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Vernon Kooy

May 8, 1943 — October 23, 2020

Hastings resident Dr. Vernon Eugene Kooy, 77, went Home peacefully on October 23, 2020, at his home after a long battle with a rare cancer and other health issues.

There will be no services at this time. Memorials may be given in his name to the American Civil Liberties Union, or First Presbyterian Church of Hastings.

Vern was born in Somerville, NJ on May 8, 1943, to Vernon H. & Ruth M. (Carlson) Kooy. He attended high school in New Brunswick, NJ, graduated with a BA from Central College in Pella, IA, and earned a Ph.D. in Philosophy from Claremont Graduate University. He was united in marriage to Betty Freeman Kooy in Chino, CA on August 9, 1963.

Vern was truly a philosopher and a renaissance man. His careers included teacher, professor, builder, cabinet maker, custodian, and draftsman. He taught philosophy at Pasadena City College, Hastings College, and Central Community College. Vern considered himself a jack of all trades, a master of a few, and in the spirit of Don Quixote, a windmill chaser.

Vern was preceded in death by his father and mother; step-mother, Margot A. Kooy; and brother, Daryl G. Kooy.

Wife of 57 years:
Betty L. Kooy
Heidi M. Kooy
Elizabeth A. Kooy (Adrian Codel)
Jan F. Kooy (Nefertiti Yusah)
Ute Cruz
Zane Codel
Cael Codel
Soeren Codel
Athena Yusah-Kooy
Craig A. Kooy
Gwyn E. Kooy
Brian K. Kooy

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