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DAVID LYLE COOLEY Mueller's Tri-Cities Funeral Home David Lyle Cooley (78) of Benton City passed away in Kennewick on February 20, 2017. On January 2, 1939, in Burley, Idaho, he was born the first child of the new year in Cassia County. His family moved to Prosser, WA, and later to Richland, where he graduated from Columbia High School. David was a brilliant and adventurous young man who learned to operate combines and farm equipment by age 9, excelled in mathematics and enjoyed everything about the outdoors, especially fishing. After high school, he became a Smoke Jumper and enrolled in Washington State University, where he received his BS degree in Metallurgy Engineering. David met the love of his life, Mary Lee Ziegler, at a dance in Kennewick, WA (1958). They were married in Kennewick on April 29, 1960. David worked within the aerospace and nuclear energy industries throughout his career and supported projects which were instrumental to our country's technological advancements, including the Saturn V Rocket, the moon rover, and the original Boeing 747. David also worked at the Hanford Nuclear Site for many years and was a consultant, providing support to most US nuclear power plants. David started several successful businesses, including Cooley's Welding Center in Richland, WA. David loved to take his family camping, fishing and exploring. He taught his children outdoor survival skills, as well as the value of hard work, honesty and integrity. David is survived by his wonderful wife of 56 years, Mary Lee Cooley, 6 children, Michael, born in 1962 (Lisa), Stephen, 1963, Christopher, 1965 (Betsy), Gregory, 1968 (Lisa), Katharine, 1970 (Joe) and Kenneth, 1974 (Amy). Mary and David also have 13 grandchildren and one great-granddaughter. He is also survived by his siblings, Sharon Alexander, Virgil Cooley and Sandee Cox. He was preceded in death by his father James Cooley, mother Ioland McAlpin (Norton) and step-father Frank McAlpin. He will be remembered as a kindhearted, friendly, jovial and generous man. He was a wonderful, loving husband, and an outstanding father. He will be greatly missed in this temporal life and warmly embraced in the eternal hereafter, where there is no doubt he is preparing our next family adventure. Services will be held at City Church (4624 W 10th Ave., Kennewick WA) at 1:00pm on March 4th. The family invites you to sign their online tribute wall at www.muellersfuneralhomes. com.
Published in Tri-City Herald on Feb. 28, 2017