John Jude Cooley, age 59 of Jordan, passed away on May 7, 2015 north of Miles City. Throughout his life John always loved horses, driving trucks, and being with friends and family.
John Jude Cooley came into this world on June 12, 1955. He was a blessing to his parents Glenn Harold and Betty Jean (Doebele) Cooley. He joined his older siblings Glenda and Marcie. They were later joined by their younger brother, Richard. Young Johnny grew up and attended school in Jordan, MT. In his mid-teens he started driving truck and soon became an owner operator. This enabled him to travel all across the United States and he made friends everywhere he went. He later earned his GED. He married Debbie Miller and they later divorced. He moved to Billings and started dating Bonnie Brusett. John married Bonnie on July 9, 1988. From this marriage, John and Bonnie had Jennifer Lynn and John Eden. John enjoyed spending as much time as possible with his children. He would always tell anyone who would listen about their numerous exploits. J.E. and John spent many nights restoring old pickups and working with horses. John took Jennifer and JE feeding when weather would permit. On the ranch, John and Bonnie raised cattle, horses, sheep, and then more horses. In fact, Jennifer thought a cow was called a “B#$%@$” for several years. John’s last truck was a maroon Peterbuilt which he sold just a few years ago. After selling this truck he began working for the Garfield County School as their maintenance man, delivering mail for the US Postal Service , and took care of his cow herd, including the three legged cow.
John served on the Garfield County School board for fourteen years. He was also on the Garfield County Conservation Board.
John enjoyed family and friends. He tried never to miss a Cooley family reunion where he caught up on all the news and posed for the never-ending pictures that Glenda insisted on. John always loved his socializing with friends, whether it was at a branding, the bar, or driving around looking at his cattle herd. Everyone knew that John Cooley always had a big wave, a good smile, and a cold beer.
He is survived by his daughter Jennifer (Bobby Ericson) Cooley of Lincoln, Nebraska; his son J.E. Cooley of Jordan; his brother Richard Cooley of Helena, MT; his sisters: Glenda (John) Chaison of Las Vegas, NV and Marcie (Gary) Eathorne of Seattle, WA; and the mother of his children Bonnie Cooley. John was preceded in death by his parents and a brother Sammy.
Visitation will be held on Thursday, May 14, 2015 from 1:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m. at Stevenson & Sons Funeral Home in Jordan. Funeral services will be held on Friday, May 15, 2015 at 10:00 a.m. at the VFW Hall in Jordan. Interment will follow in the Pioneer Cemetery. Condolences may be sent to the family by visiting: www.stevensonandsons.com. Should friends desire, memorials may be sent to: Jordan Ambulance Service.