Garth Edward Cooney, age 60 of Marengo, passed away Saturday, January 20, 2018 at the Dennis and Donna Oldorf Hospice House in Hiawatha. Memorial Services: 2:00 p.m., Wednesday, January 24, 2018 at the St. Patrick’s Catholic Church, Marengo, with Father David Wilkening officiating. Burial will be in the Marengo Cemetery, Marengo. There will be a luncheon and time to visit with the family at St. Patrick’s Catholic Church following the committal service at the cemetery. A memorial fund has been established. Kloster Funeral Home, Marengo, is assisting the family with arrangements.
Garth is survived by his wife Della of Marengo; three children Chad (Kaylynn) Cooney of Madison, SD, Jason (Kayla) Cooney of Manchester and Sara (Tim) Campagna of Marion; six grandchildren Addison, Paislee, Nolan, and Sam Cooney and Leighton and Weston Campagna; five siblings Gary (Elaine) Cooney of Hudson, Mike (Jade) Cooney of Patriot, IN, Frank (Debbie) Cooney of Solon, Tim (Janine) Cooney of Ottumwa and Jeannette Cooney of Johnston; a sister-in-law Kristen Cooney; his mother-in-law Sandy Brecht; and a brother-in-law Ron (Michelle) Brecht. He was preceded in death by his parents, a brother Emmett and his father-in-law Ron Brecht Sr.
Garth Cooney was born February 7, 1957, in Iowa City, the son of Joe and Lois Hoyle Cooney. He graduated from Iowa Valley High School in 1975. He was united in marriage to Della Brecht on November 28, 1980 at St. Patrick’s Catholic Church in Marengo. Garth worked at Gerdau in Wilton, as a crane operator for 29 years. He enjoyed all sports, especially golf, fantasy sports and the Iowa Hawkeyes. Family was very important to Garth and he loved spending time with them all. He also loved spending time with his two best buddies, his dogs Cooper and Baily.