John Cook Sr.
FREDERICKTOWN — John Wayne Cook Sr., 70, of Fredericktown passed on Friday evening, May 2, 2008, at his home surrounded by his loving family.
He was born on May 8, 1937, in Columbus, a son of late John and Alberta (Presley) Cook. John served in the U.S. Navy from 1960 to 1963. He was a heavy equipment operator and he owned and operated several small businesses, such as TV and antenna service, vending machine services, boat and tackle shop, handmade leather goods, auto body repair and painting, wood crafts and carpentry, home builder, farming, land sales, and he worked for a local company for heating and cooling. As you can see John was a jack-of-all-trades and provided well for his family. Family was everything to John. Everyone who met John liked him and in his 70 years here on Earth, he touched a lot of lives. He will be a sadly missed but we know he is with his Heavenly Father now and is in no more pain. He fought a brave battle with cancer for 15 months. Enjoying every minute he had left with family and friends. John really enjoyed fishing and a week before leaving this Earth, he enjoyed a three-hour fishing trip with family. He said “Just one more time.” Everyone who came to visit John at his home would not be able to avoid the love of his two canine companions, Lady and Blacky.
John is survived by his loving wife of 51 years, Mona June (Wellman) Cook, whom he married on July 3, 1956; his sons, John W. (Mindy) Cook Jr. of Mount Vernon, Jerry L. (Mary) Cook of Minneola, Fla., and Jim L. (Lisa) Cook of Fredericktown; daughters, Joyce A. (Steven) Pelton of Walhonding and Jeannette L. Power of Fredericktown; 11 grandchildren; nine great-grandchildren; and sisters, Phyllis Harman of Derby and Janet Strickler of Corinth, Texas.
The family will receive friends Tuesday, May 6, from 7 to 9 p.m. at the Dowds-Snyder Funeral Home, 201 Newark Road, Mount Vernon, where funeral services will be held Wednesday, May 7, at 1 p.m. with Pastor Jamie Gump officiating. Burial will follow in the Mount Vernon Memorial Gardens with military services provided by the Knox County Joint Veterans Council.
Memorial contributions may be made to the American Cancer Society, Central Region-Knox, 870 Michigan Ave., Columbus, OH 43215. Online condolences may be expressed to the family by visiting www.snyderfuneralhomes.com. The Dowds-Snyder Funeral Home is honored to serve the Cook family.