, 2021
Sending our condolences to Liz and the family.
Posted by Rich hofer on August 30, 2021
Sorry to hear and see this Condolence to you Liz and the family
Posted by Deb Tilton on August 29, 2021
Liz and family, condolences and prayers as you go forward. Robert has always spoken highly of Bud.
Posted by Marsha Dunnick on August 27, 2021
So sorry for your loss! He was a great man, he will be missed. Prayers with u all.
Posted by Dave Carter on August 27, 2021
Great memorial. Missing Bud already. Lots of conversations get made over 200 flattops. Blessings.
Posted by Denise (Berendse) Lindsay on August 26, 2021
Very heartbroken to hear of his passing. Keri his daughter was a childhood friend of mine and I have fond memories of fishing and camping with Bud and Keri and he was always very fun to be around and very kind. My heartfelt prayers go out to all of his family and friends.
Posted by Charlie & Wanda Kobes on August 25, 2021
So sorry to all of you for this SAD loss !! Liz and all of you are in our thoughts and prayers !!!
Posted by Jammie Hoffman on August 25, 2021
Liz and family, my deepest sympathies are with you during this time of loss. Love you.
Posted by Tammy Schoenfelder on August 24, 2021
Jason, I am so sorry for your loss. Sending prayers for peace and comfort to you all.
Posted by Toni Durst on August 24, 2021
Well Buddy,. My heart sure aches but I am very happy you are at peace now. I'll always cherish our little visits while we were out having a smoke I always really enjoyed talking to you! You will always hold a very special place in my heart ❤️. We will all miss you so much. RIP UNTIL meet again. BIG HUGS AND LOTS OF LOVE ALL THE FAMILY!! 🙏🙏🙏❤️❤️
Posted by Roger and Sandra Smith on August 24, 2021
Sorry for your loss, thoughts and prayers sent to you and the family
Posted by Dennis an Kathy Bruske on August 24, 2021
Liz so sorry to hear of Bud's passing our prayers and thoughts are with you and your family
Posted by Barb Dulaney on August 24, 2021
Liz so sorry for your loss May God be with you and your family at this time God bless you all
Posted by Linda Morehead on August 24, 2021
Liz and family sending all of our deepest sympathy upon the loss of Buddy he will be greatly missed by all of us ! You are all in our thoughts and prayers.!! Linda and family
Posted by Scott and Barb Phillips on August 24, 2021
So sorry for your loss. Our thoughts and prayers are with you and your family.
Posted by James morehead on August 24, 2021
We will miss him
Posted by Chet Johnson on August 24, 2021
You will be missed Uncle. So glad I got to see you with dad the last time I was there. Praying for all of you.
Posted by Tammy Frost on August 24, 2021
To Bud's family, I am very sorry for your loss. Bud was a fantastic man and he passed this down to his children. Cherish your memories and know that he is in a better place. Hugs and love to you all. Tammy
Posted by Julie Koth on August 24, 2021
Liz, my thoughts are with you. So sorry to hear of your loss.
Posted by Rich Johnson on August 23, 2021
ffrom brother in law to best of friends I will miss you Buddy
Posted by Rich and Lori Johnson on August 23, 2021
Our hearts are filled with sorrow. A great friend Bud was. He will be missed. Our thoughts and prayers go out to the family and friends my God be with you in this time , may you find peace in your heart
Posted by Mary stadlman on August 23, 2021
Liz and family, my condolences to you.,God bless
Posted by Jackie Christiansen(Jack) on August 23, 2021
Liz and family. My deepest Condolences to everyone. Bud was a total hoot to work with.
Posted by Brian and Lorrie Berg on August 23, 2021
Our thoughts prayers and love for all of you we are so sorry for your loss.
Posted by Tonya Anderson on August 23, 2021
I am so sorry for your loss of such an amazing man. I feel so blessed to have able to meet him and y'all a few years ago. Your are all amazing and a lovely family. Love and prayers for all. Hope to see y'all again soon. Hugs and prayers. Tonya
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