Gene F. Cook

April 19, 1931 - Sept. 8, 2007

Gene F. Cook, 76, of Marshfield, died Saturday, Sept. 8, 2007, in palliative care at St. Joseph’s Hospital in Marshfield.

Gene Francis Cook was born April 19, 1931, in Hammond, to Harold and Beth (Pratt) Cook. He was raised and educated in Loyal, graduating from Loyal High School in 1949. Gene was drafted into the U.S. Army and served his country from 1951 to 1953, devoting 18 months of duty to service in Korea. He was united in marriage to Janet Rottjer on Oct. 10, 1953, at the United Methodist Church in Loyal. Gene attended the University of Wisconsin-Whitewater, graduating with a bachelor of science degree in business education in 1959. He taught school in Edgerton until moving to Waukesha in 1960. Gene was employed at Waukesha County Technical College and also attended the University of Wisconsin-Madison, where he earned his master of science degree in 1969. He remained at WCTC for 31 years until his retirement, as dean of the Business Division, in 1991. Gene spent his retirement at Lake Camelot, in the town of Rome, and moved in 2004 to Marshfield to be closer to family.

Gene was very active in several state professional organizations, promoting and supporting vocational, technical and adult education. He volunteered as a tutor in the Basic Adult Education Program at Mid-State Technical College in Wisconsin Rapids and in the Reading Buddy program at Pineland Elementary School in Friendship. Gene also contributed many volunteer hours to his church, Woodland Lutheran Church, and served on the water utility board in the town of Rome. He became an accomplished watercolor artist and enjoyed stained glass creations. Gene loved to travel and to spend time at their home at Lake Camelot, waterskiing, fishing and entertaining friends and family.

Gene will be sadly missed by his wife, Janet of Marshfield; two children, Joel (Elizabeth) of Ripon and Jon (partner Eric Boardsen) of Columbus, Ohio; two grandchildren, Lauren and Hunter; his mother, Beth Cook-Marvin of Loyal; four brothers, Roy (Darlene) Cook of Marshfield, Larry (Alice) Cook of Loyal, Lee (Carol) Cook of Lyndon Station and Dennis (Ruth) Cook of Loyal; and many nieces, nephews, other relatives and friends.

He was preceded in death by his father; step-father, Harry Marvin; and one sister, Fern Alan.

Visitation will be held from 10 a.m. until noon Saturday, Sept. 22, at Faith Lutheran Church in Marshfield. A memorial service will be held at noon with the Rev. Trisha Turner officiating. Gene’s cremains will rest at the Loyal Cemetery in Loyal.

Gene’s family truly appreciates the love, care and concern of the doctors and staff of the eighth floor cancer care, palliative care and chemotherapy at St. Joseph’s Hospital and Marshfield Clinic.

In lieu of flowers, Gene’s family requests that memorials be given to WCTC, for a scholarship fund that will be set up at a later date.

Cuddie Funeral Home of Loyal, (715) 255-8171, is assisting the family with arrangements.