Selected Families and Individuals


Howard McCabe COOLEY

1.  Howard McCabe Cooley

Howard McCabe Cooley, 81, of Brookings, died Oct 3, 2002 at Sutter Coast Hospital in Crewscent City of natural causes.

Mr. Cooley was born Jan 9, 1921 in San Francisco to McCabe and Marie (Henniquin) Cooley.

He was an Eagle Scout in his youth and at the age of 18, enlisted in the U. S. Navy.   Prior to World War II, he served on the battleship USS Pennsylvania.  During the war, he was assigned to a destroyer in the Caribbean which conducted search and destroy missions against German U-boats.

Following his honorable discharge from the Navy, Mr. Cooley worked more than 30 years as an aircraft mechanic.  He worked for several companies during his career, including Hiller Helicopter.

In the 1980's he married Bonnie Schreck in Garden Grove, Calif., and they made their home in Brookings for the last 19 years.   His wife preceded him in death earlier this year.

He enjoyed big band music.  In the 1930's he organized his own band, and played in the 1980's as a member of a small band in Brookings.  He enjoyed hiking, backpacking, and especially Yosemite National Park.  He also enjoyed the beach.

As a founding member of the Chetco Senior Center, Mr. Cooley was active in helping make the center a reality.  He was a member of the Brookings Elks Lodge, Battleship Club and Hiking Club.

Survivors include a daughter, Marie Ryan of Pleasanton, three sons, Clause Cooley and his wife Val of Fremont, Howard Cooley of San Jose and Cliffor Cooley and his sife Darlene of Newark, a brother Jack Cooley of Merlin;  six granchildren and four great-grandchildren.

Cremation arrangements are under the direction of Redwood Memorial Chapel.

Joseph Claude COOLEY

1.  Joseph Claude Cooley

Claude was the eldest son of Joseph W. and Arah D. Cooley.  He was born Nov 15, 1890, near Lucerne, Mo., and departed this life June 12, 1969, at the age of 78 years, seven months and27 days.

He was bereaved of his mother when he was 11 years old.  At this time and for the necessary years following, he shouldered the responsibility of assisting his faterh in maintaining a home for his four younger brothers and sisters.  He was married to Mabel Bushy of Lucern, Mo., in 1914.  To this union tow children were born,  Mr. Roy (Maxine) Coates of Seymour and Max Richard of Wichita, Kansas.

Claude resided in the Lucerne community for approximately 30 years and moved to Iowa in 1928, and operated an implement business in Seymour until 1941.  At that time he purchased and managed a farm.  He was engaged in that vocatino until failing health forced his retirement to a small acreage in Seymour.

Claude spent many hours of companionship with his wife and friends and relaxing under the shade trees of his yard.  He had a great love of nature, especially birds, animals and flowers.  He was a sportsman and conservationist.  One of his great pleasures was teaching his granchildren to fish and to enjoy the outdoors.

His greatest joy in life was his family and grandchildren and their welfare was always his concern.  He had an intense interest in God and the life hereafter.  Whenever possible his Sunday mornings were spent listening to sacred music and services.  Claude was a member of the Methodist Church of Lucerne and Seymour.

He will be sadly missed by his family, wife Mabel;  daughter Maxine and husband, Roy, son, Max, and wife Sharon;  and seven grandchildren:  John Coates, Celeste, Bradley, Brenda, Sherry, Terry and Cindy Cooley, and his sister, Mr. O. C. Shelton of Kansas City, Missouri.

Mabel Ivy BUSBY

1.  The maiden name of Rusty has been used also ?

Chloe May COOLEY

1.  Mrs. Chloe M. Alexander - lived 58 years - 11 months - 28 days

    Housemother at Chillicothe Business College Was 59

    Mrs. Chloe M. Alexander, 59 yers old, housemother at Minerva Business College, Chillicothe, Mo., died yesterday at the Research Hospital.  She had been ill since Easter Sunday.

    She also was choir director for the Chillocothe Methodist church and active in the Daughter of the American Revolution and the Eeastern Star.  She was born in Lucerne, Mo.

    She leaves a sister, Mrs. Ora C. Shelton, 4235 College Avenue, and two brothers, Claude Cooley, Seymour, Ia., and McCabe Cooley, Oakland, Calif.

    Funeral Services will be held at 2 o'clock Monday at the Norman chapel in Chillothe.

1.  Obituary - Constitution-Tribune, April 30, 1951

She was Matron of C.B.C.'s Minerva Hall

Mrs. Chloe Alexander, 58, matron at Minerva hall at the Choillicothe Business School, died at 1:30 o'clock Saturday afternoon at the Reasearch Hospital in Kansas City.

Mrs. Alexander had been ill about six weeks.  Five weeks ago she was taken to Kansas City to the home of her sister, Mr. Ora D. Shelton, 4235 College Avenue, and a week ago she entered the hospital.

Funeral Services were conducted at 2:00 o'clock this afternoon at the chapel of the Norman Funeral Home, with the Rev. Perry P. Taylor, pastor of the First Methodist Church, officiating.  Mre. Joseph J. Shy, Mrs. Kaskay, Mrs, Maxine Pickett and Miss artha Taylor sang "City Four Square" and "Oh Love That Wil Not Let Mew Go" as the funeral music.  Mrs. Robert Austin was organist.  Pallbearers wer Harve Howell, Buster, Lowry, L. A. Fanning, Walter Goins, Farlow Hoyt and Atty. Joseph J. Shy.

Burial was in the Edgewood cemetery.

Mrs. Alexander was the wife of the late Charles W. Alexander, who was connected with the Barnes Chevrolet Company a number of years.  He died May 19, 1944.

She was born May 1, 1892, at Lucerne Mo., daughter of Joseph W. and Ara D. (Johnson) Cooley.  She was a member of the First Methodist Church, whee she was choir director.  She was past matron of Lodge 113, Order of Eastern Star, and was affiliated matron of Lodge 345, Westport, Kansas City, was a member of the Daughters of the American Revolution and the Chillicothe auxillary to the American Legion.

Mrs. Alexander is survived by two brothes, Claude Cooley, Seymour, Ia., and Mc Cabe Cooley, Oakland, Calif., and by the sister, Mrs. Shelton.  A brother, William A. Cooley, preceder her in death.

William Allison "Bill" COOLEY

1.  Occupation:  Farmer

2.  Died in World War I   [Copy of Registration Card on file]