Kenneth C. Cooley, Sr.
Windsor, Vt. — Kenneth C. Cooley, Sr., 84, a longtime resident of Windsor, Vt., passed away Thursday morning, Sept. 19, 2013, at the Mt. Ascutney Hospital and Health Center in Windsor, surrounded by his family.
He was born November 22, 1928, in Burlington, Vt. He was the son of F. Dustin and Helen (Canerdy) Cooley. He received his schooling in Windsor and graduated from Windsor High School in 1946. He was a veteran of the US Army, stationed in Iceland during the Korean Conflict. Upon his honorable discharge in 1951, under the GI Bill, he attended and graduated from Bryant College in Providence, R.I., earning his Degree in Business Administration in 1955. He met the love of his life, Frieda B. Mills in the summer of 1954, in White River Jct., Vt. They were married on July 29, 1955, in Windsor, Conn. They moved to Windsor, Vt. in 1958 at the request of his mother, so that her grandchildren would be educated in the Windsor School system.
Mr. Cooley was employed by the State of Vermont Department of Corrections as a security supervisor at the former Vermont State Prison in Windsor. Upon the closing of the facility in 1975 he was transferred to the Northeast Correctional Facility in St. Albans. They returned to Windsor in 1981 to be closer to their family, where he worked at the Woodstock Correctional Facility and later at the Southeast State Correctional Facility in Windsor. He retired in 1997 after serving 36 years. Following his retirement he continued to work as a temporary officer.
Ken was a proud lifetime member and Past Commander of the Windsor American Legion Post #25, and served at Fifth District Commander for the State of Vermont as well as Chef de Gare of 40/8 for Vermont. He was also a member of the Rachel S. Harlow United Methodist Church in Windsor.
He and his wife enjoyed traveling throughout Vermont and New Hampshire attending Legion and Auxiliary events.
He and his wife were fond of spending time at Silver Lake in Barnard when their children were young, and in later years at York Beach, Maine. Ken truly enjoyed playing Santa at the annual Christmas Day dinner at St. Francis of Assisi Church in Windsor for several years.
He enjoyed doing crossword puzzles with his wife. He was an avid fan of the New York Yankees and New England Patriots. He had a wonderful sense of humor and received his greatest pleasure by spending time with his family.
He was predeceased by his loving wife of 55 years, Frieda B. Cooley, on April 23, 2010.
Survivors include three sons, K.C. (Ken) Cooley, Jr. and his wife, Judy of Shelburne, Vt., Dana Cooley, of Windsor, and Doug Cooley, of Windsor; one daughter, Cindy Trent and her husband Brad, of Bountiful, Utah; five grandchildren, Dan Cooley and his wife Amy, of South Pasadena, Calif., Dustin Trent, of Salt Lake City, Utah, Ellie Trent, of Bountiful, Luke Trent, of Salt Lake City, and James Davis of Milton, Vt.; five great grandchildren, Clementine, Penelope and Gwenyth Cooley, all of South Pasadena, Andrew Trent, of Salt Lake City, and Riley Davis, of Milton; one brother, Carroll R. Cooley and his wife Beverly, of Melbourne, Fla.; several nephews and nieces, including Linda Dion and her husband Bobby, of Ascutney, Vt.
Visitation will be held Monday evening, September 23, from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m., at the Knight Funeral Home in Windsor. The funeral service will be held Tuesday, September 24, at 11 a.m., at the Rachel S. Harlow United Methodist Church in Windsor, with the Rev. Ken White, Pastor, officiating. Committal services with military honors will follow in the Ascutney Cemetery in Windsor.
Memorial contributions may be made to the Upper Valley Humane Society at 300 Old Route 10, Enfield, N.H. 03748.
Condolences may be expressed to his family in an online guestbook at www.knightfuneralhomes.com