William Ralph Cook|
William Ralph Cook, age 84, of Austin, MN died Saturday morning, August 16, 2014, at St. Mark's Lutheran Home in Austin.
On April 11, 1953, he was united in marriage to Evelyn Nelson at St. Olaf Lutheran Church in Austin. After his discharge, William was trained as a welder for the Caterpillar Corporation in Joliet, Illinois, working as a welder for five years before moving into management for eighteen years before his retirement. When not working as a welder, William designed and constructed the family home in Joliet.
Following his retirement; William was an owner/operator hauling flatbed loads throughout the United States and Canada until 1984. After Evelyn's death in 1984, William worked for the Troy School District in Joliet, Illinois until 1995. On May 24, 2000, William married Rosemary (Huinker) Meyer at St. Augustine Catholic Church in Austin where the couple made their home.
Survivors include his wife, Rosemary Cook of Austin; daughter Elizabeth (John) Kaczmarczyk of St. Peters, Missouri; a grandson, John Michael Kaczmarczyk of St. Peters, Missouri; and eight brothers and sisters.
At William's request, no public services will be held. A private family memorial service and interment will take place at a later date. Interment will be in the London Cemetery with military honors by the members of American Legion Post 91 and VFW Post 1216 of Austin.
The Worlein Funeral Home of Austin is assisting the family with arrangements.
Condolences may be expressed to the family online at www.worlein.com
Published in The Herald-News on Aug. 18, 2014