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Richard Cook

PRINCETON — Richard J. Cook, 91, of Princeton passed away at 4:26 a.m. Sunday, Aug. 3, 2014, at Liberty Village of Princeton.

Born May 18, 1923, in Princeton to Joel and Pauline (Hassler) Cook, he married Joyce E. Schultz Aug. 15, 1948, in Princeton. She died Nov. 25, 2004.

He was a 1942 graduate of Princeton High School. He worked as a supervisor at Jostens, retiring in 1996.

He was a member of the First Lutheran Church in Princeton and was active in Boy Scouts. He served in the U.S. Navy as a seaman first class during World War II.

Surviving are five daughters, Diane (Norlyn) McCormick of Yates City, Carol (Glen) Cooley of Griggsville, Jody (Richard) Hildebrand of Princeton, Laura (Michael) Atkinson of Walnut and Phyllis (Dennis) Miller of Princeton; two sons, Richard J. (Betty) Cook II of Princeton and Eldon (Kathleen) Cook of Walnut; 17 grandchildren, Joel (Lisa) McCormick, Jessica (Grant) Lewis, Alysia Cooley, Richard Cooley, Chandra (Alex) Knight, Blake Hildebrand, Anthony Atkinson, Eliza Atkinson, Audra, Julie and Rachel Miller, Emily Timmons, Katie Timmons, Carina (Brian) Gonet, Gabriel Cook, Regan Cook and Titus Cook; five great-grandchildren, John Lewis, Caleb Lewis, Lily McCormick, Jane McCormick and Vernon Gonet; one sister-in-law, Jean Schwingle of Mendota; and several nieces and nephews.

He was preceded in death by his parents; his wife; two brothers, Elmer and LeRoy Cook; and two sisters, Alta and Dorothy Cook.

Services will be at 10 a.m. Friday, Aug. 8, at the First Lutheran Church in Princeton with Pastor Norman Femrite officiating. Burial will be in Oakland Cemetery, Princeton, with military rites accorded by Princeton American Legion Post 125.

Visitation will be from 5 to 8 p.m. Thursday, Aug. 7, at the church.

Pallbearers will be: Joel McCormick, Grant Lewis, Richard Cooley, Alex Knight, Anthony Atkinson, Blake Hildebrand, Gabriel Cook, Titus Cook and Brian Gonet.

Memorials may be directed to the First Lutheran Church in Princeton.

The Grant-Johnson Funeral Home in Princeton is in charge of arrangements. Online condolences may be left at www.grant-johnsonfh.com.

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