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James William "Jim" Cooney

May 10, 1963 December 21, 2020
James William "Jim" Cooney
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James “Jimmy” William Cooney of La Junta, Colorado entered into rest December 21, 2020 at his residence in La Junta, Colorado. He was the first-born son of James D. and Anne E. Rody Cooney. He was born May 10, 1963 in South Bend Indiana. Jim was 57, years of age.
Jim is survived by his, two children, Brandon James and daughter Sarah Nicole.
father Jim Cooney, of Santa Fe, New Mexico, brother, Daniel Joseph Cooney, four sisters, Kathleen Agnes (Dennis) Ritschel of Santa Fe, New Mexico, Colleen Ann Cooney, of South Bend, Indiana, Maureen (Wayne) Hughes of Jackson, Wyoming , Eileen (Peter) Previte of Austin, Texas.
Jim is preceded in death by his mother Anne Elizabeth Rody Cooney and his beloved dog Lady.
As a teenager, the family moved to Parkersburg, West Virginia, where he completed high school. Shortly thereafter, he enlisted into the US. Navy.
Jim was a Navy Hospital Corpsmen third class who served two years on the USS Eliot (DD-967) Destroyer and was assigned to sick bay providing
medical care to the ship's sailors. He also served 2 years at the Naval Hospital in Okinawa, Japan, assigned to the Intensive Care Unit. Then he was
reassigned to the Emergency Department as a Medical Technician and Supply Petty Officer.
He also briefly served at the Naval Hospital in Oak Harbor, Washington.
He was married to Hospital Corpsmen First Class Carma Dunker in Oak Harbor, where the couple gave birth to two children, Brandon James and Sarah Nicole.
His last duty assignment was at the Naval Hospital in Whidby Island, WA, where he was honorably discharged. For his service he was
honored with a Sea Service Ribbon, Meritorious Conduct Commendation, Humanitarian Service Medal, and Good Conduct Awards.

In his later years Jim became a rancher in Model Colorado where he simplified his way of living and enjoyed a peaceful quieter life with his dog Lady.
He was good with his hands and very creative. Jim also enjoyed carpentry and built his own house on his land. He will be missed by all those who knew him.
A Memorial Celebration will be held at a later time at the Santa Fe National Cemetery In Santa Fe, New Mexico. Arrangements have been entrusted to the loving care of the Johnson-Romero Family Funeral Home.
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