Roy S. Cooley

Mar 15, 1922 - Aug 23, 2013

Roy S. Cooley, 91, Reston, Va. passed away Friday, Aug. 23, 2013.

He was born March 15, 1922, in Lorain, and lived in Elyria, Westlake, Wellington, Berea, Kent, and Milan, Ohio, and Reston, Va.

Roy graduated from Wellington High School, class of 1940. He enlisted in the U.S. Navy in Aug. 1940, and was honorably discharged as a Chief Pharmacist Mate and World War II veteran in August 1946.

He married Patricia Hopkins of Wellington, on March 10, 1946, and with her support and encouragement he majored in business and economics at Baldwin Wallace College, and graduated with a degree in education from Kent State University in 1951.

His civilian career was in the personnel/human resources field - 24 years with NASA Lewis Research Center in Cleveland and Plum Brook Station in Sandusky, and six years at the Sterling Foundry Company in Wellington.

Roy was successively a member of, and served in many capacities in the Baptist church in Elyria, Congregational churches in Berea and Wellington, Presbyterian churches in Milan, and Herndon, Va.

He was a member of the Lorain County Industrial Associations, member and president of the Lorain County Industrial Safety Association; chairman of citizen’s “Save the Big Trees” committee in Wellington; member and president of the Lorain County Tuberculosis and Health Association; member and president of the Erie County Kelleys Island 4-H Camp board; 17-year board member of the Edison Birthplace Association; 23-year member of the Milan Zoning Board, member of the U.S. Navy Patrol Craft Sailor’s Association; a plank owner of the U.S.S. Wildwood (PC-1181); member and officer in the National Association of Retired Federal Employees (NARFE); member of the Milan Rotary Club since 1984; member of the Stein Hospice volunteer teams for Home Care and Bereavement, and was instrumental in establishing and serving as a facilitator of a support group for Men-in-Grief.

He is survived by his daughter, Joan Gillard and her husband David Gillard, of Herndon; two grandsons, Nathan and Steven; one great-granddaughter, Dorothy; one sister, Lillian, (James) Collier; and 16 nieces and nephews.

He was preceded in death by his parents, Seymour and Gladys (Palmer) Cooley; his wife of 46 years, Patricia (Hopkins) in 1992; brother, Clyde Cooley; sister, Ruth Dohanos Barchfeld; niece, Barbara Hopkins Prather; and two foster children, Bobby and Helena.

A Memorial Service will be held at 4 p.m. Wednesday, Sept. 4, at Trinity Presbyterian Church, 651 Dranesville Road, Herndon. Funeral services will be 10:30 a.m. Saturday, Sept. 7, at First Congregational United Church of Christ, 140 S. Main St. Wellington. Burial will take place at Greenwood Cemetery, followed by a reception at the church.

Memorial contributions may be made to the First Congregational United Church of Christ, 140 S. Main St., Wellington, OH 44090, or to the charity of your choice.

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