Colin D. Cook, 74, Schofield, died peacefully on Wednesday, December 7, 2022 at his home.
He was born March 17, 1948 in Wausau, WI, the second child of the late Donald A. and Eva M. (Washburn) Cook. He grew up in the Rib Mountain area where he resided for the greater portion of his life.
After graduating from Wausau High School in 1966, he immediately enlisted in the U.S. Navy. During his four years of service, he was fortunate enough to spend some time on the same Naval ship with his brother Donald. He also served in the Vietnam War, as a Crew Chief in the Fire Brigade in Danang. While serving, Colin was awarded the National Defense Service Medal, Vietnam Service Medal with One Bronze Star and Republic of Vietnam Campaign Medal with Device. He was also a member of the Man of Honor Society in Wausau.
Colin was an avid outdoorsman, with many years spent deer hunting with his Dad and brothers. He loved to find a good fishing spot as well and to trade stories of his many catches. Many times he would want to take a drive around just “to take a look see”. He enjoyed his time spent at Arrow Sports Bar and will be dearly missed by his friends there.
He is survived by his daughters Victoria (Kyle) Olund, Mosinee, Reneé (Pat) Rusch, Sheboygan, grandchildren; Amber (Tim) Mulrooney, Merrill, Makenna (Tate) Olund, Kaylee Olund, Alex Olund, Mosinee, Nicholas Cook, Douglasville, GA, Brittany (Philip) Gruber, Wisconsin Rapids, Jeremy Rusch, Sheboygan. Great grandchildren; Irelyn, Addilyn, Aislyn and Baby Gruber on the way. Sisters; Kathleen (Randy) Klemp, Sparks NV, Eileen (Donald) Neumann, Wausau, Roger (Jan), Mosinee, Keith (Julie) Cook, Marathon, Chris (Bill) Kriewadlt, Wausau. Former spouse, Joyce Cook, Mosinee. And many nieces and nephews. Besides his parents, Colin was preceded in death by his brother Donald Cook.
Colin lived life on his own terms. He was fiercely independent, had a stubborn streak, a unique sense of humor and was an expert at the “Irish” goodbye, even in his final days, he never lost those qualities.
He is loved by his family and friends and will be greatly missed. The family wishes to thank everyone who has reached out to them and those that have helped with Colin in the last few years.
Per Colin’s request, no formal services will be held. The family will hold a celebration of life at a later date. Beste Funeral Home, Mosinee, is assisting the family with arrangements. Online condolences can be directed to the family at www.bestefh.com.