|William "Bill" Coogan|
|July 08, 1931 - November 07, 2010|
|Rock Island, Illinois|
|Visitation: 4:00-7:00p.m., Thursday November 11, 2010 at Wheelan-Pressly Funeral Home, Rock Island|
|Funeral Service: Noon Friday November 12, 2010 at St. Pius X Catholic Church, Rock Island|
|Interment: , at National Cemetery, Rock Island |
|William J. “Bill” Coogan Jr., 79, of Rock Island, died, Sunday, November 7, 2010, in Trinity Hospital. |
Visitation is from 4:00 to 7:00 p.m, Thursday, at Wheelan-Pressly Funeral Home, 3030 7th Avenue, Rock Island, with a rosary recited at 4:00 p.m. followed by Father Edward J. Bader Assembly Fourth Degree Knights of Columbus Chalice Service.
A funeral mass will be celebrated on noon, Friday, at St. Pius X Catholic Church, Rock Island. Burial will be at the Rock Island National Cemetery, on Arsenal Island, where Military Rites will be given by the Moline American Legion Post 246.
Mr. Coogan was born July 8, 1931, in Niagara Falls, N.Y., the son of William J. and Loretta Rivard Coogan. He married Phyllis Galante July 25, 1965.
Bill received an Associate’s degree in Industrial Chemistry at Erie County Technical Institute in Buffalo, NY, and a Bachelor’s degree in Chemical Engineering from Michigan College of Mining and Technology in Houghton, MI. Bill worked for the Ammunition and Weapons Command for the United States Army for over thirty years. He worked at the Rock Island Arsenal over 25 years before retiring in 1993.
Bill was a United States Air Force veteran having served during the Korean War. Bill was a member of the St. Pius X Catholic Church, and the Allouez Council 658 Knights of Columbus and a life member and Past Faithful Navigator of the Father Edward J. Bader Assembly Fourth Degree Knights of Columbus. He was formerly a member of the River Cities Investment Club. He enjoyed coin collecting, classical music, and playing the piano.
Survivors include his wife of 45 years, Phyllis; daughters Maureen Coogan, Chicago., Ill., and Jane and Rui Cerejo, and grandchildren Chase, Carson and Grace Cerejo, Wellington, FL; sisters: Mary Stapleton (Edward), North Tonawanda, NY; Louisa Congdon, Seattle, WA; Margaret Firth (John), Grand Island, NY; and brother John Coogan (Mary) Amelia Island, FL. Also surviving are many nieces and nephews.
In lieu of flowers, please send money to Knights of Columbus Allouez Council, Rock Island or New Mellary Monastary.
Online condolences may be left at www.wheelanpressley.com.
Phyllis and family, I'm so very sorry for the loss of Bill in your lives. I enjoyed both of you so much during the time I worked at Friendship Manor. I know you will miss him terribly, Phyllis and I pray that God takes you by the hand and guides you through this sad time in your life. Remembering the good times with your lovely husband will keep your heart smiling. God bless all of you.
-- Joan Bollaert
My wife Sharon and I are sorry to hear of Bill's passing. We lived across the street on Bruce Avenue from 90-91. We enjoyed that time as your neighbors when we lived there. I worked with Bill from 1980-84 and 89-91. I remember that Bill was proud of his Irish heritage. Every St. Patrick's Day he would mention about celebrating with soda bread and cornbeef and cabbage. Bill had a wealth of background knowledge that I found helpful. Bill will be remembered. Stan and Sharon
-- Stanley and Sharon Lowe
We love you, Uncle Bill.
-- John, Mary Ellen, Pat, Claire and Joanna Coogan
Dear Phyllis, Maureen,Jane,Rui,& Family,
Our thoughts and prayers are with you. We pray that our Lord and Savior will give you the comfort, peace, and strength that only He give. The Lord will see you through this time with his covering of strength and love, and He will help you realize that your memories are a precious source of healing and comfort.
With Deepest Sympathy,
Luke, Cherie, Gianna, & Lukie Galante
-- Luke Galante and Family
My sincere sympathy to you over the death of your husband and father. I am proud to say he was a member of our class of '49 at St. Mary's High in Niagara Falls, NY. He was full of fun and was an excellent piano player. We missed him at several reunions. You are all in my prayers.
-- Sr. Bernadette Geiser
We wish to ecpress our sorrow aat the
passing of Bill. We enjoyed his company
when we were on reteat at New Mellary
-- Robert D. Moseley Family