URBANA – Elmer W. Cook, 91, passed away at 10:30 a.m. Thursday (Nov. 29, 2012) at the Veterans Affairs Illiana Health Care System in Danville.
A visitation will be held from 1 to 2 p.m. Monday, Dec. 3, at Renner-Wikoff Chapel and Crematory, 1900 S. Philo Road, Urbana. Following the visitation will be a graveside service at 2:30 p.m. at Woodlawn Cemetery, Urbana. Pastor Rich Gregory will officiate.
Mr. Cook was born March 2, 1921, in Urbana to parents Jess and Cora Mae (Clark) Cook. He married Zoe Ann Thompson on March 16, 1941, in Maplewood, Mo. She preceded him in death on July 17, 2007.
Survivors include one son, David Cook, of St. Joseph; two daughters, Carleen Flannigan of Fort Worth, Texas, and Cecelea Gaul of Garland, Texas; seven grandchildren; seven great-grandchildren; and one great-great-grandchild. Elmer was preceded in death by his parents, one sister and two brothers.
A few years after marrying his beloved wife, Zoe, Elmer enlisted in the United States Navy to serve during World War II. After serving his country, he continued his work at The News-Gazette as a printer, where he worked for more than 47 years. After retiring, he pursued his interests, which included bowling, fishing and spending time at his cabin on the Salt Fork River, near Homer.
Mr. Cook attended Pennsylvania Avenue Baptist Church in Urbana. He was also a 52-year member of the V.F.W. and the Champaign-Urbana Typographical Union No. 444.
In lieu of other expressions of sympathy, memorial contributions may be made to the Champaign County Humane Society at https://www.cuhumane.org/Donate/MakeaDonation.aspx. Condolences may be offered online at www.renner-wikoffchapel.com.