Shaun Ray Cooley, 43, of Jefferson City, Mo., passed away Tuesday, January 14, 2020 at his home after a brief illness with ALS.
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He was born on June 9, 1976 in Jefferson City, Mo., the son of the late Ralph and Sharon (Hook) Cooley. Shaun was not only large in stature but had a sense of humor and personality to match. His favorite motto was “life’s a garden, dig it!” so, as you can imagine he enjoyed every day to its fullest.
A lifelong resident of the Jefferson City area, Shaun graduated from Jefferson City High School in 1994. He excelled in sports during those years and was proud to be on the 1993 State Champion Jays Football Team. He received honors as an All-State lineman during their perfect season his senior year. He went to Southwest Baptist University in Bolivar, Mo. where he continued to play and thrive in football.
He was married on September 16, 2000 in Jefferson City to his high school sweetheart, Tammy (Prewitt) Cooley.
Shaun was employed with America Building Products as their warehouse manager for 21 years.
With him being an avid sports fan, Shaun loved to coach his children. He was present at every one of their games and supported them through many baseball, football and volleyball seasons. If he was not with family or working, Shaun was probably outdoors crappie fishing, hunting or snagging spoonbill on the river.
Survivors include: his loving wife of 19 years, Tammy Cooley of Jefferson City, his children, Payton, Eli and Lucas Cooley of Jefferson City; sister, Melody Hagenhoff of California; nephew, Dustin Debourge of Columbia; and niece, Rebecca Smith of Holts Summit.
A reception to celebrate Shaun’s life will be from 2:00 until 4:30 pm on Saturday, January 25, 2020 at the B.P.O. of Elks, Lodge 513, 901 Ellis Blvd, Jefferson City, Mo. 65101. Family and friends are encouraged to come with a funny story of Shaun to provide laughter and love during this time.
In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions are suggested to either the Shaun Cooley Memorial Fund or the ALS Foundation.
Funeral arrangements are under the care of Freeman Mortuary.