EVANSVILLE, Ind. – William R. "Bill" Cook, 91, passed away on Friday, March 4, 2016, at the John and Betty Charlier Hospice Center in Evansville, Ind.
He was born in Ina, Ill., on Dec. 31, 1924, to the late Arlie and Wilma (Ligon) Cook.
First and foremost, Bill was a loving husband, father and grandfather who enjoyed spending time with family and friends. A longtime resident of Tuscola and Champaign, he was a coal miner, fisherman, baker, Master Mason and 32nd Degree Mason, Valley of Danville Ancient Accepted Scottish Rite of Free Masonry, where he was elected president of the Class of 1977.
Bill was of the Methodist faith and lived his Masonic values of "reverence for God, devotion to country, integrity, justice, toleration and service" in combat with the U.S. Army during World War II, president of UMWA Local Union 1870 (Murdock, Ill.), town councilman and township tax assessor (Tuscola) and on the Illinois State Mining Board by gubernatorial appointment.
Bill is survived by his wife of over 69 years, Myra (Monroe) Cook; daughter, Glenda and husband Bill Stanley of Waco, Texas; daughter, Christine Jones of Evansville; son, Bill Jr. and wife Rose of Brecksville, Ohio; grandchildren, Brett Craig, Justin Stanley, Meghan Lynd, Emily Hiester, Morgann Cook, Lyndsay Cook and Andrew Cook; eight great-grandchildren; and brother, Kenneth Cook.
Siblings Doris (Cook) Shelton, John Cook and James Cook preceded Bill in death.
A gathering will be held at 3 p.m. Sunday, May 29, at Ziemer Funeral Home East Chapel, 800 S. Hebron Ave., Evansville, Ind. Memorial services with military rites will begin at 4 p.m. at the funeral home.