Thomas Russell “Russ” Cooney Jr., 50, who drove trucks and hauled water, died April 25, 2012.
He was born on April 29, 1961, in Billings, the first son of Thomas Russell Cooney and Cindia Louise Baker Cooney. He was afflicted with the same disease that claimed his father and Uncle Ted in 1982 and his Aunt Sheryl in 1995.
He attended school in Joliet before moving to Worland, Wyo., with his family.
He worked with his father hauling water for drilling rigs near Grand Junction, Colo. After his father’s water hauling business closed, he hauled water for Parka & Co. and trucked over the road for Tomahawk Trucking, A&I Distributors and others.
Survivors include his wife of 24 years, Gail Ogden Cooney; daughters, Danielle Tremblay of Anchorage, Alaska, and Stephanie Windorski of Miles City; sons, Brian and Talon Cooney, both of Wyoming; three grandchildren; and brothers, Clark, Carl and David Cooney.
A potluck picnic gathering of family and friends will be held at Riverfront Park at noon Saturday, May 12. Arrangements are by Cremation & Funeral Gallery.