In memory of
VERNON COOK
In memory of
VERNON COOK
Vernon E. Cook II November 16, 1936 - October 12, 2020 NICHOLS HILLS Vernon E. Cook II died Oct. 12, 2020, at the Veterans Hospital following a COVID-19 illness at the age of 83. He was born Nov. 16, 1936, to Vernon E. Cook and Lelia Hahn Cook, both of whom are deceased. He attended Casady School, where he lettered in baseball and football, and in 1954, he was awarded the outstanding Senior Award. One year at Yale and then on to Oregon State University 1955-1959, where he was president of his fraternity, Beta Theta Pi, member of the National Scholastic Fraternity and was named outstanding Senior Man. From 1959-1962, he served in the military, retiring as Major in United States Marine Corps Reserve. Returning to Oklahoma, he joined the family business, Hahn-Cook/Street & Draper Funeral Home, where he was known throughout the city and state as a leader in the funeral business. He also worked for Oklahoma Medical Research Foundation, the Methodist Foundation and Putnam City School Foundation and was a Certified Fundraising Executive. During the last few years, Vernon traveled the state promoting fundraising. He was a gifted speaker. He held Board positions in Sunbeam Home, American Red Cross, OMRF, OKC Symphony, one of the Organizers of the Pops Concerts, Oklahoma Planned Giving Council, Seventy Five Club, National Society of Fundraising Executives, Chairman of Board at Western Oaks Christian Church for three terms, Elder one term and taught Life's Lessons Sunday School Class for 11 years. He is survived by Sandra Ille Cook, his wife of 43 years; one son, Bennett Cook and wife Mary Ellen, Dubuque, IA; one stepson, Jimmy Ille, and one stepdaughter, Judi McDown, both of Oklahoma City; grandsons, Elijah Cook, Christopher Hartman Ille, Mason McDown, and Mason Sharp; granddaughters, Evelyn Cook, Mikayla Sharp, and Tobi McDown, and family; and one brother, Edward H. Cook. Preceded in death by his son, George Cook; and son-in-law, Larry McDown. Vernon truly enjoyed the out-of-doors. He loved the mountains of Colorado and friends in Crested Butte, fishing in his rowboat at Lake Tenkiller and getting up very early in the morning. These memories will be forever special to family members and guests at the Lake. The family wishes to express sincere thanks to The Mansion at Waterford and Norman Veterans Center for their dedicated support during his stay … and listening to his Marine stories. Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, a Memorial Service will be held in the spring of 2021. The family requests memorials be made to the Vernon and George Cook Memorial Fund at Western Oaks Christian Church, 8100 NW 23rd St., OKC, OK 73127, and sincerely thank you for your caring, support and love and prayers.
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Hahn-Cook/Street & Draper Funeral Directors
6600 Broadway Extension
Oklahoma City, OK 731161298
In memory of
VERNON COOK
Vernon E. Cook II November 16, 1936 - October 12, 2020 NICHOLS HILLS Vernon E. Cook II died Oct. 12, 2020, at the Veterans Hospital following a COVID-19 illness at the age of 83. He was born Nov. 16, 1936, to Vernon E. Cook and Lelia Hahn Cook, both of whom are deceased. He attended Casady School, where he lettered in baseball and football, and in 1954, he was awarded the outstanding Senior Award. One year at Yale and then on to Oregon State University 1955-1959, where he was president of his fraternity, Beta Theta Pi, member of the National Scholastic Fraternity and was named outstanding Senior Man. From 1959-1962, he served in the military, retiring as Major in United States Marine Corps Reserve. Returning to Oklahoma, he joined the family business, Hahn-Cook/Street & Draper Funeral Home, where he was known throughout the city and state as a leader in the funeral business. He also worked for Oklahoma Medical Research Foundation, the Methodist Foundation and Putnam City School Foundation and was a Certified Fundraising Executive. During the last few years, Vernon traveled the state promoting fundraising. He was a gifted speaker. He held Board positions in Sunbeam Home, American Red Cross, OMRF, OKC Symphony, one of the Organizers of the Pops Concerts, Oklahoma Planned Giving Council, Seventy Five Club, National Society of Fundraising Executives, Chairman of Board at Western Oaks Christian Church for three terms, Elder one term and taught Life's Lessons Sunday School Class for 11 years. He is survived by Sandra Ille Cook, his wife of 43 years; one son, Bennett Cook and wife Mary Ellen, Dubuque, IA; one stepson, Jimmy Ille, and one stepdaughter, Judi McDown, both of Oklahoma City; grandsons, Elijah Cook, Christopher Hartman Ille, Mason McDown, and Mason Sharp; granddaughters, Evelyn Cook, Mikayla Sharp, and Tobi McDown, and family; and one brother, Edward H. Cook. Preceded in death by his son, George Cook; and son-in-law, Larry McDown. Vernon truly enjoyed the out-of-doors. He loved the mountains of Colorado and friends in Crested Butte, fishing in his rowboat at Lake Tenkiller and getting up very early in the morning. These memories will be forever special to family members and guests at the Lake. The family wishes to express sincere thanks to The Mansion at Waterford and Norman Veterans Center for their dedicated support during his stay … and listening to his Marine stories. Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, a Memorial Service will be held in the spring of 2021. The family requests memorials be made to the Vernon and George Cook Memorial Fund at Western Oaks Christian Church, 8100 NW 23rd St., OKC, OK 73127, and sincerely thank you for your caring, support and love and prayers.
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Hahn-Cook/Street & Draper Funeral Directors
6600 Broadway Extension
Oklahoma City, OK 731161298
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