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“Dearest Cook family. As dear friends- kinda like family, after all the HS days & sports. You are all very loved and in our prayers. May you find...Read More »
1 of 13 | Posted by: Lisa Warner - Delton, MI - Friend

“Dad, you were my hero! I'll never forget all the times we sat and talked after my football games in high school and college and I always played...Read More »
2 of 13 | Posted by: Cliff Cook - Father

“My brother was my hero. I always looked up to him with respect and admiration. I will miss him. ”
3 of 13 | Posted by: Rick Floyd - Chattanooga, TN

“Dear Mary Ann & family, so sorry to hear of Chuck's passing. It was a real blessing, Mary Ann, that you found your soul mate and had a long and happy...Read More »
4 of 13 | Posted by: Phil and Sharon Madarasz - FL

“Chuck was such a great man always so nice and kind. He loved his wife Maryann so much and everyone could see that. He was there for my family when my...Read More »
5 of 13 | Posted by: Amy Jaeger - Waxahachie, TX

“Chuck and Maryann were so caring and loving my husband Russ was diagnosed with cancer in 2006 no couple ever has been so kind to me providing...Read More »
6 of 13 | Posted by: JoAnne Randall - Georgetown

“We will miss Chuck, he was a good friend, was well liked by all that knew him. We will not forget the great times we had together at Alamo Palms,...Read More »
7 of 13 | Posted by: Ron & Carol Hansen - Lakeland, MN

“To the Cook Family,I am so sorry for your loss.I had a lot of good memories growing up with Ray and thus spent a lot of time at Charles and Mary Ann...Read More »
8 of 13 | Posted by: Jeff Aspinall - BATTLE CREEK, MI

“I was blessed to work with Chuck and Mary Ann at the Battle Creek VA; they accepted me in there family as a friend. Many memories we have shared. I...Read More »
9 of 13 | Posted by: Sherry Farley - Tampa, FL

“Uncle Cookie was always such a joy in our family and always made me laugh. He always had a smile to share. He will be missed. ”
10 of 13 | Posted by: Aundria Meyer - Otsego, MI

“So sorry for your loss, Mary Ann. We so enjoyed playing cards and visits with Chuck at Alamo Palms. A new season in your life has begun and I am...Read More »
11 of 13 | Posted by: Donna Heykoop - NEW ERA, MI

“I have many memories of CHUCK both at the VA and on the personal side. He was such a great friend to all. Love to you Mary Ann and to your family. ”
12 of 13 | Posted by: Margaret Trunick - Cold Spring, KY

“You are in our thoughts Chuck and you will be missed. I have many fond memories of our times together and for that I am truly thankful. ”
13 of 13 | Posted by: Jack Colwill - Lethbridge

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Charles Lebron "Chuck" Cook, 83 of Battle Creek died peacefully at home with his family at his side on Thursday, December 30, 2021.

Charles was born April 7, 1938 in Rossville, Georgia to James Claude and Frances Lennie (Gilbert) Cook. He grew up in Chattanooga, Tennessee where he attended school until joining the U. S. Air Force. His 20-year career with the U.S. Air Force, honorably serving his country, took him to numerous places, including Thailand, France, Hawaii, Florida and stateside at Fort Custer in Battle Creek and retired from Randolph Air Force Base in Texas. In 1976, he retired as a Supply TSGT. His second 20-year career was at the Battle Creek Veterans Affairs Medical Center, retiring in 1998 as Chief Supply Officer.

Charles Lebron Cook was united in marriage to Mary Ann Oversmith on June 4, 1968 at Lakeview Baptist Church in Battle Creek. Surviving is Mary Ann, his wife of 53 years; children, Leilani (William) Switzer of Kalamazoo, Chuck (Elizabeth) Cook of Grand Rapids, Donna (James) Vandefifer, Jr. of Fife Lake, Dawn (Greg) Ferris of Portage, Charles L. (Loan) Cook, Jr. of Holland, Cliff Cook of Portage, Ray Cook of Holland; 26 grandchildren; 34 great-grandchildren; a brother, Rick (Becky) Floyd of Chattanooga; a special cousin he grew up with, Sonny Crabtree of Chattanooga; three sisters-in-law, Marlyne Groves, Julie Oversmith and Patricia (Dale Martin) Paul all of Battle Creek; and numerous cousins, nieces, nephews and their families. Chuck was preceded in death by his father, James Cook; mother and stepfather, Frances and Johnny Floyd; a brother, James Cook and three brother in laws, Lorin Oversmith, Philip Paul and Kenneth Groves.

Chuck loved his wife of 53 years. He was very close to his family and enjoyed spending time with them. He enjoyed dancing, bowling, golfing, volleyball, fishing, horseshoes and was an enthusiastic fan of the Dallas Cowboys Football team. He also enjoyed playing cards together with friends and family. While raising their children he followed his children's sporting events and never missed one. Sometimes traveling to several games on the same day. Later in life he built a home for his family, trying his best to provide a comfortable home for everyone. With seven children there was never a dull moment, many memories were made, and he was later blessed with his grandchildren who called him Grampy. Chuck will be remembered as a loving husband, father, grandfather, brother and friend. He will be greatly missed by many.

Friends will be received 4:00-6:00 p.m. Thursday, January 6, 2022 at Farley Estes Dowdle Funeral Home & Cremation Care, where funeral service will be held 2:00 p.m. Friday, January 7, 2022. The service will be livestreamed and may be viewed at: or you may also view it on the Farley Estes & Dowdle Funeral Home Facebook page. Military honors by American Legion Post #45 Honor Guard and the U.S. Air Force Honor Guard; and interment will follow at Union Cemetery in Maple Grove Township.

Memorial contributions may be made to The Alzheimer's Association, 200 Turwill Lane, Suite 6, Kalamazoo, MI 49006. Personal messages for the family may be placed in the Memory Book at