John Alfred Cook, 94, Anderson, passed away July 12, 2013, at Edgewater Woods.
He was born on March 27, 1919, in Hartford City, the son of Isaac White Cook and Emma Garnet (Moore) Cook. He graduated from Hartford City High School in 1939. After high school he joined the U.S. Army where he planned to serve the obligatory one year, but, before his year was up Pearl Harbor was attacked. He re-enlisted and served in the Asiatic-Pacific Theatre and was stationed in Sitka, Alaska. He was sent in 1944 to Camp Shelby in Jackson, Mississippi, to test tanks. While in Mississippi he met and wed his “Southern Bride”. He was then sent to the European Theatre and saw action in Belgium, France and Germany. He fought in the Battle of the Bulge. When stationed in England he had the opportunity to attend classes at “Sandhurst” the Royal Military Academy. He attained the rank of Staff Sergeant and was discharged in October of 1945.
After the war he attended Indiana University and Northwestern University. In 1948 he joined the State Police and was assigned to the Pendleton Post. As he worked his way through the ranks, he was assigned to headquarters in Indianapolis where he was in charge of Safety Education, Public Relations and lastly Personnel. He was a Captain when he retired after 25 years in 1973. During his career he was awarded The Sagamore of the Wabash twice for meritorious service by two Indiana Governors.
He then worked twenty years for Regenold Pontiac and retired in 1994. He was an avid golfer and belonged to Grandview’s Men’s Club and Anderson Country Club. He was a member of the Trinity Episcopal Church, The American Legion Post #127, 40 & 8 Vioture #510 and the Elk’s Lodge.
The family would like to thank Southern Care Hospice and Edgewater Woods for all their care and concern.
He is survived by his daughter and son-in-law, Jane Ellen and John Wilford Janes, III of Anderson; grandchildren, Vicki (Patrick) Warren of Burleson, TX, Andrea (Alex) Holtz of Elkhart, John and Jenni Robbins of Carmel; Step-grandchildren, Lisa (Dan) Ripley of Indianapolis, Chad (Megan) Williams of Greenbrae, CA, Rob (Carla) Williams of Downers Grove, IL; great-grandchildren, Sydney, Aaron, Lesley, Jesse and Joe Warren, Zebulon Holtz and one great great grandson, Jude Warren; step great grandchildren, Carli Ripley, Keegan and McKenna Williams, Thomas Williams and Luke Williams.
He was preceded in death by his wife, Laura Wofford Loughmiller Cook and infant son, Ernest Alan Cook; his son-in-law, Thomas Hardy Williams; three sisters, Vera Roe, Gertrude Buckmaster and Maxine Cook.
Friends and family may call from 11:00 A.M. to 2:00 P.M. on Friday, July 19, 2013 at Brown-Butz-Diedring Funeral Home. Afterward, military honors will be conducted by the VFW Post #266 Honor Guard at East Maplewood Cemetery.
Memorial contributions may be made to the Animal Protection League or the Madison County Humane Society.
Online condolences may be made at www.brownbutzdiedring.com