COLUMBIANA - Private graveside services were held Sunday at Midway Mennonite Cemetery in Columbiana with Pastor Sean Myers officiating for William E. Cook, 80, of Columbiana, who passed away Thursday evening following a brief illness.
William was born on Nov. 29, 1931, in Youngstown, the son of Joseph and Sarah (Seaton) Cook, and was a lifelong area resident.
A 1951 graduate of Howland High School, William also attended the University of Southern California in Berkley and Youngstown State University.
He enlisted in the U.S. Army to fight in the Korean Conflict, in which he served from Jan. 4, 1952, to Dec. 12, 1953. William was a recipient of the National Defense Service Medal and the Korean Service Medal.
William worked in Quality Control at Packard Electric GM in Warren for 34 years, retiring in 1984.
He was a member of the Jerusalem Lutheran Church in Columbiana, American Legion Post 290 in Columbiana, the Mahoning Historical Society and the Columbiana-Fairfield Historical Society.
In his spare time, he loved oil painting, traveling and sports.
William leaves to cherish his precious memory, his wife, Joann (Forney) Cook, whom he married on June 7, 1958; his wonderful nieces and nephews; and several great-nieces and great-nephews.
Besides his parents, William was preceded in death by two sisters, Elizabeth Ann and Grace Margaret; and his brother, Joseph Charles.
The family has entrusted the care of the Seederly-Mong & Beck Funeral Home in Columbiana with the arrangements.
As per William's wishes, in lieu of flowers or memorial contributions, the family suggests you do a random act of kindness for a stranger.
Family and friends are invited to visit www.seederly-mongandbeck.com to sign the guest book or to send private condolences.