Name: Allison Claude Cooley2
Born: 13 July 1925
Place: Oakland, Alameda Co., CA
Died: 1 May 2011
Place: Grants Pass, Josephine OR
Buried: 5 May 2011
Place: Eagle Point National Cemetery, Eagle Point, OR
Married: 2 Nov 1948
Place: Berkeley, Alameda Co., CA
Dad and Joan
Allison Claude Cooley was named for his uncles, William Allison and Joseph Claude
Cooley. Like his uncle William, he was nicknamed Jack.
From Quarterly Bulletin of the Cooley Family Association of America,
Volume VII, Number 3, April, 1946.
Enlisted in the Marines on March 30th, 1943 at San Francisco; went over-seas
March 27th, 1944 as a radio-gunner in a dive-bombing squadron; saw action in
the Bismark Archipelago campaign and the Philippine campaign; arrived back
in the States on May 13th, 1945; was discharged on November 17th, 1945 at
the Marine Barracks, Mare Island, California; received the Distinguished
Flying Cross, and the Air Medal with five gold stars for 44 missions.
Dad and Joan (pronounced Jo Ann), his second wife, prematurely celebrated
their 50th wedding anniversary on April 30, 2011, only hours before his
passing. It took a great deal of strength and effort for him to get out of
bed, dress, and travel down the hallway to the dining room where a number of
his friends and family had gathered. A trooper to the end.
From Grants Pass Daily Courier, Wednesday, May 4, 2011. [scanned copy]
Allison C. "Jack" Cooley
Allison C. "Jack' Cooley, 85, of Grants Pass died Sunday, May 1, 2011, at
his home at Spring Village.
Visitation will be held Thursday from 9 to 10:45 a.m. at Stephens Family
Chapel. A funeral service will begin at 11 a.m. Interment with military
honors will follow at Eagle Point National Cemetery. Condolences may be
sent to the family at www.stephenfc.com.
He was born July 13, 1925, in Oakland, Calif., to McCabe and Marie Cooley.
On March 30, 1943, he joined the Marines Corps and served during World War
II until his honorable discharge on Nov. 17, 1945. For 40 years, he worked
in the gorcery business for Safeway and Alpha Beta grocery stores. On Aug.
15, 1961, in Carson City, Nev., he married Joan Aileen Hays, who survives.
They moved to Grants Pass in September 1989 from Huntington Beach, Calif.
He was a member of the Church of Latter-day Saints in Huntington Beach. He
was also a member of the Marine Corps League and past commandant. He
enjoyed the outdoors, working in his yard and spending time with his
In addition to his wife, survivors include five children, Susan Langford and
Rick Young, both of Grants Pass, Michael Cooley and Jackie Johnson, both of
McKinelyville, Calif., and Lonnie Cooley of Long Beach, Calif.; three
grandchildren and three great-grandchildren.
Each of my cells carry an exact copy of my father's Y chromosome. With
slight variations, it matches the Y of all males patrilineally descended
from John Cooley (c1738-1811). It's of a rare European
type that migrated from Norway to Scotland. Dad's mitochondrial DNA, haplogroup V
(nicknamed Velda) is also rare in Europe, with an estimated four percent of
Europeans having it. It was inherited from his mother, from her mother and
her mother, and so on. It's presently thought that it might have oriniated
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