Created on Monday, 15 July 2013 Written by THE BELLEFONTAINE EXAMINER STAFF
Everett Leroy “Cookie” Cook, 89, of Lakeview, died Friday, July 12, 2013, at his home.
He was born in Lima on July 4, 1924, to the late Jonas Andrew and Leota Emma Hundley Cook.
On Nov. 27, 1946, he married the former Ernetta Joan Decker and she preceded him in death. He also was preceded in death by a grandchild; two great-grandchildren; four sisters, Virginia Mercer, Evelyn June Cummins, Jo Ann Foor and Shirley Lou Cook; and two brothers, Charles Junior Cook and Wilber Eugene Cook.
He is survived by four children, Wayne Eugene (Pat) Cook and Joyce Ann (Steve) Kesler, both of Elida, Gloria Jean (Mike) Closson of Delphos and Karen Charlese (Janet) Blankenship of Gilboa; 14 grandchildren; 33 great-grandchildren; one great-great-grandchild; five sisters, Vera Ulmer, of Sandusky, Betty Williams of Bellefontaine, Mary Alice Maiami of Sandusky, Velma Marcile Ricketts of Bellefontaine and Doris Sheldon of Alger; a brother, Lester Cook of Russells Point; former wife, Julia Brown, whom he married Aug. 25, 1972; and long-time companion, Shirley Titus of Lakeview, and their granddaughter, Tessie Titus, whom they raised together.
Mr. Cook was a decorated Army Veteran of World War II. He was a member of VFW Post 1275, Lima, American Legion Post 96, Lima, 82nd Airborne Division of WWII, 82nd Airborne Division Association 507th and 504th, 17th Airborne Division Association, Doyle R. Miller AMVETS Post 39 of Lakeview and FOE Aerie 370, Lima.
After 55 years as a butcher, he retired from Lima Packing House-Pride of Lima, Keystone Meat Companies.
Pastor Mark Foor officiates a funeral at 11 a.m. Wednesday at Shoffstall Funeral Home, Lakeview, where visitation is from 2 to 4 and 6 to 8 p.m. Tuesday. Burial with military honors is in Lima Memorial Park Cemetery.
Memorial contribution may be made to St. Jude’s and Boys Town.
Express condolences at shoffstallfuneralhome.com.