Obituary: Lester Joseph Cooney
July 19, 1935 – November 4, 2019
Lester Joseph Cooney was born in 7/19/35 to Lester and Johanna Cooney in Palisade, Colorado and passed away on 11/4/19. Les lived in Craig all his life. He participated in boxing, football and basketball in high school. After graduating from high school he worked with his father and brother “Frank” at Cooney and Balleck Excavating. Later he started his own business of Les Cooney Construction. After he retired and sold his dozer, he continued to do some part time dozer work for other construction companies for several years. He also worked for Jerry Thompson driving truck during harvest and transporting vehicles for both Craig Ford and Victory Motors.
Les was a member of St. Michael’s Catholic church. He was a lifetime member of the BPO Elks #1577. Throughout his life his love of sports was ever present. He was a follower of the Broncos, Rockies and Nuggets. He enjoyed and supporting local Craig High School football and basketball teams. Fishing, bowling and golf were sports he enjoyed during his lifetime. Les was married to JoAnn Deyo. They had three children, Angie, Lance and Karen. He later married Beth Morgan and had 2 stepchildren, Robin and Rod. From the unions there are 9 grandchildren and 9 great-grandchildren. He very much loved being a grandpa to all. He will be greatly missed by his family and many friends. Memorial donations can be made to the Boys and Girls Club here in Craig.
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