TRAVERSE CITY — Jack William Cooley, 89, of Traverse City, passed away peacefully Wednesday, Nov. 27, 2013, at Bortz Health Care. Jack was born on Oct. 19, 1924, in Rockwood, to the late William C. and Gudrun (Kaiander) Cooley.
He married the late Eileen Ellen Korbi on June 7, 1947, in Trenton. Together they lovingly raised two wonderful daughters.
Jack was a member of the graduating class of 1941 at Trenton High School in Trenton.
He honorably served our country in the United States Army during World War II in the 114th Infantry with the Combat Engineers. He served in France, Germany and Austria as a Mortar and Radio Operator. Jack earned the American Theatre Ribbon, EAME Theatre Ribbon, Victory Medal, Good Conduct Medal, The Silver Star and the Distinguished Unit Badge.
After his time in service he attended the Lawrence Institute of Technology and earned degrees in mechanical and industrial engineering.
Jack lived in Traverse City since 1997, moving here from South Rockwood.
While in South Rockwood he was a dedicated member of the Rockwood Congregational Church. Also, he was a Life Member of the Scottish Rite, the Masonic Order, the Shriners (a member of the Oriental Band), The Royal Order of Jester and High 12.
In his spare time he enjoyed fishing, reading, crossword puzzles, woodworking and “tinkering” in his shop.
He was a wonderful husband, father, grandfather and great-grandfather. He will be deeply missed by all who knew him.
Jack is survived by his daughters, Kristine E. Cooley, of Traverse City, and Suzette Cooley-Sanborn (John Sanborn), of Acme; his grandchildren, Jack Grew and Olivia Grew; and his great-grandchildren, Jordan and Destiny Grew.
Visitation for friends and family will be held on Monday, Dec. 2, 2013, from 5 to 8 p.m., with a Masonic service held at 7 p.m., at the Martenson Family of Funeral Homes, Ford Chapel, Rockwood. Funeral services will be held on Tuesday, Dec. 3, 2013, at 11 a.m., with a visitation held one hour prior, at the First Congregational Church of Rockwood, 22600 Mather St., Rockwood. The Rev. Charles A. Packer will officiate. Burial will take place beside his wife and parents in Michigan Memorial Park Cemetery, Flat Rock.