GALIEN — Howard Martin Cook, 88, of Galien, passed away peacefully Thursday, April 1, 2021, in his home, with his family by his side.

His life began July 10, 1932 in Nauvoo, Alabama to Edward and Gemima Cook. He married Mabel “Ruth” Hamilton on October 11, 1951 in Richmond, Indiana.

Howard was a loving, devoted husband, father, and provider for his family. He cherished spending time with his grandchildren. He was a hard worker, excellent welder, and mentor, always completing one project after another. He was well known as “Cookie” to his coworkers. In his younger years, he enjoyed fishing and hunting. After retirement, he enjoyed farming and taking care of his cows.

Howard will be greatly missed by family and friends. He is survived by his wife of sixty-nine years, Ruth Cook of Galien; four children, Brenda (Terry) Rowell of Mississippi, Marty (Vanessa) Cook of North Judson, Indiana, Ina (Steve) Carr of Galien, David Cook of Galien; eight grandchildren, Clint (Joni) Rowell of Mississippi, Matt (Pam) Cook of Mill Creek, Indiana, Mark (Kimberly) Cook, Luke Cook, both of North Judson, Indiana, Elicia (Nathan) Lunsford of Monterey, Indiana, Shane Carr, Caleb (Becky) Carr, both of Galien, Georgia Cook of Sudbury, Massachusetts; fourteen great grandchildren, Hannah, Bryson, Sarah, Owen, Robbie, Avonlea, Gavin, Isabella, Malia, Brooks, Caroline, Lyla, Cade, Charlotte; great great grandchildren, Kaylee, Mark; and several extended family members.

Family and friends will gather Saturday, April 10, 2021, from 1:00 p.m. until time of service at 2:00 p.m. in Pobocik Chapel Wagner Family Funerals, 106 Ash Street East, Three Oaks.

Mr. Cook will be laid to rest in Oak Grove Cemetery, Mill Creek, Indiana.

The family prefers contributions in Howard’s memory be made to Caring Circle Hospice, 4025 Health Park Lane, St. Joseph, Michigan 49085, or to the Lewy Body Dementia Association, 912 Killian Hill Road Southwest, Lilburn, Georgia 30047 or online at

Arrangements have been entrusted to Pobocik Chapel Wagner Family Funerals, Three Oaks. Please share a memory or a message online:

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