Earl Cooke

Earle Cooke, born December 9, 1941, two days after Pearl Harbor, passed on Thursday, March 26, 2015 of mesothelioma. Earle wanted to encourage any former Navy man or mechanic who has shortness of breath to get themselves checked out ASAP.

Earle was preceded in death by his parents William Henry Wade Cooke and Ella Mae Parks; and two sisters, Lillian, and Ethel.

He is survived by his wife of 37 years, Marianne; sons, Bryan (Linda), Bryce (Bridget); daughter, Amy (Terry); sister-in-law, Charla (Mike); four grandchildren; also nieces and nephews.

Earle was an avid antique tractor restorer and puller who enjoyed the “putt putt” of John Deere tractors; he enjoyed hunting and fishing all at his home in Baldwin.

Earle retired from Sears after 40 years of service. Earle then went to work at Webber Township in Baldwin as maintenance supervisor, a job he enjoyed for about five years. He was a Knight of Columbus, a life member of the VFW and Amvets.

Mass of Christian Burial was celebrated at St. Thomas the Apostle, Grand Rapids. Interment was at Resurrection Cemetery.

A Memorial Service will be held at St. Ann’s Catholic Church, 740 East Ninth Street, Baldwin on Friday, April 10 at 11 a.m. Memorial contributions may be made to St. Ann Food Pantry, PO Box 729, Baldwin, MI 49304.