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Mr. Frederick Daniel Cooley

March 30, 1938 ~ October 12, 2021 (age 83)


Frederick Daniel “Danny” Cooley was born on March 30, 1938, in Kansas City Missouri, to the union of Frederick Nathaniel Cooley and Edith Williams.  Born & raised in Kansas City, Frederick attended Booker T. Washington elementary, R.T. Coles, and graduated from Lincoln High School, “castle on the hill”, in the class of 1956.  At Lincoln, Frederick was a part of the popular El Capitan social club, known for its community service and sophisticated parties.

With a strong interest in atmospheric science, Frederick went on to pursue a career in aviation and joined the Navy as an Aviator.  After completing his service in the Navy, Frederick continued his career in aviation, where he was an Air Traffic Controller with the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) and later went on to become a Union Representative.  Throughout his career with the FAA, Frederick worked in various locations across the country – from California to Kansas to Nebraska and completed his last position in Washington, DC, a city that he loved.  After 42 years of service, Frederick retired from the FAA and relocated to his hometown, Kansas City.

At an early age, Frederick accepted Jesus Christ as his Savior.  He loved the Lord and was an active member of From The Heart Church in Camp Springs, MD until returning back to Kansas City and joining the family at St. James United Methodist Church, where he attended faithfully, served as a greeter, and looked forward to bible study every Wednesday evening.

Being a deep thinker, Frederick was an avid chess player, belonging to the International Chess Club, and a good conversationalist on world events, particularly politics, science, and religion.  He was a lifetime member of the Lincoln High School/R.T. Coles National Alumni Association and was class president of the local class of 1956 club.

Frederick was a beloved husband, father, grandfather, brother, uncle, and friend who loved listening to jazz and gospel music, dancing, exercising, and spending time with family and friends.  He maintained a loyal and faithful relationship to his lifelong friends in Kansas City, Missouri, and the DC-area.  Frederick had a giving heart and supported many contributable events. 

Frederick and Marceline Cooley were high school classmates and reconnected at a class reunion in Las Vegas in 2002.  Soon after, they were married on December 29, 2002 and the two formed a blended family.

He leaves to cherish his memory his wife, Marceline Ellington Cooley, brother, Richard Cooley (Jean), Roanoke, VA, son, Frederick Anthony Cooley, Kansas City, MO, son, Michael Duane Cooley, Fort Worth, TX, daughter, Kimberly Cooley Kaigler, Fort Worth, TX, son, Terrell Cooley, Charlotte, NC, son, Gregory Mayfield, Kansas City, MO, son, James Ellington (Sharlonda), Kansas City, MO, daughter, Erica Ellington Tyler (Michael), Frisco, TX, sister-in-law, Alidia Bass, Tampa, FL, and a host of grandchildren, great-grandchildren, nephews, nieces, and special friends.

Funeral services Wednesday, October 20, at 11:00am at St. James United Methodist Church. Burial Monday, November 1, 2021, 10:00am  Leavenworth National, LVNKS. Visitation 10:00am-11:00am at the church. Services conducted by Lawrence A. Jones & Sons Funeral Chapel. Condolences may be shared on our website.

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October 20, 2021

10:00 AM to 11:00 AM
St. James United Methodist Church
5540 Wayne Ave.
Kansas City, MO 64110

Funeral Service
October 20, 2021

11:00 AM
St. James United Methodist Church
5540 Wayne Ave.
Kansas City, MO 64110


Interment Leavenworth National Cemetery

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