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Donald J. Cooley Sept. 10, 1930 - April 10, 2009

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ALEXANDRIA -- Donald John Cooley, 78, of Alexandria, formerly of Glenwood, died Friday at Douglas County Hospital in Alexandria.

The service will be at 11 a.m. today at Glenwood Lutheran Church in Glenwood. Burial will be in Lake Ann Cemetery near Lowry.

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Visitation will be for one hour prior to the service at the church. Arrangements are with Hoplin-Hitchcock Funeral Home in Glenwood.

He was born Sept. 10, 1930, near Lake Ann to John and Mabel (Hanson) Cooley. He grew up in Pope County where he attended District 7 School near Lowry. He also attended school at Patrick Henry High School in Minneapolis.

He married Ardith "Dody" Seeger on June 7, 1952, in Glenwood. He farmed, drove milk truck for Lowry Creamery, owned Cooley Construction Company for many years and co-owned the Dip 'n Strip Shop in Glenwood. He married Jane (Krienke) Dvorsak on July 5, 1997, in Starbuck. The couple most recently lived in Alexandria.

He was a member of Minnewaska Squares square dance club, calling and instructing for 19 years, and a member of the Eagles Club in Alexandria and Glenwood Lutheran Church.

He is survived by his wife; four children: Steve (and Shelli) Cooley of Truth or Consequences, N.M., Laurie Fosler of Golden Valley, Deb (and Darwin) Nygaard of Farwell and Duane (and Sandy) Cooley of Long Beach; four stepchildren: Greg (and Sue) Dvorsak of Corcoran, Gaylen (and Wanda) Dvorsak of Alexandria, Gwen Dvorsak of Rogers and Glenn (and Linda) Dvorsak of Starbuck; eight grandchildren; 11 stepgrandchildren; three great-grandchildren; and a sister: Shirley (and Mel) Nelson of Golden Valley.

He was preceded in death by a son-in-law: Rick Fosler.

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