Notes for Paul James Cooley (1914-2007) m Rebecca Faye Leyland


Submitted by michael_95073
Noted added Sun Aug 3 20:35:55 2008

Don Cooley sent the following obituary to me in August 2008:

The Star Press, Muncie, IN May/9/2007

Paul J. Cooley, 92

MUNCIE - Paul J. Cooley, 92, former Muncie Mayor, died late Monday
afternoon, May 7, 2007, in Westminster Village Health Care following a brief

He was born in Muncie, the son of Daniel Boone and Lou Ann Osborne Cooley,
moved to DeSoto as a child, graduated from DeSoto High School, and spent his
early years in that area.

Mr. Cooley, a Democrat, served as mayor of Muncie for two terms from 1967
until 1975, served as Center Township Accessor for nine years, and served on
the Muncie City Council in 1947 and 1955. Following his retirement from
politics, he was employed with Reed, Queebe, Alison and Wilcox, of
Indianapolis as a consultant. He was also employed for twenty-three years
with Warner Gear, now Borg Warner Automotive.

He was a member of First Baptist Church, Muncie Lodge #433 F&AM, Chapter
#52, R.A.M., Council #69, C.M., Commandery #32, B.T., Murat Shriners, Murpah
Shrine Club of Muncie, UAW, Local #287 where he served as financial
secretary, and Muncie Moose Lodge #33. For many years, Paul was active in
music as a singer with barber shop quartets, Music Theatre, weddings,
funerals, operas, and with Muncie Central High School annual production of
Handel's Messiah.

Surviving are his son, Dr. P. Phillip Cooley (wife, Carolyn); four
grandchildren, Sydney, Patrick, and Courtney Cooley, and Ashley Heintzen;
three great grandchildren, Tyler and Oliva Heintzen, and Sean Cooley.

He was preceded in death by his wife of more than seventy-one years, Rebecca
Faye Cooley, in 2005.

Services will be held in the First Baptist Church at 11:30 a.m. Friday, May
11, 2007, with Dr. William W. Noblitt officiating. Entombment will be
private in Gardens of Memory Cemetery, north of Muncie.

Friends may call at The Meeks Mortuary and Crematory, Washington Street
Chapel, from 4 until 8 p.m. Thursday or at the church one half hour prior to
service time on Friday.

Memorials may be directed to the First Baptist Church, 309 E. Adams Street,
Muncie, IN 47305 or the Community Foundation of Muncie and Delaware County,
P.O. Box 807, Muncie, IN 47308.

Online condolences may be directed to the family at