Harold Cooley

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PERRY, Ill. -- Harold Cooley, 79, of Perry, died Wednesday (May 28, 2014) in his residence.

He was born in New Salem on Feb. 12, 1935, a son of the Floyd Edwin Cooley and Maud Bimson. He married Betty "Joyce" Smith on Nov. 24, 1960, in the United Brethren Church in Fishhook. She survives.

Mr. Cooley served in the Illinois National Guard and Army Reserves. He farmed and was a heavy equipment operator with Local No. 965 Operating Engineers.

Shortly before his retirement from Local No. 965, he opened the Cooley Insurance Agency.

He enjoyed taking his grandchildren for treats and was affectionately known as the "Treat King."

Survivors include his wife, Joyce; four children, sons Mark (Carman) of Arenzville, Scott (Bernadette) of Western Springs, Brian (Melisa) of Buford, Ga., and daughter Kristy (John) Klingele of Liberty; nine grandchildren, Larry Johnson, Greg Cooley, Julia Cooley, Jack Cooley, Anna Cooley, Brandon Cooley, Ryan Cooley, Todd Klingele and Matt Klingele; two great-grandchildren, Gavin Johnson and Loren Johnson; sisters, Elizabeth White of Perry, and Waunetta Ingram of Independence, Mo.

Mr. Cooley was preceded in death by siblings, Eugene Cooley, Meredith Hays, Bernard Cooley, Bernice Dougherty, Sylber Cooley, Floyd Cooley, Kenneth Cooley, and Loretta Hyde.

SERVICES: 1 p.m. Saturday, May 31, in Airsman-Hires Chapel, Griggsville. Burial will be in the Wilson Cemetery, Perry.

VISITATION: 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. before services in the funeral home.

MEMORIALS: Children's Church at the Fishhook United Brethren Church.

ARRANGEMENTS: Airsman-Hires Chapel, Griggsville.

WEBSITE: www.airsman-hires.com.

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Airsman-Hires Chapel - Griggsville
Route 107, Box 341 Griggsville, IL 62340
(217) 833-2321
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Published in Quincy Herald-Whig from May 30 to June 1, 2014
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