|John William Cook
April 20, 1940–November 19, 2014
|John W. Cook, age 74, died Wednesday, November 19, 2014 at the Dennis and Donna Oldorf Hospice House, Hiawatha following an extended illness.
Funeral services were held Monday morning, November 24, 2014 at Sacred Heart Catholic Church, Monticello with interment in the Oakwood Cemetery with Military Honors. Friends called from 2 until 6 Sunday at the Goettsch Funeral Home, Monticello, where a parish Vigil Service was held at 2:00.
Surviving are his wife of 50 years, Rose; four children, Victor (Marcia) Kray, Monticello, Stephanie (Patrick) Donaldson, Atlanta, Georgia, Johnny (Patrice) Cook, Dubuque, Travis (Janeen) Cook, Cedar Rapids, a son-in-law, Scott Breslow, Atlanta, Georgia; ten grandchildren, Parker Kray, Erika, Krystal, Cole Donaldson, Micaela, Corina and Hannah Cook, Alyssa Chapman, Samantha Breslow, Tanner Fellinger; and two great-grandchildren, Kevin and Elliot Chapman; his siblings, Elizabeth Heims, Shirley (Gary) Toenjes both of Anamosa, Leo (Janet) Cook and Stanley (Roberta) Cook, both of Monticello. He was preceded in death by his parents, and a daughter, Ginny Breslow in August 2001.
John William Cook was born April 20, 1940 at Urbana, Iowa. He was the son of Martin and Bernita (Takes) Cook. He graduated from the Buck Creek Consolidated Schools in 1958. John joined the Iowa National Guard and was a member of the 234th Signal Battalion, achieving the rank of Sergeant. He married Rose Rieniets Kray on October 16, 1964 at Independence, Iowa.
John is best known for his long career in law enforcement. He was a graduate of the Iowa Law Enforcement Academy in Des Moines. John worked as an officer in Monticello until becoming Police Chief in 1968. He served as Police Chief for seven and one half years, then was elected as Jones County Sheriff in 1976. John was elected for five terms, serving twenty years as Sheriff of Jones County. In retirement he worked as a youth counselor for Four Oaks.
John served on many boards and committees including Civil Defense, Crime Commission, Communication Commission, the Hoover Health Council and Monticello Ambulance Director.
John loved his family, and taking great care of their acreage west of Monticello before moving into town. He enjoyed visiting the casinos, watching football, and spending time with his wife Rose. John's extended career in law enforcement touched many lives. He loved helping others and had great pride in his community and country.
Submitted by: Janet A. Brandt
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