William "Bill" Lewis Cook, Jr. was born in Modesto, California, to William Lewis Cook, Sr. and Goldie Marie (Outland) Cook on June 20, 1925. He passed away in Lodi, California, on July 6, 2014, of stomach cancer at 89 years old. Bill was educated at Atlanta Elementary (Class of 1940), Ripon High School (Class of 1944), and Oakland California College of Arts & Crafts (Class of 1953). He served in the United States Army at Fort Lewis, Washington in 1946. He started Cook Displays in 1955 and built various State and County fair displays. He worked on theatre prop set-ups and designs at Eaglet theatre and the Sacramento Music Circus. Bill worked in Los Angeles on the Rose Bowl floats for the parade. He did interior design work for model homes in Honolulu, Hawaii and in Redding, California. He lived in Sonora, California for many years where he enjoyed doing displays and painting abstract oils. Bill retired to Lodi where he enjoyed entering pictures in different art shows. His interest and pastimes were Arts & Theatre, reading, gardening, painting, and watching "Antique Road Show" on T.V. while relaxing with his cats. He was a member of the Native Sons of the West in Columbia, Order of E. Clampus Vitus-Amatuca chapter, and the San Joaquin Historical Society, receiving the Golden Acorn Award.
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Bill was preceded in death by his father, William Lewis Cook, Sr. and his mother, Goldie Marie (Outland) Cook. He is survived by his sister, Juanita E. (Cook) Lisenbee; nephews, Thomas D. (Barbara) Lisenbee, Charles R. Lisenbee, III; nieces, Linda J. Lisenbee and Charlene D. (Larry) Mettler. He also leaves many great-nieces and nephews and great-great nephews and nieces.
The family of William L. Cook would also like to express their deepest gratitude to Bill's caregiver, Pam Lauber, who was a huge help to him, especially these past few years..
Bill's great-grandparents, Frederick and Caroline Cook, migrated from Germany and at that time spelled their last name Koch. Frederick, seeing a need for a cemetery, donated property at 5 corners ( Jacktone & French Camp Rds) that became the Atlanta Methodist Cemetery. A Cook family plot is located there, and Bill's final resting place will be alongside his great-grandparents. They were the first generation to come to the U.S. and William Lewis Cook, Jr. is the last generation to carry the Cook family name.
The service will be a private graveside service for the immediate family. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made in his name to Atlanta Cemetery 14251 Lone Tree Rd. Escalon, CA 95320. Lodi Funeral Home is assisting the family with the arrangement.
Lodi Funeral Home
725 South Fairmont Lodi, CA 95240
Published in Lodi News-Sentinel from July 18 to July 25, 2014