Thomas L. Cooke
                           February 16, 1944 ~ January 8, 2018

Thomas L. Cooke, 73, of Wolcottville, died at 9:32 pm on Monday,  at
his residence. His death was unexpected and due to natural causes.  
He was born on February 16, 1944 in San Diego, CA, to Robert and
Betty Jane (Franco) Cooke.  On June 30, 1969 in Lake County he
married Bettye Jo Farris; she survives. Survivors in addition to his
wife are daughter, Veronica (Shank) Cooke of Wolcottville; seven
grandchildren, Isabella, Cheyenne, Josephine, Adrianna, Chance,
Journey, Catch; five great-grandchildren, Chloie, Lylibeth, Riley,
Roselynn, Jaxson. He was preceded in death by his parents,
grandchild, Lacoste, sister, Terry Blaydes, brother, Robert Cooke. He
touched so many as a US Navy man, the mechanic at the Arco until
1985, the tow truck pull out guy, a fireman, a town of Middlebury &
Shipshewana employee, President of the Red Knights Motorcycle
Club, an American Legion Post # 210 member who was active on
Fridays cooking fish with those riders, a man handing out free food in
Antarctica weather off the food truck every week to those in need, an
Autopark employee, a 73yrs old who had a heart for all children and
worked as a crossing guard. He especially loved spending time with
his grandchildren and great grandchildren. Visitation will be from 2:00
- 7:00 pm on Friday January 12, followed by a funeral service at 7:00
pm at Miller-Stewart Funeral Home, 1003 South Main Street
Middlebury. Services will be conducted by Pastor Ron Russell with
Military Honors by the American Legion Post #210. There will also be
a service celebrating Tom’s life at the American Legion Post #210 at a
later date. His final resting place will be in  Grace Lawn Cemetery,
Middlebury at a later date. Memorials may be given to Community
Harvest or Riley Children’s Hospital Burn Unit. Online condolences
may be sent at millerstewartfuneralhome com.

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Our deepest sympathy for Bettye and her family. Tom was a great
family man and was a real man's man! Patty and I will greatly miss him.
From: Charlie & Patty Hostetler  
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All our love and Prayers
From: Pappy and Kathy and family
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Sorry for your loss Bettye, I'm sure He will be missed.
From: Dennis Schlabach & Julie Brown
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So sorry for your loss of this bigger than life guy. Tom certainly left
his mark with whomever he met.
From: Pat Bennett  Frick
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Our prayers for the family
From: Jack and Sherry Shank
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So sorry for your loss.
From: Len Judt
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Bettye, Margie told me about Tom's passing and I just want to let you
know how sorry I am. My prayers are with you.
From: Susan Troyer
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Bettye, we hope you kicked Tom's butt for leaving you, we know its
not fair. We had planned to be there Friday evening but this weather
may keep us away.Let us know when the Celebration will be at
American Legion. We would be proud to ride in a Motorcycle escort if
burial is at that time. All Our Love we will be in contact later when
there is time to share our memories. Love ya Bettye
From: Tank & Harriet