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Joplin death toll now at 155

(UPI/Rick Meyer)
An American flag blows from a downed limb in Joplin on May 23. An Army veteran is the latest fatality from the May 22 EF-5 tornado.

A World War II veteran is the latest victim of the EF-5 tornado that devastated Joplin almost a month ago.

City officials say 88-year-old Edmon A. Cooper died June 16 from injuries he suffered during the May 22 storm. His death is the 155th linked to the tornado.

An obituary in the Joplin Globe says Cooper was a retired mechanic  who served in the Army in World War II. He also worked at a southeastern Missouri apple orchard.

He's survived by a son, daughter, a brother, several grandchildren and great-grandchildren, and one great-great grandchild.  

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