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Our beloved William "Bill" Harold Cooley passed away peacefully in the arms of his family at Swedish-Edmonds Hospital on Sunday, March 10, 2013. He was born on Friday, April 13, 1923 in Spokane, WA to Harold Cooley and Mae Cooley (Pattison). He moved to Wallingford in Seattle, WA. He attended Latona and Hamilton schools; joined the Boy Scouts; was a Seattle Times carrier; and graduated from Lincoln High School (1941). That spring he met June Nelson, a graduate of Ballard High School (1941) and they married in 1945. He received a Bachelor of Science degree in Mechanical Engineering at the UW (1944); was a member of the Sigma Xi Research Society, as well as the American Society of Mechanical Engineers. He joined the Navy in 1944; was a Lieutenant Jr. Grade; served on the USS Kitkun Bay; was in charge of the engine room; and flew on the ill-fated Boeing Honolulu Clipper. Bill was employed by the Boeing Airplane Company in 1949; he worked in hydraulics; and he received his Masters degree in Mechanical Engineering at the UW (1957). He retired in 1985.
William Harold Cooley
Bill raised his family in Magnolia where he lived for 58 years. He opened "Travel Fever" in 1984, traveled the world and enjoyed cruises. He was also a volunteer at the Seattle-King County Convention and Visitors Bureau. He received the Tony Cozens Award for 14 years of volunteer work in the Rainier View, Bagley and Broadview-Thompson elementary school libraries, where Lynn, his daughter, was librarian. He was also on the Stevens Pass Ski Patrol for six years; was an avid ice skater; and a wooden boat builder with his son, Bruce. Bill was a UW football season ticket holder for 45 years and attended six Rose Bowls. He cruised the San Juan Islands on his wooden cabin cruiser "Four Bells"; and enjoyed visiting the lake homes of Lynn on Shoecraft and Bruce on Moses.
He was very methodical in all his endeavors and was totally devoted to his family. He was extremely proud of his grandchildren, Christopher Ryan Cooley and Chase Austin Cooley.
He is also survived by his wife, June Cooley of Edmonds, WA; his daughter, Lynn (Bruce) Edwards of Stanwood, WA; and
son, Dr. Bruce (Karen) Cooley, of Puyallup, WA.
He was preceded in death by his sister, Dorothy Adams; and his brother,
Our family wishes to thank Edmonds Landing Retirement-Assisted Living for their excellent service the past three years.
A Celebration of Life will be held at Noon on Saturday, April 13, 2013, at the Edmonds Conference Center, 201 Fourth Ave North, Edmonds, WA. A lunch will follow.
Remembrances may be made to "UW for PCRF" Press Center Research Fund, Lymphoma Myeloma Leukemia, Oliver Press, MD PHD, 1100 Fairview Ave. N., Seattle, WA 98109. The money is needed for research to cure these diseases. It's really possible!
Published in The Herald (Everett) on Mar. 24, 2013