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2001 COOPER 2021


July 24, 2001 — July 15, 2021

Cooper William Gatewood, age 19, passed away on Thursday, July 15th. Cooper was born in Cleveland, Ohio to Kirsten Malcolm Gatewood and Claude W. Gatewood.

Cooper graduated from Medina High School on May 25, 2019. He was attending the University of Akron pursuing a Biology degree. Cooper was in the Pit Percussion for Medina Musical Bees Marching Band. He loved his Directors and band mates, and found his best friends for life in Marching Band. He played the Marimba. Cooper was awarded the "Most Missed Alumni" superlative at his Senior Year marching band banquet by his band mates.

Cooper meant so much to all of us and he enriched all of our lives. To honor Cooper's life we ask that people consider continuing Cooper's legacy of inspiring ways to give back and make our community and world a better and kinder one. In lieu of flowers we ask you consider donations in Cooper's name to the following:

Cleveland Clinic Taussig Cancer Institute
In memory of Cooper William Gatewood for Sarcoma Research
Online donations can be made at

Kitten Krazy
This is a no-kill shelter and you can donate "in memory of Cooper Gatewood" monetarily, you can make food donations or you can adopt a new furry family member.

Plant a Tree or Plant
Cooper was studying biology at the University of Akron and wanted to be a Park Ranger. He loved nature. We ask that you consider planting a tree or a perennial plant in honor of Cooper and post a photo back to this website.

The family kindly requests you honor their desire of no posting directly to social media platforms.

All services for Cooper are private and have been entrusted to Carlson Funeral Homes & Cremation Services, 3477 Medina Rd., Medina, Ohio 44256.
To order memorial trees or send flowers to the family in memory of COOPER WILLIAM GATEWOOD, please visit our flower store.


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