Richard ‘Dick’ Cook


Richard “Dick” Cook, 90, of Shawano, passed away Wednesday, Dec. 4, 2019, at his residence. Richard was born April 6, 1929, in Rochester, Indiana, to the late Harry and Bertha (Wolf) Cook. He graduated from Rochester High School.

Dick went on to proudly serve his country in the United States Army from 1950-1952 and was stationed in Okinawa, Japan. Most recently, Dick had the privilege of being a participant in the Wisconsin Honor Flight.

On Nov. 24, 1950, Dick married Barbara Durch. Barbara preceded him in death in 1982. On July 14, 1984, Dick was united in marriage to Deiadra “Dee Dee” Peterson. Dick worked as a manager for Schultz Brothers for 47 years and for Prange Way for three years until his retirement in 1991. He was involved in his community with the Shawano-Gresham School Board for nine years and a supervisor on the Shawano County Board for eight years. Dick was honored in Hobart, Indiana, having received the Distinguished Citizen of the Year Award in 1997. He enjoyed being active in the outdoors by golfing and downhill skiing.

Dick is survived by his wife, Dee Dee; his children, David (Anne) Cook, Susan (Mike) Brown, Robert (Julie) Cook, Dawn (Ken) Tucker, George (Julie) Neubauer and William (Shelli) Neubauer; 10 grandchildren and three great-grandchildren. He is further survived by nieces, nephews, other relatives and friends.

He was preceded in death by his parents, Harry and Bertha; his first wife, Barbara; and three sisters.

A memorial service for Dick will be held at 11 a.m. Saturday, Dec. 28, 2019, at Swedberg Funeral Home in Shawano, with Deacon James Lonick officiating. Military rites will be held by the Shawano American Legion following services. Burial will be in Woodlawn Cemetery at a later date. Visitation will be held Saturday at the funeral home from 9:30 a.m. until the time of service. In honor of Dick’s favorite color, please wear red. In lieu of flowers, please make donations to the American Legion Wisconsin Honor Flight.

The family would like to extend a special thank you to ThedaCare Hospice for the wonderful care given to Dick, especially Katie and Roxann.