Claudie E. "Cookie" Cook, 94, of Granite City, Ill., born May 3, 1919, in Cornersville, Tenn., passed away at 10:50 a.m. Friday, Nov. 1, 2013, at the Illinois Veterans Home in Quincy.
Mr. retired as a welder from Laclede Steel in Madison after 30 years of dedicated service. During his time with Laclede Steel, he was very proud of his involvement with the Union, serving as a shop steward and officer. The United States Army veteran proudly served his country during World War II in the South Pacific Theatre and was the recipient of three bronze stars and numerous ribbons and other achievements. After retirement he enjoyed working with the Granite City Public Library for several years and attended the Third Baptist Church in Granite City. He was an avid fan of the St. Louis Cardinals and enjoyed his days of hunting and gardening and will be remembered for the love and special times shared with his family and friends.
He was preceded in death by his first wife, Gloria Ruth, nee Gilliam, Cook, whom he married on Sept. 6, 1945, in Alabama and who died July 21, 1983; his second wife, Helen B., nee Giles, Cook, whom he married on Sept. 26, 1985, in Granite City and who died Sept. 25, 2004; his parents, Harvey and Lena, nee Holt, Cook; a son, William Cook; infant daughter, April Cook; a brother and sister-in-law, Willie and Mary Cook; and three sisters, Wilina Capps, Evelyn Wakefield and Sissy Cook.
Surviving are two daughters and sons-in-law, Sheila M. and Robert MacLaughlin of Glen Carbon and Pamela and Ray Romine of Granite City; a daughter-in-law, Dora Cook of Troy; four grandchildren and their spouses, Matthew and Kathy MacLaughlin of Glen Carbon, Nicole R. MacLaughlin and Dan Graff of South Bend, Indiana, Jason Cook of Troy and Aimee E. and Randy Bailey of Granite City; seven great-grandchildren, Nick and Natey MacLaughlin, Ellie and Elizabeth Graff, Ayden, Addyson and Aidya Bailey; a sister and brother-in-law, Marie and Ed Johnson of Granite City; and other extended family and friends.
Memorials may be made to the Illinois Veterans Home Activities Fund and may be accepted at the funeral home. www.irwinchapel.com.
Visitation: Friends may call from 6 to 8 p.m. Sunday, Nov. 3, 2013, at Irwin Chapel, 3960 Maryville Road in Granite City, Ill.
Funeral: Funeral services will be held at 9:30 a.m. Monday, Nov. 4, 2013, at the funeral home with Rev. Mark Powell officiating. Burial with full military rites will be at Sunset Hill Memorial Estates, Glen Carbon, Ill.
IRWIN CHAPEL, Granite City, Ill.
Irwin Chapel Pc
3960 Maryville Rd Granite City, IL 62040
Published in Belleville News-Democrat on Nov. 3, 2013