Lyle Cook, of rural Mora, formerly of St. Paul, passed away on Sunday, September 12, 2010 at this home. He was 83 years old.
A FUNERAL SERVICE will be held at 11:00 am on Thursday, September 16 ,2010 at Zion Lutheran Church with Rev. Coop presiding.
VISITATION will be from 5-7pm on Wednesday, September 15th at the Akkerman Ingebrand Funeral home and 1 hour prior to the service on Thursday ast church.
INTERMENT will be in the Oakwood Cemetery of Mora.
Lyle Alanson Cook, of rural Mora, passed on Sunday, September 12, 2010 at his home surrounded by his family. He was 83 years old.
Lyle was born on December 7, 1926 in Rako, Minnesota to parents Roy and Ethel (Lukenbill) Cook . As a child the family moved around a lot, staying mainly in northern Minnesota. As a young adult, Lyle worked in the logging camps cutting wood. At 19, Lyle joined the Army Air Force where he trained to be a gunner and later, after the war, learned to repair radar equipment. After his discharge, Lyle worked several odd jobs, but found his place at Armor Meats, where he worked in the smokehouse for the next 28 years.
In 1953 Lyle was united in marriage to Eunice Messenbrink in St. Paul, Minnesota. To this union five children were born, Richard, Dennis, Sandy, Linda, and Connie. Together the family lived in St. Paul until Lyle retired when the Armor plant closed, and the family moved to the Mora area in 1979. Lyle began working for Blue Water Yachts in Mora, retiring again after 10 years. In January of 1984, Lyle’s wife of 32 years, Eunice and daughter Connie were killed in a tragic car accident. Several years later, Lyle meet Lois Odean Tilman and the couple were married in June of 1988 at Zion Lutheran Church in Mora.
Lyle loved the outdoors. He enjoyed hunting, fishing, and camping. He also enjoyed traveling, especially to Washington state and Arizona. Lyle loved to feed and watch the many birds that came to his feeders. He was an avid Twins fan. Most of all Lyle was a tinkerer. He loved to fix things through new and inventive ways. Lyle loved to visit with friends and spend time with his family. He will be dearly missed.
Lyle is preceded in death by his parents, first wife Eunice, daughter Connie, son Dennis, brothers Alan and Wendell, grandson Brian, sisters Wanda (Cal) Rogne, Thelma “Sally” (Bud) Christiansen, Arlys (Dave) Campbell, Neva Mcquade, and Zona (Norman) Hewitt.
He is survived by his wife Lois, son Richard (Sharon) Cook of St. Paul, daughters Sandy (Mark) Games of Milwaukee, WI, and Linda (Craig) Eichhorn of Georgia; step-children Jodie (Tim) Billstrom of Mora, Todd (Mary) Tilberg of South Dakota, and Trevis (Deb) Tilberg of Jordan; brother Leeland (Jeanette) Cook of St. Paul; sister Rita (Erving) Campbell of Mora; 22 grandchildren, 24 great grandchildren; many nieces, nephews, other relatives, and friends.
A Funeral Service was held on Thursday, September 16, 2010 at Zion Lutheran Church of Mora with Rev. Gregory Coop presiding. Casket bearers were Jaysen Cook, Jason Walen, Josh Walen, Tim Tilberg, Dan Larsen, and Chris Tilberg. Honorary Casket bearer was Brian Games. Interment was in the Oakwood Cemetery of Mora.