J. Michael “Mike” Cook
OZARK, Ill. — J. Michael “Mike” Cook, 57, a resident of rural Ozark, Illinois, passed away Thursday morning, June 20, 2013, at 2:01 a.m. at Baptist Health Paducah in Paducah, Kentucky.
Mike was born October 23, 1955, in Greenville, Kentucky. He was the son of James Walter “Jimmy” and Nola Mae (Bivin) Cook.
Mike was united in marriage to Louise J. (McGee) on May 15, 1977, in Murray, Kentucky. She survives.
In addition to his wife, Mike is survived by his children, Adam Michael Cook of Houston, Texas, and Rachel Louise Cook of Carbondale, Ill.; a sister, Ettie (Joey) Parker of Burns, Tenn.; his aunt, Lola Rhea Cook of Central City, Ky.; a double first cousin, Felecia (Steve) Campbell of Sacramento, Ky.; and a host of nieces, nephews, in-laws, other relatives and many dear friends.
He was preceded in death by his parents.
Mike was a 1973 graduate of Muhlenberg Central High School. He received his Bachelor Degree in Accounting from Murray State University in 1977. Mike has been employed as an accountant for Westlake Chemical in Calvert City, Ky., since 1977. Mike also had a love of the land and enjoyed raising horses, cattle, and other livestock on his farm near Ozark. Mike enjoyed training horses and was a member of the mule riders association. He also made hand forged custom knives. Mike was a devoted family man. He was a caring, compassionate, and an excellent husband, father, brother and friend.
Funeral services will be held Sunday afternoon, June 23, 2013, at 2 p.m. at Bailey Funeral Home in Vienna.
Interment will be in the Cherry Grove Church of Christ Cemetery in the Weir community in Muhlenberg County, Kentucky.
Visitation will be from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m. Saturday, June 22, 2013, at Bailey Funeral Home in Vienna.
Contributions may be made to a memorial fund for the purpose of historic preservation and may be left in care of Bailey Funeral Home, P.O. Box 695, Vienna, IL 62995.
To share a memory of Mike or to leave an online message of condolence for his family, please visit www.baileyfh.com.