Frederick Francis Cook passed away peacefully at his home on February 23, 2015, with his family beside him. He was born in Lansing, Michigan, on March 13, 1923, the first of three sons born to Fred and Lucille Cook. Fred graduated from Resurrection High School in 1941 and shortly after joined the Navy during WWII, serving for two and a half of his three years of duty in the South Pacific. After his discharge from the Navy, Fred married Margaret “Peg” Garland on May 11, 1946. They lived a short time in California but made Lansing their home, raising five children there. Fred worked for F.D. Hayes Electric for 29 years and then began his second career(s) with Lieberman’s, Huntington’s and finally Prime Time Awards until retiring at age 88 in 2011.
Fred was an active member of St. Casimir’s parish, volunteering his services when needed, including at times doing the electrical wiring for the church’s annual Corn Roast. He served as an usher for many years where he took a particular interest in encouraging young parents and their growing families. Upon moving to South Lansing, Fred and Peg joined the Immaculate Heart of Mary parish.
Fred was an avid high school sports fan, attending football and basketball games for many years with his special friend Vic Bozzo. Fred was extremely proud of his brother Paul Cook, who coached both boys and girls basketball, attending as many games as possible until Paul’s retirement.
Fred was predeceased in death by his parents and his brother Richard Cook. Surviving are his loving wife Peg and their children Michael (Pat) of Anacortes, Washington, Mark (Mary Therese) of Kalamazoo, Matthew of Lansing, Margaret Callahan of Pleasant Ridge, and Maryrose (Wesley) Steer of Grand Rapids and his brother Paul (Mary Ellen) Cook. He is also survived by his eight grandsons, Aaron, Matthew and Jackson Cook, Peter and Jonathan Cook, Nicholas Smith, Nathaniel and Benjamin Steer, and nine great-grandchildren.
A Memorial Mass will be held at Immaculate Heart of Mary Catholic Church in Lansing on Monday, March 16, 2015, at Noon. The family is grateful for the loving care given to our Dad by Heartland Hospice of Mason. In lieu of flowers, contributions may be given to: Heartland Hospice Memorial Fund, 865 S. Cedar Street, Mason, MI 48854. Arrangements are by the Estes-Leadley Greater Lansing Chapel.