Thomas C. Cook

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414 E. Main Street New Washington OH 44854 8/10/2017 17:00:00

414 E. Main Street New Washington OH 44854 8/11/2017 11:00:00

Thomas C. Cook, 77, of Crestline OH, passed away on Monday August 7th, 2017 at the Galion Community Hospital. He was born on October 1, 1939 in Mansfield, Ohio to the late Charles F. and Eleanor (Brunk) Cook.
A 1957 Mansfield High School graduate; Graduate of The Ohio State University: Bachelor of Science in Education degree. Attended Bowling Green State University, University of Vermont, and Wayne State University: Master’s degree in Science Education.
Tom taught science and drivers education at Buckeye Central in New Washington for 36 years; where he was President of Buckeye Central Teachers Association, District Science Council, North Central Teacher’s Organization. In his retirement, Tom worked as a clerk at the Chatfield Hardware.
Tom was active in many community organizations: New Washington UMC, Appalachia Service Project, Humane Society of Crawford County, Crawford County Habitat for Humanity.
His hobbies included camping, traveling (visited all 50 States), doting on his family pets, building thoughtful gifts for family, following OSU sports (especially OSU football!) His most cherished past-time was enjoying his children and grandchildren.
Survived by his wife of 55 years, Lois (Lorenzen) Cook; children Karin (Mark) Kinkelaar of Cincinnati, OH, Sara (Richard Jr.) Gaines of New Castle, DE, Lynda (Marcus Hyppolite) of Forest Hills, NY. Nathan (Emily) Cook of Newark, OH; grandchildren, Alex, Zachary, Spencer, Kinkelaar, Isaiah and Avery Gaines, and Isabelle Hyppolite.
Visitation will be held 5pm-8pm, Thursday, August 10 at Secor Funeral Home in New Washington. Funeral Service will be held at 11am, Friday, August 11 with Pastor Becky Weamer officiating, family will receive guests one hour before service. Private Burial will be held at Mansfield Cemetery at a later date.
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Memorial contributions may be made to: Crestline Lions Club, Appalachia Service Project through UMC, any Habitat for Humanity, Buckeye Central Scholarship Fund, or Crawford County Humane Society.


Karen Lewis - Aug 10, 2018
please contact me as it is an urgent matter my condolensces
Kathy (Cole) Zaborowski - Aug 12, 2017

Lois, Karen,Sarah, Lynda and Nathan:
So sorry to hear of Mr. Cook’s passing. He was so influential on Buckeye Central Students from classroom teacher to student council advisor, science fair director, and driver’s education instructor. As a high school teacher myself, I understand the time and sacrifice it took for all those endeavors. Thank you for sharing him with students for so many years.

Eva Brunk - Aug 12, 2017

My deepest sympathies to the Cook family.

Brian Siesel - Aug 11, 2017

Karen – I am very sorry to hear of your Dad’s passing. I will keep this brief and hopefully we can chat in person once your sorrow subsides. I know it’s been a long time since we’ve talked but I’m not much for class reunions. Fortunately, the demands of career and raising three children continually presented a convenient excuse to “attend the next one.” My timing is not great but I wanted to let you know that I recently thought of your dad and his influence on my development – everything from my pursuing research at OSU to completing graduate studies to a career in pharmaceuticals. Berkeley is where I met my wife of 21 years and we just love California. In a way, he’s partly responsible for where I am today through his encouragement to pursue what others doubted I could do. I just wanted to let you know that his efforts, kind words, and support are appreciated and made a world of difference in who I am today. He will be missed and I hope you’re proud of what he stood for and know that he helped me to grow and become successful.
Thanks, Brian

Teresa Hendon - Aug 11, 2017

Dear Lois and family…I am so sorry to hear of Uncle Toms passing!! I want to extend to you and your family my deepest love and my sorrow. Please know that I am thinking of you and so much wish that I could be there to see all of you!! I love you Lois!!!! Take care of yourself Please!!!Teresa

Elaine (Kurtz) Germann - Aug 10, 2017

Lois and family, I really enjoyed biology because of Tom. Thanks for being a good neighbor to my parents Calvin and Wanda Kurtz. May God be with you at this time in your loss.

Kathy Green - Aug 10, 2017

My deepest sympathy to all of the Cook family. It is so hard to lose someone you love. Many years have passed, but I will always be grateful that as a Student Council Advisor, Tom encouraged all of us to give back to our community. I have continued doing that and urge my students to find ways to also give back and serve their school and community. I also have the “bicycle built for two” that Gary and I bought from Tom and Lois to ride in the 2nd Pelotonia in Columbus and will hopefully ride it again with one of my grandkids! I also remember many fun times babysitting for the “Cook Kids” and now they have their own kids! My deepest sympathy and Sweet Blessings on your family.

Tracy (Ehresman) Hiller - Aug 10, 2017

Lois and family, my deepest sympathy for all of you on the loss of Tom. I have many happy memories of our ASP trips with Tom as our fearless leader. Not to mention time in the classroom and drivers ed.

Gail Eckstein - Aug 10, 2017

Mrs.Cook and Family, I was saddened to hear of Mr. Cooks passing. Some of my best memories are of the two of you as our MYF leaders. Mr. Cook was a wonderful and good hearted example of how to treat others. Please except my deepest condolences.

Clay Family - Aug 10, 2017

Cook Family ,
Our thoughts and prayers are with you during this difficult time. Mr. Cook was truly a very special person and made a huge impact on many students at Buckeye Central.
Jeremy and Amy Clay

Chad Cole - Aug 10, 2017

I have very fond memories of Mr. Cook. I’m especially thankful for a very thoughtful gesture of his, when he gave me an educational video tape that ended up really sparking my interest in food science, which I decided to major in and make a career out of. My sincere condolences, and may he Rest In Peace.

Bob Laipply - Aug 9, 2017

Dear Karin and family, I am so sorry to hear of Tom’s passing and I wish to extend my condolences. I met Tom during my first year of teaching at Chatfield and considered him a friend and mentor. Our paths did not cross as often as I would have liked but when they did, I enjoyed reminiscing about our teaching careers as well as marveling at how times change. Tom was a gentleman in every sense of the word. A loving husband, father, grandfather, and friend. My world was better for having known him.
Bob Laipply

Gene & Sharon Moore - Aug 9, 2017

Lois and family – so sorry to hear about Tom’s passing – thought of him often. We will have many-many fond memories of Tom for the rest of our lives, as a friend and co-worker at Buckeye Central HS. He is at peace now – life no longer a struggle. Our thoughts and prayers are with you! Gene and Sharon

Dan and Kim Carrothers - Aug 9, 2017

Our deepest sympathies to Mark, Karen and family. We were saddened by the news and wish you comfort in knowing he was deeply loved.

Kelly Treadway - Aug 9, 2017

I am still so surprised that Tom past away. I enjoyed taking care of him at Crestline Nursing Home. He was a delight to take care of. I loved his many moods, and his smile. I will miss his sarcastic remarks has soon has I walk into work. I am very honored and happy I got to meet him and his family and wife Lois. My deepest sympathy thoughts and prayers for you all. He will be greatly and deeply missed.

Ellen (Mickley) Bratton - Aug 8, 2017

Lois and family,
I would like to express my condolences for the loss of your husband, father and grandfather – Tom Cook. Please know that I am thinking of you and his family!
I wish I could be there to express my sorrow in person and to see how your family has grown but the distance prevents me from attending.
Please accept my condolences.
Sincerely – Ellen Bratton

Mike Mihalick - Aug 8, 2017

Tom and I were good friends for 58 years. We enjoyed hanging out after school and many adventures with the Mansfield Senior High Band. Zona and I will miss him very much.