CENTRALIA — Bill Cooley, 93, of Centralia, passed away Thursday, November 19, 2020, at SSM Health St. Mary’s Hospital in Centralia.
He was born in Advance, Missouri on November 7, 1927, to Forrest Cooley and Dollie (Blacklidge) Cooley. On July 3, 1949, he married Eulala Owen in Centralia and she preceded him in death on September 23, 2020.
He survived by his daughter, Sandy Gadel and husband Steve of Walnut Hill; two grandchildren, Jami Stone (Kelly) of Charlotte, North Carolina and Cory Gadel (Fawn) of Westerville, Ohio; two great-grandchildren: Grand Gadel and Claire Gadel both of Westerville, Ohio; and several nieces and nephews.
In addition to his wife of 71 years, he was preceded in death by his parents and two sisters: Lee Holder and Genevieve Kraus.
Bill was an owner of the Palace Meat Market in Centralia and worked many years at Johnson’s Liquor Store in Centralia. Bill served in the United States Air Force.
Per Bill’s wishes, cremation rites will be accorded and a private family service will be held at a later date. In honor of Bill, memorial donations may be made to the Centralia Humane Society and will be accepted at the Sutherland-Garnier Funeral Home and Cremation Services at 235 North Sycamore Street Centralia, Illinois 62801, 618-532-3523, who is honored to be of service to the Cooley family.
Online condolences may be made to the family by visiting sutherlandfuneralhome.com and the Sutherland-Garnier Funeral Home Facebook page.