A memorial service for Alan Cook will be at held at 11:00 a.m. Friday, June 29, 2018 at St. Paul’s Lutheran Church in Carroll. As the church is not air conditioned, dress casually and accordingly. Burial of the remains and a committal service will immediately follow at Elmwood Cemetery in Carroll. A luncheon and family gathering at the Carroll auditorium (which is air conditioned) will immediately follow the services. Friends of Alan and the family, even if unable to attend the services, are invited to the luncheon.
Alan Roger Cook, 69, died on January 20, 2018 at the Dallas TX Veterans Medical Center. Alan was raised in Carroll and was a 1966 graduate of Wayne High School. Following military service in Vietnam, he moved to Dallas TX, where he resided until his death.
Alan Roger Cook was born June 13, 1948 in Wayne, NE to Arthur and Edith (Sahs) Cook. He was baptized and confirmed at St. Paul’s Lutheran Church in Carroll, NE. He was a faithful member and choir participant of St. John’s Episcopal Church. Alan attended grade school in Carroll and graduated from Wayne High School (NE) in 1966. He served in the United States Army from June 1967 to January 1970, including service in Vietnam from December 1967 until his release from active duty, where he was an aircraft technician. He then took employment at Goodyear Tire in Lincoln NE. Alan returned to Vietnam in 1973 for 19 months as a civilian contractor of Lear Siegler. In 1974, he located to Dallas TX where he spent the remainder of his life. While working full time, he attended North Texas State University and in 1982 received his Bachelor’s Degree in Business Administration, Cum Laude. Alan’s post military working career was concentrated in various aspects of industrial equipment, including Halliburton, Otis Engineering, Kyocera and Mitsubishi, and eventually as an independent cutting tool salesman to specialty manufacturers, where he found his true calling.
Alan is survived by Vietnam veteran brother Craig (Lori) Cook of Gretna, NE, brothers Rodney Cook of Plainview, NE and Gordon (Alicia) Cook of Parkville, MO; sisters Barbara (Kent) Sprague of Lincoln, NE, Virginia Cook (Ernie Galindo) of Las Vegas, NV, Mary Jo (Gordon) Jorgensen of Milford, IA and Catherine Cook of Omaha, NE; four nieces, five nephews, special friend Sylvia Moore of Dallas, and many other lifelong friends.
Alan was preceded in death by his WWII veteran father in 1992, mother in 2015, and Vietnam veteran brother Warren in 2012.