Cleber “Bud” Alden Cooley Jr., 83, died Jan. 31, 2010, at his residence in Waldoboro.

He was born Dec. 8, 1926, the son of Cleber A. Cooley Sr. and Myra Whittier Webb in Washington. He grew up in Washington and attended local schools. In 1945 he entered the U.S. Army and served his country until his discharge in 1946, leaving with the rank of corporal.

After returning home from service he met and married Irene Pinkney on Dec. 2, 1949. The couple made their home in Washington until moving to Waldoboro in their later years.

Bud was a self-employed pulpwood contractor as well as the road commissioner in Washington. Along with doing this he also plowed snow for the state of Maine and was a Christmas tree dealer.

Some of his hobbies included lobster fishing, hunting, and visiting friends and relatives. He was also very proud of raising his vegetable garden.

He was a 50-plus-year member of Mt. Olivet Masonic Lodge 203 in Washington.

He was predeceased by his wife of 50 years, Irene Pinkney Cooley; his daughter, Paula Cooley; two sisters, Betty Orff and Dorothy Moore; and a brother, Talbot Cooley.

Bud is survived by two daughters, Jacquelyn Magno and her husband, Carlo, of Waldoboro and Joyce Cooley of Warren; a son, Craig Cooley and his wife, Kimberly, of Waldoboro; two grandsons, Gavin McLain and his wife, Tracie, of Washington and Gabriel Cooley of Waldoboro; a granddaughter, Marla Levesque and her husband, Matthew, of Germany; four great-grandsons, Taylor and Alden McLain of Washington and Devin and Brodie Levesque of Germany; two sisters, special sister June Stiman and her husband, David, of Augusta and Patricia Creamer and her husband, Earl, of Washington; a brother, Parker Cooley and his wife, Nancy, of Westminster, Mass.; a brother-in-law, Arnold Orff; his beloved dog and constant companion, Susie; as well as many nieces, nephews and beloved friends.

A celebration of Bud’s life will be held at the Hall Funeral Home, 949 Main St. in Waldoboro, on Thursday, Feb. 4 at 11 a.m., with a time of visitation at 10 a.m.

Should friends desire, memorial donations may be made to Kno-Wal-Lin Hospice, c/o Northeast Health, 170 Pleasant St., Rockland ME 04841; or the Lincoln Country Animal Shelter, P.O. Box 7, Edgecomb, ME 04556.

Arrangements are with the Hall Funeral Home in Waldoboro.