We Live in Hearts We
Leave Behind ~ Thomas Campbell
Funeral services will be Monday, March 7, 2011 for 97 year old Frank Cook of Chester, IL who passed away Thursday, March 3, 2011 at St. Annís Healthcare Center in Chester, IL.
Frank was born September 30, 1913 in Macedonia, IL, the son of Arlie and Kate (Williams) Cook. He married Lavern Falkenheim on December 1, 1933 in Waterloo, IL and she preceded him in death on February 8, 2000.
He had worked as a guard at Menard Correctional Center in Chester. During WWII, he went to be a guard at an Ammunition Plant in Joliet, Illinois. Then for most of his career, he managed and operated the Texaco Station in Chester for 35 years. He also served many years as the Randolph County General Assistance Administrator.
Frank was very active in the Democratic Party. He was a longtime Chester Democratic Precinct committeeman for Chester Precinct # 2. He served on Chester City Council as Alderman of Chester Ward 2 for 24 years from May 1, 1975 to April 30, 1999. While on the City Council, he served as Chairman of the Streets & Alleys Committee, Finance Committee and Fire Department Committee. Frank was involved in all construction projects during his years as Alderman including the construction of the Chester Sewer Plant, Chester Water Plant, Cohen Recreation Complex, Chester High School Mini-Park, Segar Park and the Gazebo Park. He was very active and dedicated in his work as Chester Alderman, used his knowledge and available time to serve the city. Frank and his wife were very active in politics at the city, county, state and national level.
Survivors include his daughter in law, Carole Cook of Chester, IL. Two grandchildren, four great grandchildren and two great-great grandchildren also survive.
He was preceded in death by his parents, wife, one son and one brother.
Visitation will be from 5pm to 7pm Sunday, March 6, 2011 and from 7:30am until 11am Monday, March 7, 2011 at the Pechacek-McClure Funeral Home in Chester, IL.
Funeral service for Frank Cook will be at 11am Monday, March 7, 2011 at the Pechacek-McClure Funeral Home in Chester, IL with Rev. Marvin "Bud" Bennett and Rev. Cecil Dunning officiating.
Burial will be in the Evergreen Cemetery in Chester, IL.
Memorials can be made to the City of Chester or to the First Presbyterian Church in Chester, IL.