Longtime Springfield Business Leader Harry Cooper has Died at Age 91

SPRINGFIELD, Mo - A very influential member of the Springfield community and the KOLR10 family has died.

Harry Cooper has died at the age of 91.

Steve Reagan, former CEO of Harry Cooper Supply confirmed with KOLR10 that Cooper died peacefully in his sleep Sunday morning after a short illness.

Springfield Mayor Ken McClure said in a statement, "Harry was a good man who set a great example for business and civic engagement in our community. He did so much for Springfield and will be missed. His legacy, however, lives on."

Cooper was the third generation owner of Harry Cooper Supply in Springfield. His father started KOLR10 and KTTS and Cooper owned the station in the 80's and 90's.

He was also influential in local aviation and the park board. In a release sent by the Park Board, they say,

"The Cooper family is foremost in the thoughts and prayers of the Park Board and Springfield Lasers staff. Parks Director Bob Belote said Mr. Cooper’s ongoing vision for Cooper Park and all of its facilities was a gathering place for family and youth to enjoy sports."

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