Mr. (Richard) Jack Cook age 83, of Rockford, born May 10, 1926, passed away peacefully Christmas Eve, Thursday, December 24, 2009, surrounded by his loving family, who take great comfort in knowing he celebrated Christmas with Jesus.
He proudly served his country in the U.S. Navy, WWII, 1943-1946, and was a member of the American Legion Post #102 in Rockford for 43 years. He retired from MichCon (DTE) in 1981 after 32 years, where he was their western district serviceman in the Rockford area, priding himself on the superb personal rapport he had built and enjoyed with area customers. “Cookie,” as he was referred to, was given the Blue Heart award for being one of the most well-liked, competent employees of the western district.
Family will affectionately remember Dad for always having a “pair and a spare.”
He was the beloved husband of Jacqueline J. Cook, whom he married in 1981, and is survived by his children, Richard L. Cook (Debra) of Cedar Springs, Jack (Carol Sue) Cook of Rockford, Leslie (Jim) Vaglica of Wyoming, Connie Hulst of Dorr, Todd (Valentina) of Kentwood; Jeanne (Mutlaq) Al-Ajmi of Kuwait, and Lisa (Rick) Rothwell of Rockford; his grandchildren, Ricky Cook, TJ (Thomas Jack) Cook, Tina (Joel) Ross, Brandon (Kristen) Cook, Emily (Chad) Tejchma, Joe (Desirae) Fairbrother, Sgt. Stacey (Antonio) Crowder stationed in Iraq, Steven Aguilar, R.A. Hulst, Salem, Noura, Sarah, Wadha and Muhammad Al-Ajmi, Jessica and Zachary Rothwell; eight great-grandchildren; aunt, Shirley King of Rockford; sister-in-law, Mary Bliss of Grand Rapids; and many cousins. He was predeceased by his parents, Clifford and Ruth (Lee) Cook, and a granddaughter, Vicky Cook.
Visitation was Tuesday, Dec. 29, from 6 to 8 p.m. at the Rockford United Methodist Church, with a memorial service on Wednesday, Dec. 30 at 10:00 a.m. at the church with Reverend Dick Riley officiating. Military honors were under the auspices of the Kent County Veterans Honor Guard with inurnment in Cannon Township Cemetery. For those who wish, memorials may be made to the Rockford United Methodist Church or Faith Hospice.
Arrangements were made by Pederson Funeral Home, Rockford.