OBITUARY

Paul Franklin Cook

December 27, 1937February 9, 2021
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Paul Franklin Cook, 83, CW3 Retired, of Kempner passed away on February 9, 2021.

A social hour will be held Friday, February 26, 2021 from 12:00 PM to 1:00 PM at Crawford-Bowers Funeral Home, 211 W Avenue B, Copperas Cove, Texas followed by a memorial service. An internment service with military honor will occur Friday, February 26, 2021 at 3:00 PM at Central Texas State Veterans Cemetery, 11463 State Highway 195, Killeen, Texas.

He was born in Springfield, Ohio on December 27, 1937 to Beryl and Phyllis Cook. He graduated from Springfield High School 1955, attending University of Dayton (Ohio) 1955-1956; and then Ohio State University 1957-1961. He later earned an Associate in Arts Degree, June 1977 from Thomas Edison University, New Jersey.

He was drafted into the Army in August 1961 and was assigned to Fort Knox, Kentucky, for Basic Training. Following Basic Training, he married his wife, Olive Katherine Cook in November 1961. Following their marriage, Paul reported to Fort Holabird, Maryland, and trained in U.S. Army Intelligence. Over the course of the next 20 years he performed duties of a special agent for Military Intelligence in Virginia; Ohio; Alabama; Hawaii; Arizona; New Jersey; Florida, Texas, Korea, Germany, and Thailand. These duties also included three years of duty as a Special Investigator in the Department of Defense Investigative Service. He retired January 1982 at Fort Hood, Texas. After retiring from the Army, he worked at a motorcycle dealership; then by a defense contractor on Fort Hood and finally for civil service on Fort Hood in the counter-terrorism, counter-intelligence and Army security fields. He finally retired in 1997 from civil service and pursued his hobby of collecting and restoring antique military Dodge Power Wagons. He served as a councilman and later Mayor of Kempner. He operated the Texas Power Wagon Museum and loved to share his knowledge of Power wagons.

He was preceded in death by his parents, Beryl and Phyliss Cook, and his wife Olive Katherine Cook. Survivors include his sons Charles Cook of Kempner and Steve Cook of Lampasas County; sisters Nancy Frechette (Ray) of Rhode Island, cousin Sherry Wycoff of Dayton, Ohio and his grandkids Alette, Scooter and Duncan Cook.

Paul was proud of his military service and in lieu of flowers, a donation in his honor can be made to the Disabled American Veterans organization.

Paul's social hour and memorial service can be viewed at https://www.facebook.com/crawfordbowerscopperascove

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  • Disabled American Veterans organization

Services

  • Social Hour

    Friday, February 26, 2021

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  • Memorial Service

    Friday, February 26, 2021

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  • Internment Service with Military Honor

    Friday, February 26, 2021

Memories

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Judy Carey

February 25, 2021

Paul loved his family and was so very proud of his sons and grandchildren. He was a patriot. He had interesting hobbies and stories. My deepest sympathy to the Cook family.

SHERRY (COOK) WYCOFF

February 22, 2021

I will miss the phone calls, the stories, the family memories of long ago.........that sense of humor, and Paul's kindness and caring.

"The memories we make with the ones who we love are the treasures that last all life through".....Emily Matthews.

Robert Sullivan

February 20, 2021

Our sympathies are with the Cook family. Paul & Kathy were our friends and will be missed by all who knew them.

Rex Hooten

February 17, 2021

I was very proud to have served with Paul on the Original Kempner City council. He was always ready to help get the city off and running in the right direction. We will miss him.

FROM THE FAMILY
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Veteran's Day display at Hanna Springs with his granddaughter

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Last Road Trip to the Doctor

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Retiree Appreciation Day Ft Hood Oct 2020

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Proud grandparents

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Last road trip

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Veteran's Day display at Hanna Springs with his granddaughter

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Last Road Trip to the Doctor

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Retiree Appreciation Day Ft Hood Oct 2020

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Proud grandparents

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Last road trip

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Retiree Appreciation Day Ft Hood Oct 2020

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Always there for his grandkids, LHS graduation May 2020

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Meeting Gene Autry at the airport in Thailand mid 1960's

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Receiving a DA Civilian Award Ft Hood 1987