Thomas Everett Cook
1954 - 2016
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Thomas Everett Cook, 61

Thomas Everett Cook, age 61 of Cayuga, IN passed away on Monday, May 23, 2016 from injuries sustained in an automobile accident.

Tom was born on June 20, 1954 in El Paso, TX. He was the son of Thomas M. and Claudia (Langdon) Cook. He graduated from North Vermillion High School in 1972, Manchester College in 1976 and received his Masters from Indiana State University in 1983. He married Patt Metzler in 1977. They raised their 4 boys in West Lebanon, Indiana where they were very active members of their community, and remained married for 37 years.

Tom was a teacher and coach for the last 39 years, starting at Milford High School in 1976, then Seeger High School, North Newton High School, Schlarman High School, McCutcheon High School, Benton Central High School (Coached), and back to Seeger High School where he had coached and taught since 1996. At Seeger he taught physical education and health. He coached football, including the 2003 state runner-up and the 2004 state championship teams, and wrestling, where he was the winningest coach in school history. He was an active member of the Indiana Football Coaches Association, Indiana High School Wrestling Coaches Association and was a two-time inductee into the Indiana Wrestling Hall of Fame. He was a member of the West Lebanon Christian Church.

In his free time he was an avid cyclist, runner, and general fitness enthusiast. Always a champion for the underdog, he volunteered much of his time to his students and athletes that needed him most. His favorite way to spend his free time was with his 4 boys.

Surviving are:

4 children, Zachary John Cook (Liz), Jesse Thomas Cook, Elijah Daniel Cook (Meagan), and Jacob Metzler Cook all of Bloomington, IN and their Mom, Patt of West Lebanon,

his parents Tom and Claudia Cook of Cayuga, IN, 3 siblings, George Cook (Susan) of Monticello, IN, Dwight Cook (Jean) of Lafayette, IN and April Starkey (Chad) of Cayuga, IN, and many aunts, uncles, nieces and nephews.

Visitation will be at Seeger High School gymnasium on Sunday, May 29, 2016 from 2:00 p.m. until service time at 5:00 p.m. with Rev. Dr. Roger Andrew McDaniel officiating. In lieu of flowers memorial contributions may be made to the Warren County Community Foundation 31 N. Monroe St., Williamsport, IN 47993, where a fund in Coach Cook's name is being established to benefit underprivileged student athletes. Online condolences may be made at

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Mr Cook was one of the best coaches I had the pleasure of learning from. He was always respectful and would not take less than 100%. He will be missed.

Our thoughts and prayers are with you.
Geoff Avolt
May 29, 2016
There are those special people that enter your life when you need them the most. Coach was that person for me in high school and throughout my life. The values, the respect and placing others less fortunate than you ahead of yourself has been the core of my being since believing into his leadership style. He is my hero.. Will always be. Our conversations always picked up where they left off whether it be two days or two years later. He followed my career in the Navy and was so excited when I told him I became a teacher and coach after I retired from the Navy in 2006. I told him it was because of him that I serve.. He told me to pass it on.. I will always coach,,, love you
Dave Jasper
May 29, 2016
My condolences go out to the cook family. I pray God helps you all through this. God bless you all.
Amy Gillen
May 29, 2016
I too Had Mr. Cook as a Biology teacher at McCutcheon about 25 Years ago. When I heard about his death. I assumed it wasn't anyone I knew. I never was aware of his first name either.

Many a young men in class got called "Bonehead " by Mr. Cook and ever since the term Bonehead is synonymous with memories of Mr. Cook. He was a cool guy.

Condolences to the family. May they find the strength they need in this trying time.
Rest In Peace, Mr. Cook
William Wade
May 28, 2016
May the Lord comfort and keep the Cook family. Until we meet again friend!
Donald & Stacey Moore
May 28, 2016
Most folks know Tom Cook - athletic coach and pillar of the community. I would like to share a few words about Tommy, my cousin and a best friend through all the years of youth. We were only months apart in age, but there was always something more that bonded our friendship. Every opportunity to spend a weekend together was cause for excitement and celebration. A perfect weekend was as simple as sharing his company on a stroll to the local dimestore, playing outdoor games, or watching television.

It was during our teen years - those most awkward years of an awareness of girls and music - that we became even closer. The war in Vietnam was escalating and we realized that one day in the not so distant future we may be drafted into service. American culture was in rebellion. But we weren't rebellious, we weren't rebels without a cause. We were Hoosier version of Tom Sawyer and Huckleberry Finn - rebels without a clue - and life was good. Tommy exposed me to some of the most memorable music of the times : Eric Clapton & Cream, Steppenwolf, Bob Seger, the Beatles 'Abbey Road', and Iron Butterfly. On a special occasion he generously gave me the album 'In-a-Gada-Da-Vida' as a gift and said the best gift he could give me was one he wished he had for himself. That spoke volumes about Tommy's unselfishness and willingness to sacrifice to others, especially as neither of us had money to spare.

He taught me about sportsmanship. While fencing with a pair of epees that were an heirloom to him from Uncle Bruce, my first thrust was to stab Tommy in the knuckles. I took pride in the maneuver and as soon as the initial pain subsided he calmly insisted on respectable rules of engagement and we proceeded as he skewered me repeatedly - all in a Gentleman's manner.

On a summer's eve we were granted permission to spend the night in a camper in the back yard where we reveled in playing Bob Seger's 'Ramblin Gamblin' Man' record at a volume to our pleasure and mercifully sparing assault on the ears of Aunt Claudia and Uncle Tom. As the evening progressed and on a whim, we decided to engage in a most daring and covert mission and slip away to the local grain elevator. I can't recall why that seemed like an exciting thing to do but I clearly remember hanging from a ladder and misjudged the distance to the ground in the dark when I decided to jump and landed hands and knees into a most vile mixture of pigeon waste and rotting corn. The smell was staggering and required a plan to conceal our excursion. We unceremoniously buried my trousers in the back yard and Tommy bravely retrieved a clean pair from inside the house without detection.

We could be rivals, but never foes. There was a most adorable red haired girl we mutually were attracted to. During a football game Tommy made one the most exciting and greatest plays of the season - unwitnessed while I was occupied under the bleachers soliciting a kiss from that red haired girl. Tommy and I reached an agreement to accept the girl's decision whom she favored and she chose to rebuff both of us for another. We fatalistically shrugged the whole thing off and shared a laugh.

Our adult lives separated our paths - but never the cherished memories. I never imagined I would see the day I would have to say goodbye. Tommy was always the voice of reason, compassionate, empathetic, non-judgemental, and unselfish - qualities I greatly admired and respected him for. I wished I would have told him that. Thank him for sharing his friendship during those formative years that left such a positive impact on who I am today. I would have enjoyed sharing the experience with him of seeing Iron Butterfly perform live while I was stationed in the Army. I wish I could give him a gift - my life for the return of his - so he could continue enriching so many other lives.

I can't say Goodbye - it seems too final. I prefer to keep Tommy alive, as he has always been, in memory and share those memories with you of the man I knew as my cousin and best friend.
James E. Hayes
May 27, 2016
To the Family of Tom (Cookie) Cook. I am so sorry to hear about your father, and husband. Tom and I played football together at Manchester. He was a tough as nails competitor, and a good friend. We spent many hours in the weight-room and on the playing field.
I will pray for you old friend
Mark(Red-eye) Hoffman
Mark Hoffman
May 27, 2016
Tom will be missed by his family, friends, classmates, students, athletes, coaches and parents. I will miss him as my big brother. He was always the voice of reason in situations with no good answer. As with most siblings, we competed frequently, he generally won at everything, but it made me a stronger person. Tom challenged everyone around him to be a better, stronger, faster, more dedicated individual. Be the best at whatever you try. And if you never try, you'll never realize your full potential. I'm proud to say he was my brother.
George Cook
May 27, 2016
I though of Tommy as part of my family, I pray for his soul to spirit it's way to the throne of our Lord , be accepted into His arms and Heaven be his new home.
Theolinda Foster
May 26, 2016
Mr. Cook was my biology teacher at McCutcheon about 20yrs ago. Definitely, one of my favorite teachers. I will never forget him or Monty. More importantly, I will never forget that he never taught science in a way that contradicted my Biblical beliefs. I will never forget the individual time he took with me when I expressed these concerns. I am so very sorry to hear this devastating news. My prayers and condolences go out to Mrs. Cook and sons.
Sylvia Salazar Cross
May 26, 2016
Mr cook. you will be missed by many amazing, delicate man R.I.P you left way to soon for this world.
May 26, 2016
Thoughts, prayers, and our deepest sympathy to all the family.
Steve and Marilyn Shonkwiler
May 26, 2016
Patt, Zack, Jesse, Eli & Jacob, words cannot adequately capture the loss that I am sure that you all feel. The Cook family has been a big part of our lives and there are not the right words to express our sorrow at this time. So with that said, I want to remember all the great times: The birth of all the boys, watching the Bears win the "85 Super Bowl together, all the New Year's Eve celebrations, all our work in the Seeger weight room, watching our kids grow up, playing football and basketball in the Seeger gym on snow days and the list could go on and on. Those are memories that I will always cherish while thinking of the Cook family.
Bill Jensen
May 26, 2016
In Loving Memory of Thomas Cook,

Our thoughts and prayers are with Patt, Eli, Zach, Jesse, Jacob & the Cook family and the entire Seeger Community.

God Bless,

Chris, Crista & Penelope Virtue
Chris Virtue
May 26, 2016
No words can adequately express our deepest sympathy for Tom's family. Our family knew Tom as a friend, a fellow coach and as parents of football players coached by Tom. We were all very fortunate to know Tom and we know he will be greatly missed. Our prayers go out to Pat and the boys. Gods Peace
John Koehler
May 26, 2016
We played football together at North Vermilion. Things I remember. He worked hard on and off the field. Even chewing his food at lunchtime hard and fast. Had a unique, and exceptionally quick start in the tail back position. Would always call upon him to go off tackle and inevitably he'd go around the end. He knew how to always give'er!
Hadn't kept in touch but can see from others that he's had a wonderful life, generous to many. I'm proud to have been a friend. And I offer my condolences to family, friends, students, former students, and the communities he served in various capacities.
Jeff Grumley
May 26, 2016
Our prayers and thoughts go out to Tom's family and friends during this time.
Bob & Susie Kunkle
May 26, 2016
Rest in peace prayers for the family
michael anderson and family
May 26, 2016
May God bless you and your family in this time of sorrow.
Terri woodby
May 26, 2016
I had Mr Cook as a biology teacher at Mccutcheon High. He was my favorite teacher, and made biology fun and interesting. He was a great man and teacher. He always walked his huge snake through the halls of the school. He also taught my son Alex at Seeger. I was so sad when I heard the news of him passing away. Rest in Peace!
Noelle Mull-Boehle
May 25, 2016
I got to know Tom Cook when I coached with him in the Indiana North-South All-Star Football Game. From that game, we became friends and I valued his friendship. I have tremendous respect for the great coach and mentor he was to his students and athletes. Everyone who knew Tom knew how much he loved his family. They were his pride and joy. I feel very fortunate to have known Tom Cook. Rest in Peace friend.
Chris Meeks
May 25, 2016
I never got to tell you Thank You for saving me Coach, I love you!
May 25, 2016
My heart hurts for Mrs. Cook and the boys. Mr. Cook was a big part of our lives growing up in West Lebanon. He will be greatly missed.
Cory Howard
May 25, 2016
In memory of our childhood friendship
Donna Walters
May 25, 2016
Rest in peace Tom, you will be greatly missed. You have affected so many more lives through the years than you could possibly know. Thank you for being socaring and giving.
Erick Shamp
May 25, 2016
Hundreds will miss you. Thank you for what you & your family have done.
Sharon L Saxe
May 25, 2016
Go rest high on that mountain and sing them joyful praises with our lord. RIP you will be missed by many. I miss you.
Angela Moody
May 25, 2016
I'm so very sorry for your loss! Tom was a great guy as everyone that knew him knows this. I've known him since the 70's. We realized when he came to teach at Seeger that we both had something in common, and that was our little town of Milford. I pray for peace for all of you! I'm so grateful that you will always have your memories of your dad, brother and son! My condolences to you all! Gone way too soon!
Lori (Henady) Grennell
May 25, 2016
Fly high with the Angels, you will be missed by so many rip my friend
Kimberly Messick summers
May 25, 2016
I'm so sorry for your loss. To his family and friends, I graduated with Dwight. I've known the family for years in cayuga. Tom was a great guy, he will be missed. Candy hawkins barker.
Candy Barker
May 25, 2016
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