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John Dale Cook, 90, passed away peacefully on January 23, 2019. John was raised in Fremont, Nebraska, by his parents, Morris and Gene (Morehouse) Cook.
John moved out to California in the early 1950's to attend College in San Jose and went on to graduate from UC Hastings College of Law in San Francisco. John became the 5th generation of lawyers in the Cook family. He enrolled in the Marine Corp and served as a 2nd Lieutenant during the Korean War. Following the war, he returned to San Francisco and met his future wife, Joleen Joyce Kuelbs of Sleepy Eye, MN, at a neighborhood martini party. The two moved to Eureka in 1956 and built their family home. John opened his own law firm and went on to practice civil law for over 55 years in Eureka.
John enjoyed frequent fishing trips to the Klamath and Trinity Rivers, often staying at the Bluff Creek Campground with friends and family. He traveled to Canada for 47 years, always bringing back numerous geese and ducks for his wife to help clean. He and Joleen would often host wild game dinners in their home, but Joleen grew weary of cleaning the birds, so John turned his future hunting treasures into a wild game feed at the Eureka Elks Lodge. His good friend, Victor Blanc, along with several other avid hunters, helped contribute wild game to the dinner and it became a yearly tradition at the Elk's. John was a member of the Elks Lodge for over 62 years, and spent many Monday nights behind the bar volunteering.
John and Joleen were very socially active in the community. They belonged to several Bridge Clubs and often entertained in their home. Joleen volunteered with numerous organizations in Eureka. John was a member of the Humboldt Trap and Skeet Club for over 60 years. He worked most weekends there as a Rangemaster and was given the nickname of "Sure Shot". According to his good friends, George Johnson and Conley Brown, John was, "One of the best shooters in Humboldt County". The family sends a very special thank you to George and Conley for continuing to take John out to shoot on Thursdays. John was still shooting up until two months ago.
John was also an avid golfer and member of Baywood up until a few years ago. In the summertime, when Joleen had errands, John would often take his daughters and leave them at the pool at Baywood while he played nine holes. They began calling the lifeguard Uncle Frank, as he would babysit the girls while he played golf. His daughters never complained, as he also gave them the passcode to make purchases at the snack bar.
John was preceded in death by his wife, Joleen Cook, who passed last January. He was also preceded in death by his only sibling, Barbara Gene Cook (Campbell), who passed in 2004. John is survived by his daughter Karen Gene Ramirez (Ceasar), daughter Ellen Katherine Cook (Anne Pagel), and granddaughters Danelle T. Hendershot and Breanna M. Ramirez.
The family would like to thank the staff at TimberRidge of Eureka for taking excellent care of our father these last few years. Thank you to Humboldt Hospice for their compassion and help during his last week. Dad did not want any services, and we will observe his wishes. Our father was a member of the Marine Corps League Six Rivers Detachment, and he always supported the Toys for Tots program. In lieu of flowers, we ask you to please make a donation to the Toys for Tots program in dad's name. Thank you to everyone who shared in his journey, and to dad, we love you and SEMPER FI.
Published in Eureka Times-Standard from Jan. 31 to Feb. 3, 2019
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