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St. James Plaindealer - St. James, MN
  • Melvin “Mel” Cook

  • Melvin “Mel” Cook, age 82 of rural Comfrey, died at his home Friday, June 28, 2013.
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  • Melvin "Mel" Cook, age 82, of rural Comfrey, died on June 28, 2013, at his home. Visitation will be on Monday from 4 to 8 p.m. and will continue on Tuesday from 7:30 until 10 a.m. at the Church of the Japanese Martyrs, Leavenworth. Service will be held at the Church of the Japanese Martyrs, Leavenworth, on Tuesday, July 2, 2013 at 10:30 a.m. Interment will be at the Japanese Martyrs Catholic Cemetery, Leavenworth. Arrangements are with the Sturm Funeral Home in Sleepy Eye. On line condolences may be left for the family at www.sturmfh.com
    Mel was born on September 13, 1930 in Mulligan Township the son of George and Barbara (Nowak) Cook. He farmed on the home farm his entire life. He was a skilled carpenter and built most of the buildings on the farm site. Mel married Marie A. Windschitl on April 16, 1956 at Japanese Martyrs Church in Leavenworth. He was an active member of the Japanese Martyrs Church where he served on numerous boards. Mel was a member of the Amateur Baseball Hall of Fame inducted in 1987. He also was a member of the Board of Directors for Stark Farmers Mutual Insurance and an agent for 42 years, active member of Leavenworth Baseball Assoc, as a player, coach and board member since 1944. Mel played Western Minny Baseball out of Sleepy Eye from 1950-1958. He enjoyed traveling, sporting events, his children, grandchildren and great-grandchildren and morning coffee at Hardee's.
    He is survived by his children, Dawn (Dave) Nazarenus of New Richland, Denise (Jerry) Osborn of Madelia, Dora of rural Comfrey, Greg (Stacie) of North Mankato, Darla (Steve) Remus of Sleepy Eye, Danelle "Nellie" Wersal (special friend, Steve) of Clements, Rick (Laurie) of Springfield, Douglas (Melanie) of Springfield, Deanna "Annie" (Darren) Huisman of Rochester, Jason (Michelle) of Granite Falls; grandchildren and spouses, Kelly and Erik Rubottom, Tyler (Kayla) Nazarenus, Deidra "Dede" Osborn, John Osborn and special friend, Amanda Beto, Joshua, Shayla and Nicholas Cook, Sam (Jennifer) Remus, Vanessa Remus, Sydney and Karrah Remus, Kristen (Dominic) Facile, Dusten (Breana) Wersal, Ryan (Brittany) Cook, Alex, Taylor and Carter Cook, Jennifer and MaKenna Cook, Tessa and Anna Huisman and Sebastian Cook; great-grandchildren; Sonia and Fiona Rubottom, Alaina Beto and Tryis Korbin Osborn, Jackson and Maxwell Remus, Daveon, Kaylynn and Taliah Facile and Leah Wersal; brother, Donald "Duke" Cook of rural Comfrey; sister-in-laws, Marlene Windschitl of Sleepy Eye and Bernetta Windschitl of Cold Spring; brother-in-law, Pete (Lois) Windschitl of Comfrey; and many nieces, nephews and great nieces and nephews.
    He was preceded in death by his parents; wife, Marie in 2008; and sister, Della in 2000.

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