Ralph L. Cooke
1948 - 2020
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Ralph L. Cooke, 72, of Elizabethtown PA passed away unexpectedly on Sunday, October 11, 2020 in Middletown PA. He was born May 7, 1948 in Danville PA the son of the late Donald K. and Mary Ellen Herman Cooke. Ralph graduated from Middletown Area High School. He loved his country and served faithfully in the United States Army National Guard for 41 years from 1967-2008 as an aircraft mechanic. He enjoyed working part-time at Germak Electrical in Middletown for the last 10 years. Ralph was a lifetime member of the American Legion and VFW. He was also a lifetime member of the Friendship Fire Company Social Club in Lebanon PA. He loved fishing and hunting. He will be remembered as a selfless, caring man who would lend a helping hand to anyone who needed help and certainly was a jack of all trades. A tenderhearted, kind soul, Ralph was loved and befriended by many, and he will be deeply missed. Most of all, Ralph adored his family including his daughter and granddaughter who were the core of his life and meant more to him than anything else. He is survived by one daughter, Hope L. Cooke and one granddaughter, Kaylee M. Phillips; both of Lykens PA as well as one granddaughter who is expected in February. Also surviving are many nieces and nephews. Ralph was preceded in death by three brothers; Thomas D. Cooke, John E. Cooke and Frederick A. Cooke. Relatives and friends are invited to attend a Graveside Service to be held on Tuesday, October 20, 2020 at 2:00 PM at Straub's Lutheran Church Cemetery 639 Frosty Valley Road Danville PA with Pastor Greg Molter officiating. Military rites will be accorded by the American Legion Post 40 Danville PA. Friends will be received on Monday, October 19, 2020 from 4:00 PM – 7:00 PM at Visneski Funeral Home, Inc. 42 West Mahoning Street Danville PA. The family will provide flowers. Memorial contributions may be made to American Legion Post 40 425 Northumberland Street Danville PA 17821. www.visneski.com. www.pennlive.com/obits

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Published in Patriot-News from Oct. 14 to Oct. 15, 2020.
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October 19, 2020
He was a true teacher and always taught us "new" guys the right way to fix helicopters. No shortcuts!! I served with him from 2004 to 2005 in Tikrit, Iraq. He stepped up to the plate once again to serve his country in a far away land to answer the call for his country. His gentle demeanor and kindness to all will truly be missed. We are all blessed to have served with and to have known such a true HERO!! Just saying Man!!!
douglas kephart
Served In Military Together
October 17, 2020
A giant of a man with a heart of gold. He will leave a legacy of family and friends. I’ll miss him but remember him always. RIP Wild.
Mike Wevodau
October 14, 2020
We will all kiss you Ralph, I will always hold close the flights we had in your Aircraft. Thank you brother for serving our nation for so many years.
Chris Latchford
October 14, 2020
Ralph was always there for me to help, offer advice, or lend a tool to make a job go easier. He loved to joke about me being a Marine. I will miss him.
Randy P Gagliano
October 14, 2020
Ralph was one of the most giving and caring people I had the pleasure of serving with. Ralph, Rest in Peace. My condolences to his family and all survivors.
Edward James Maige
Served In Military Together
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