Traverse City Record-Eagle


August 9, 2013

Charles H. Koop

WILLIAMSBURG — Charles H. Koop, 63, of Williamsburg, passed away at home Aug. 6, 2013. He was born Feb. 23, 1950, in Plymouth, Wis., to Chester and G. Winifred Koop.

Charlie and Christine were to celebrate their 42nd wedding anniversary on Aug. 7, 2013.

Charlie grew up in Fenton. He graduated from Eastern Michigan University double majoring in pre-law and art. And earned his Juris Doctorate from Detroit College of Law.

Upon passing the bar, he began his career in private practice before being appointed as Prosecuting Attorney of Antrim County in 1990.

During his career, he served on numerous boards and panels including the Board of Directors of the Prosecuting Attorney Association of Michigan, including two terms as president and as a board member of Crime Victim Rights. He has been honored by various groups including IAAI-MAPC as “Co-Arson Prosecutor of the Year -1996”, and “Crime Fighter Award” in 2008 from Fight Crime: Invest in Kids Michigan. He was a tireless advocate for victims and their families.

He recently wrote in an email, “When someone you love becomes a memory, that memory (becomes) a treasure.” He loved life, was living it to its fullest and would hope we would honor him by continuing to live ours to the fullest.

Charlie is survived by his wife, Christine; daughters, Haley (Edward “Ted”) Elliott, of Sterling, Va., and Sally Koop, of Dallas, Texas; and son, Charles T. Koop II, of Bad Axe; three sisters, M. Suzanne Wirwick (Ted), of Florida, Diana (Ron) Conklin, of Linden and Sally (Tom) Tompkins, of Lansing; one brother, Chester (Janet) Koop, of Davisburg; half-sister, Cindy Koop, of Frankfort; four granddaughters, Katrina, Kassadi, Peyton and Adelyn Elliott; brother-in-law, Ralph (Jackie) Blue; sister-in-law, Marybeth (Matt) Anderson; as well as numerous very special nieces and nephews.

He was preceded in death by his parents; mother, G. Winifred Koop; father, Chester S. Koop; and stepmother, Mary Koop.

A celebration of life service will take place today, Aug. 9, 2013, at New Hope Community Church in Williamsburg, beginning at 11 a.m.

Memorial contributions may be made to The Charles H. Koop Memorial Fund at Traverse City State Bank, 310 W. Front St., Traverse City, MI 49684.

Please sign Charlie’s guestbook at

The Central Lake Chapel of Mortensen Funeral Homes is handling the arrangements.

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