Glenn “bud” W. Cook Jr., 88, of Warren, Pennsylvania, passed away peacefully at his home with his daughter Kathleen at his side, Friday morning, April 14, 2023, after a brief illness.
He was born on February 14, 1935 in Warren, Pennsylvania. He was the son of Margaret Alsbaugh and Glenn W. Cook Sr., and had resided in the Warren District his entire life. Glenn was a 1954 graduate of Warren High School where he was an undefeated wrestler in 1954. He was inducted into the Wrestling Hall of Fame. A specialist third class and paratrooper, Glenn served the U.S. Army with Company A, 82nd Airborne Battalion, 505th Infantry, during the Korean War. While serving, he earned his Parachute Badge and also wrestled while serving in the US Army in Europe. He was invited to participate in the European Wrestling Championships with the 505th Infantry Team and ended up as the USAEUR Champion.
He worked at the former National Forge for 36 years, retiring in 1988, as a mill/group captain. After retiring, Glenn picked up “golf bug” He and Lucy would spend winters in Florida and South Carolina perfecting their game and “Go away, kids.” In 2018, Glenn had to have both legs amputated below the knee, and while he was never able to play golf again, he stunned his surgeon at the age of 83 by getting prostheses and learning to walk again. Everyone who knew him knew that he was a tough son of gun and word “Leave”It wasn’t in his vocabulary. Life gave a good fight!
He was a member of the United Covenant Methodist Church. He was a life member of the American Legion, Clarendon VFW and a member of the Sheffield Rod & Gun Club and Warren Eagles Club. Former member of the Jamestown War Vets, Jamestown Elks. Glenn loved hunting and fishing, especially trips with his father to Canada to hunt moose, which they did almost every year with different “friends.” He enjoyed teaching his son how to fish and fish growing up, taking his family on camping trips as well as some memorable vacations.
Glenn had 3 close friends that he had so much fun talking with, Bruce Eagle from Warren, PA, Bob Roselli from Clarendon, PA, and Denny Brown from Jamestown, NY Special thanks to Angie. (Beyond Woman) and Deep Yocha for keeping him in the western books and taking time out of your busy days to cheer him up, he always looked forward to seeing you two together.
He is survived by his three children, Mark Cook and his wife, Karan, Kathleen Cook, Diane Johnson and her husband, Dawn, all from Warren, Pennsylvania, Grandchildren – Kari Mihalko, Matthew Cook and his wife, Diana, Randy Cook, Daniel Day Husband, Daniel, Joshua Watson, and his wife, Davitt, and Emily Pastor, and her husband, Justin, and Colby Johnson, grandson-in-law, Jesse Lauffenberger, and eight great-grandchildren—Tyler Spear, Kylie Lauffenberger, Danny, Eliana, Laura Lynn, Charlotte Day, Finn Watson, and Weston Pastor.
In addition to his parents, he was preceded by his wife, who was the love of his life, Lucy Mazoni Cook, whom he married on July 28, 1958, in Jamestown, New York. They had 59 years of trials and tribulations and were married. Bliss, when she passed away on September 5, 2017, had not stopped missing her, her first sister – Dorothy Hanson, and her husband, John Curtis.
Friends may call at Donald E. Lewis Funeral Home, Inc., 304 East Street, Warren, PA. , Sunday, April 16, 2023, from 4-7 p.m., where the Funeral and Referral Services will take place on Monday, April 17, 2023, at 11:00 a.m. with Rev. Ralph Kolb, Pastor, Officiating. Full military honors will be given after the funeral by members of the Clarendon/Sheffield VFW and Warren American Legion Post 135 Funeral Details. Burial will be at Pine Grove Cemetery, Russell, Pennsylvania. Those who wish to place memorials may do so through the United Warren County Veterans Council, Warren County Courthouse, 204 Fourth Avenue, Warren, PA 16365. Condolences may be sent via email by visiting www.lewisfuneralhomeinc.com.