Gary Cooley

Gary Cooley

Wednesday, September 29th, 1937 Friday, August 28th, 2020

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Obituary for Gary Lee Cooley

Gary Lee Cooley, September 29, 1937-August 28, 2020
Gary Lee Cooley, 82, a lifetime resident of Dallas, passed away peacefully on August 28, 2020. He was born on September 29, 1937, in Salem, Oregon, to Alton Bruce and Margaret Elizabeth Rosebraugh Cooley. He graduated from Dallas High School in 1955. Gary went on to serve in the US Army and was discharged with honors. After one year of college, he joined the family business, Cooley’s Furniture, located on Main Street in Dallas. His father, Bruce, started the business in 1945 and Gary and his brother, Loren, ran it until they retired in 2011.
On Sept. 1, 1961, Gary married Carrol Ruth Diehm. They were married 57 years. Together, they enjoyed golf, traveling to the beach, Elvis parties with family, and her wonderful cooking. Gary was an all-around nice guy, with a generous heart. He enjoyed being with family, MG sportscars, and golf.
He is survived by daughter, Kimera (John) Coady, of Salem, their children Josh and Karley; and son, Wayne Cooley, of Dallas, and his children Kourtney and Chase; and, also several nieces and nephews.
The Bollman Funeral Home is caring for the family. Memorial contributions may be made to Kindred Hospice, in care of Bollman’s, at 694 Main Street, Dallas OR 97338. To leave a message or memory for the family, please go to

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Jessica Rodriguez

Mr Cooley was a wonderful and kind man. I feel very fortunate to have met him and pray for comfort and peace for his family.
Comment | Posted at 07:18pm via Condolence


He was an amazing man ! I am so sorry for your loss 😢 I had the pleasure of taking care of him in his last days . My heart is breaking for all of you .
Comment | Posted at 07:26pm via Condolence

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