|John G. Cooklin|
|August 17, 1931 - August 16, 2010|
|Rock Island, Illinois|
|Memorial Service: 3:00 p.m. Thursday August 19, 2010 at Good Shepherd Presbyterian Church, 2312 18th Ave., Rock Island, Ill.|
|Visitation: 4:00 to 7:00 p.m. Wednesday August 18, 2010 at Wheelan-Pressly Funeral Home, 3030 7th Ave., Rock Island, Ill.|
|John G. Cooklin, 78, of Rock Island, died Monday, August 16, 2010 at Trinity Rock Island.|
A memorial service will be 3:00 p.m. on Thursday at Good Shepherd Presbyterian Church, 2312 18th Ave., Rock Island. Visitation is 4 to 7 p.m. today at the Wheelan-Pressly Funeral Home, 3030 7th Ave., Rock Island. Memorials may be made to the American Diabetes Association or to the American Heart Association.
John was born on August 17, 1931 in Wisconsin. He was raised and educated in Columbus City, Iowa. He married Mildred Watts in 1951 in Blue Grass. She died in 1988. John married Marlyce J. Forsyth Seal in 1994 in Boulder, Colo.
He retired from John Deere Plow/Planter Works, Moline in 1985, where he was a technical writer and illustrator. John previously worked for D.R. Light, Moline and for the Rock Island Lines, where he was wire chief.
He was a member of Good Shepherd Presbyterian Church, Rock Island and formerly Memorial Heights United Methodist Church, Rock Island, where he sang in the choir and was a member of the Menís Club. John was also a member of the Golden K Kiwanis Club, Rock Island; and was a past president and former club secretary. He enjoyed singing and was a member of the Bend of the River Chorus of the Quad Cities and the Heartland Harmony Chorus of Muscatine. John also sang in several barbershop quartets, was a former Rock Island Elks Club member and had coached Rock Island girlsí softball and Rock Island Babe Ruth baseball. He enjoyed reading and storytelling.
Survivors include his wife, Marlyce; sons and daughters-in-law, Rick and Connie Cooklin, Hollister, Calif. and David and Martha Cooklin, Franklin Park, Ill.; daughter and son-in-law, Kathleen and Mark Mann, Frederick, Colo.; step-children, Terry Stratton, Rancho Mirage, Calif., Christa Stratton and her husband, John, Bloomfield, Colo., and LeAnn Dawson and her husband, Ed, Longmont, Colo.; 12 grandchildren; and a great granddaughter. He was preceded in death by his parents and first wife, Mildred.
I had the pleasure of knowing John just a few short months. He was a sweet man, and he sure did like to tell stories! I'm sure he will be missed by all those he touched.
-- Antoinette Pinault Lambert
I attended cardio-rehab. I am sorry to hear that John has died. May God be with you. Gwen
-- Gwendolyn Blaid
I love you and miss you! My folks called today and told me the news. I am so sad to hear about your dad.
Your dad was funny and sweet and we all liked him so much!
You are all in our thoughts and prayers, I'm hugging you from Minnesota.
-- Karin Weigel - Robinson
I knew John for a short while. I knew him thru his first wife's family. And I knew him when he led our choir in Pleasant Prairie, Ia. With his help with the choir, we built up quite a following at that church. We were all high schoolers, but the best choir around, because of his leadership! Bless his soul and God's graces on the family.
-- Sandra (Hunt) Ludwig
Uncle Rick & Family,
Our thoughts & prayers are with you all during this very sad time. Grandpa John was a very sweet person & he will be greatly missed. We are here for you if you need anything.
-- Sexton Family
Knew John since the mid 60's, golfed with him, sang in many quartets with him, John would sing at the drop of a hat. He was fun to barbershop with, I will miss him. My prayers go out to his family, He was a good man.
-- Dennis F Longlett
We always enjoyed visiting with John during interclubs and other Kiwanis events. Our members especially enjoyed listening to his stories, jokes & poems. You are in our thoughts and prayers. From the Aledo Kiwanis Club
-- Louise Johnson
I knew John thru the Watts family. I wentto school with Carol. And also because he volunteered to lead our choir, in Pleasant Prairie, Ia. Our choir was all high schoolers! We had an anthem every Sunday.It brought a lot of folks into the church. He was great with us and we all enjoyed his talent.
-- Sandra (Hunt) Ludwig
Sorry to hear of John's passing.My condolences to your entire family.
I have some wonderful memories of great times our families spent together. Drew Newton
-- Drew Newton
Cookie and Family - Sorry to hear of your Dad's passing. We were all certainly very fortunate to have good guys like your Dad coaching us and driving us all over the State to play ball. Take care.
-- Tom Murrens
My friend, Marlyce and family. I was sorry to read about the death of your husband, John and I'm sending hugs from Muscatine along with my sympathy and prayers. Joyce Lettenberger
-- Joyce Lettenberger