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John Cooney


John D. Cooney, a longtime resident of Clark County, passed away Nov. 23, 2014.

He was born in Hamilton, Mont., on June 12, 1925 to John D. Cooney Sr., and Elsie (Monroe) Cooney. He came from a large family and was the oldest son. Times were hard for the family when the Depression came. His father lost his trucking business so he decided to relocate the family to Klickitat, Wash., where he got a job with J. Neils Lumber. The family lived there for a few years and then moved to Kelso, Wash.

When World War II broke out, John enlisted in the Navy in the spring of 1942. He was an under-ager; not turning 17 until June, but his father signed for him to enter the military and he served in the South Pacific.

John’s father retired and the family moved to Goldendale. After the war was over, John struck out on his own and lived in Chicago, Ill., for several years. He moved out of the Chicago area that he loved to look after his parents in Goldendale when his father’s health started failing.

John met his future wife, Charlotte, in Goldendale at the roller skating rink. They were married March 16, 1957 and had two daughters, Jill and Johnna. After living awhile in Goldendale, they moved to Wishram, where they lived for almost five years and then moved to Vancouver, Wash.

John worked for S.P. & S. Railroad/Burlington Northern for 30 years. “Bud” as he was known to family and friends, was a hard worker and knew his craft well as an air brake inspector. He retired in 1985 so he had a nice long happy retirement. He took flying lessons for a while at Evergreen Airport and became a literary instructor at Clark College. He enjoyed helping people to read and write.

John is survived by his wife, Charlotte; daughters, Jill Allison and Johnna Kalteich (Larry); grandsons, Jason Spiekerman (Minjeong), James S. Kalteich (Emily), John Kalteich (Brandi), Joe and Jordan Kalteich; granddaughter, Kaila Monroe-Hernandez (Abraham); great-grandchildren, Tyler, Yena, Ruby, Serena, LilyAnn, John D. and one baby on the way.

He was preceded in death by his parents; two sisters and four brothers.


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