Charles W. Cook Sr.

May 19, 1927 – May 5, 2011

Charles W. Cook Sr., aka “Bill Cook,” a longtime Waukesha resident, died Thursday, May 5, 2011, at the age of 83. He was born May 19, 1927, in Menominee, Mich., the son of William C. “Carpy” and Clara (Selvik) Cook.

As a child, Bill enjoyed Scouting for many years, eventually achieving the rank of Eagle Scout. After high school, he proudly served his country in the U.S. Navy from 1945 to 1946. He later received a bachelor’s degree from Carroll College and a master’s degree from Syracuse University. He first worked as a high school guidance counselor for Appleton High School and was then dean of men at Carroll College for nine years. Bill then worked as a guidance counselor at Waukesha North High School for 10 years. He was a worldwide extensive traveler, and as an adventurous outdoorsman he enjoyed camping, sailing, skiing, swimming and canoeing, which he enjoyed sharing with his family. He loved attending the theater, symphonies and operas. Bill was a past member of the Golden Kiwanis in Waukesha and a longtime member of Southminster Presbyterian Church. He was very active in the Waukesha Civic Theatre.

He will be sadly missed by his children, Cathy Cook of Baltimore, Md., Charles (Sue Fiegel) Cook Jr. of Waukesha and Cameron (Jeannette Vasquez Vivar) Cook of Wauwatosa, along with his three grandchildren, Ian and Ryan Cook and Brian Cook. He is further survived by other relatives and friends.

He was preceded in death by his wife, Lila; his son, Willie; and his parents.
Visitation will be held from 1 p.m. until the 3 p.m. funeral service Saturday, May 7, at Randle-Dable Funeral Home, 1110 S. Grand Ave., Waukesha. The Rev. Joe Ripley will preside. Burial will be held at Riverside Cemetery in Menominee, Mich.

If desired, memorials are appreciated to the Waukesha Civic Theatre, 264 W. Main St., P.O. 221, Waukesha, WI 53187.

For further information, please call Randle-Dable Funeral, Cremation and Preplanning Services at 547-4035 or go to www.waukeshafunerals.com for directions or to leave the family an online tribute.