Cool, John R. He was born in Marshall, MN to Mike and Alice (Lambert/ Feryn) Cool on August 30th, 1945. John attended Catholic University of America in Washington, DC before enlisting in the U.S. Army. After being commissioned as a 2nd Lt., he served with distinction in Vietnam, receiving two Purple Hearts for wounds in combat, a Bronze Star, and an Army Commendation Medal for valor in action. John joined Merrill Lynch, Pierce, Fenner & Smith, Inc. as Operations Liaison Manager, and stayed in the securities business until entering the world of publishing in 1975. In 1982 he founded JRC Enterprises, Inc., and M.A.R.C., Inc. to service the marketing and merchandising needs of the newspaper industry. He had subsequently consulted and trained newspaper professionals across the nation and in Canada in marketing and merchandising. John specialized in creating, packaging, and initiating programs and promotions with major clients such as USA Today, Thomson Newspapers, EIS Corp., Southam Newspapers and the Torstar Corporation. At the time of his death he was developing and implementing a marketing strategy for Odin Industries of Athens, Georgia. John enjoyed family, friends, nature, good food, good music, drama and fine wines. He particularly enjoyed cooking for family and friends. John was fun loving and giving of himself and will be sadly missed by all. Survivors include four brothers, Ron, Minneapolis, Lawrence, Marshall, Joseph (Doris), Marshall, Robert (Trixie), Marshall, and four sisters, Jean of Battle Lake, MN, Colleen Macheledt (Ron), Battle Lake, MN, Nancy Lewis (Jim), Puyallup, WA., Mary Alice Gade (Mike), Bluffton SC, adopted sister Betty Cook, Battle Lake, and many nieces and nephews with whom he had a special relationship. He was preceded in death by his parents, brother Dennis, grandparents and various aunts and uncles. He will be buried with full military honors at Arlington National Cemetery in Virginia. Cremation Society of Minnesota 612-825-2435
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Published in Star Tribune on Jan. 20, 2008