Melvin Cooley Obituary

Melvin F. Cooley
Melvin F. Cooley
Melvin F. Cooley

August 15, 1941 - June 19, 2005
Born in Muscatine, IA
Resided in Urbandale, IA
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Melvin Frank Cooley was born August 15, 1941 to Clarence Preston and Vella Elizabeth (Windman) Cooley in Muscatine, Iowa. He passed away peacefully June 19, 2005 near Sioux Lookout, Ontario Canada while on a fishing trip.

Mel attended a rural school near Muscatine until moving into town following his father's death. He spent as much time as possible on a farm with his Aunt Della and Uncle George Monson's family. Mel graduated from Muscatine High School and joined the Navy soon after. While serving there, he learned aircraft mechanics and was stationed aboard the carrier USS Kearsarge in the Pacific Fleet for much of the time. Later he was transferred to Kingsville NAS in Texas.

On August 30.1962 he married Sylvia Jane Holder at McChord AFB near Tacoma, Washington. They lived in Kingsville until returning to Muscatine after completing his enlistment. There he worked for Paetz Grocery. In March of 1964 they moved to Corydon, Iowa where they began farming on Jane's family farm. They became parents of Michael Harvey and Thomas Craig.

In addition to farming he worked at D&E Implement, Allerton Sale Barn, and Humeston/Rolling Hills FS as a building specialist and as plant manager. For the past several years Mel has resided primarily in the Des Moines area and worked as a pharmacy technician, most recently for Neighbor Care and NCS Health Care of Iowa (current).

He became interested in Maine-Anjou cattle when his sons began showing calves in 4-H and was a member of the original Iowa Maine-Anjou Association board of directors. He managed their shows at the Iowa State Fair and the Iowa Winter Beef Expo for a number of years even after he was no longer raising cattle.

He enjoyed bass fishing in farm ponds and bowling where he won numerous team and individual trophies. He also enjoyed playing card games, teasing and practical jokes. After his brother persuaded him to go fishing in Canada all other recreation took second place. Pursuing walleyes in Canada and Minnesota became his major goal in life.

Mel was preceded in death by his parents and an infant sister. He is survived by his wife, Jane; son Mike, wife Nanette and their children Patrick(P.J.), Kathryn(Katy), & Carol of Adel, IA; son Tom, wife Loretta and their children Elizabeth(Liza) and Dennis & Heather Grimm of Ankeny, IA; brother Marvin and wife Joy of Ankeny, IA;and sister-in-law Grace and husband Denis Audet of Big Lake, MN. He is also survived by 6 nieces & nephews, one aunt (Helen Winnings), one uncle (George Monson), several cousins and a host of other friends and relatives.

For someone who never enjoyed large groups of people, he has touched a lot of lives.





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6337 Hickman Road
Des Moines, IA US 50322
Friday, June 24, 2005
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