Ross Cooley


March 7, 2020 — Ross Cooley,  60, passed away Feb. 20, 2020.

Gone way too soon.  Everyone misses you!

Born in Eugene, Ore.,  Ross graduated from Sheldon High School in 1977. In 1989, he married Marjorie at the Eugene Yacht  Club.

He was preceded in death by his father, Bill, and his brother, Neal.

He is survived by his wife Marjorie Cooley; his mother Morrie Cooley; brother Lee and sister Jan;  nieces Erin and Maureen; nephews Neal and Paul.

Out of high school, Ross worked at Trust Joist (which changed to Weyerhaeuser) for 37 years before retiring in 2016.

In 2018, he and Marjorie moved to Florence to a gated community in Florentine Estates, which was close to the beach for walking.

Starting in the early 1960s, his family joined the Eugene Yacht Club, where the family spent late spring, summers and fall sailing, racing and socializing with the families at the club. Ross kept sailing and racing until about 10 years ago.

Then things changed to RVing in their motor home up and down the Oregon coast.

Ross enjoyed Nascar on Sundays and texting friends; old TV shows like  “Mash” and Twlight Zone on New Years; books and movies about the Kennedys and Hardy Boys adventures; music of all kinds; and walks on the beach wearing his favorite hat.

Ross was a kind, gentle person who loved talking to people and listening.

He is greatly missed.

A celebration of Ross’s life will be held at the Eugene Yacht Club on Bangs Road on May 31, from noon to 3 p.m.

Mark your calenders. 

As his wife, I want to thank everyone for the beautiful cards and flowers I have received — and also the wonderful words of support.

Much love, Marjorie.

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