William Denman "Dink" Cook, Sr. Beloved husband, father, grandfather and great grandfather, went home to be with the Lord on June 19, 2012. Born in Lovelady, Texas to Lottie B. Little Cook and Alcie Ward Cook on Nov. 1, 1932. He graduated Angleton High School in 1953. While working for Dow Chemical he attended the University of Houston and Southwest Texas State University before beginning his lifelong career with Southwestern Bell in March 1957 and eventually retiring in 1995. He earned his 32° Mason of Blue Lodge 1096 in Tomball and Scottish Rite of Houston in 1982. Dink is a member of the Tomball United Methodist Church, a lifetime member and volunteer of the Tomball Museum, was on the Board of the Suburban Ranches Riding Club for many years and was an avid horseman. He also enjoyed teaching his three children how to ride and handle a horse. He is survived by his wife Rochelle, of 55 years, his three children, Candace Cook Risien, Melissa Cook Jacobson and husband Joe, and William D. "Bill" Cook, Jr. and wife Jan. Seven grandchildren, Kent Risien and wife Ashley, Chelsea Risien-Fitts and husband Justin, Ashlea Risien and fiancée Paul Martin, Sara Steinbacher-Atkins and husband Greg, Clayton Steinbacher, William D. "Trey" Cook III, Ryan L. Cook; Great-Grandchildren, Evan Young, Kailynn Hinton, Haley Atkins, Emma Grace Risien, Canon Fitts, Summer Atkins, and Isla Rose Risien. Brother Roy M. Cook and wife Ruby of Angleton, Sister LaVern Wharton and husband Will of Houston and Brother-in-law Kay Clendening and wife Joyce Ann of Lorena and many nieces, nephews and friends. He will be in heaven with his mother, father, two brothers, three sisters, and great grandchild Lola Bess Risien. Visitation will be at Klein Funeral Home 1400 W. Main St. Tomball, Texas on Thursday, June 21, 2012 from 5 to 7 p.m. The Funeral will be at Tomball United Methodist Church at 1603 Baker Drive in Tomball, Texas on Friday, June 22nd, 2012 at 11:00 a.m.; Reverend Tommy Lyles officiating. In lieu of flowers donations may be made to the Tomball United Methodist Church or the Tomball Museum Center.
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Published in Houston Chronicle on June 21, 2012