|Birth: ||Jul. 13, 1925|
|Death: ||May 1, 2011|
Allison Claude Cooley was named for his uncles, William Allison and Joseph Claude Cooley. Like his uncle William, he was nicknamed Jack.
From Quarterly Bulletin of the Cooley Family Association of America, Volume VII, Number 3, April, 1946.
Enlisted in the Marines on March 30th, 1943 at San Francisco; went over-seas March 27th, 1944 as a radio-gunner in a dive-bombing squadron; saw action in the Bismark Archipelago campaign and the Philippine campaign; arrived back in the States on May 13th, 1945; was discharged on November 17th, 1945 at the Marine Barracks, Mare Island, California; received the Distinguished Flying Cross, and the Air Medal with five gold stars for 44 missions.
Dad and Joan (pronounced Jo Ann), his second wife, prematurely celebrated their 50th wedding anniversary on April 30, 2011, only hours before his passing. It took a great deal of strength and effort for him to get out of bed, dress, and travel down the hallway to the dining room where a number of his friends and family had gathered. A trooper to the end.
From Grants Pass Daily Courier, Wednesday, May 4, 2011. [scanned copy]
Allison C. "Jack" Cooley
Allison C. "Jack' Cooley, 85, of Grants Pass died Sunday, May 1, 2011, at his home at Spring Village.
Visitation will be held Thursday from 9 to 10:45 a.m. at Stephens Family Chapel. A funeral service will begin at 11 a.m. Interment with military honors will follow at Eagle Point National Cemetery. Condolences may be sent to the family at www.stephenfc.com.
He was born July 13, 1925, in Oakland, Calif., to McCabe and Marie Cooley. On March 30, 1943, he joined the Marines Corps and served during World War II until his honorable discharge on Nov. 17, 1945. For 40 years, he worked in the gorcery business for Safeway and Alpha Beta grocery stores. On Aug. 15, 1961, in Carson City, Nev., he married Joan Aileen Hays, who survives. They moved to Grants Pass in September 1989 from Huntington Beach, Calif.
He was a member of the Church of Latter-day Saints in Huntington Beach. He was also a member of the Marine Corps League and past commandant. He enjoyed the outdoors, working in his yard and spending time with his grandchildren.
In addition to his wife, survivors include five children, Susan Langford and Rick Young, both of Grants Pass, Michael Cooley and Jackie Johnson, both of McKinelyville, Calif., and Lonnie Cooley of Long Beach, Calif.; three grandchildren and three great-grandchildren.
McCabe Cooley (1899 - 1958)
Marie Henrietta Hennequin Cooley (1900 - 1940)
US MARINE CORPS
Note: WORLD WAR II
Eagle Point National Cemetery
Maintained by: Michael Cooley
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Record added: Jul 04, 2011
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