Mr. Gardner Chapin Cook

June 30, 1919October 25, 2013
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Gardner Chapin Cook, age 94, died October 25, 2013, with his daughters by his side in Flint, Michigan. Gardner was born June 30, 1919, in Iowa to the late Rollin J. and Elizabeth Allen Cook. He attended Culver Military Academy as a youth. He then attended Dartmouth College and later served in the Air Force during WW II in Roswell New Mexico where he met his wife of 64 years, Edith, who was also in the military. After leaving the military, Gardner and Edith moved to Flint, Michigan where Gardner began working for the Buick Motor Company. Gardner and Edith and their two daughters, Elizabeth and Virginia (Ginny) later moved to Grand Blanc and spent many wonderful summers at the family cottage on Lake Fenton enjoying swimming, fishing, and the serenity of lake living.

Gardner enjoyed downhill skiing in the winter and took the family to Boyne Mountain each year for a skiing vacation. In addition, Gardner and Edith were avid golfers and both had the thrill of achieving a hole-in-one at one point during their matches. With their love for golf, Gardner and Edith moved to Florida in the 1970’s so that they could escape the cold and enjoy golfing year round. They also purchased a house near Traverse City Michigan where they spent many wonderful summers enjoying the beauty of northern Michigan.

Gardner was a very kind and loving husband to his wife Edith and a wonderful father to his daughters. Gardner loved life to the fullest and he will be missed by his family and friends.

Gardner is survived by his daughter, Elizabeth Longton from Flint; his daughter, Virginia (Ginny) Himich and husband Mike from Howell, Michigan; his grandchild, Tamara Halvorsen, her husband, Larry and their three children from Port St. Lucie Florida; his grandchild, Amy Stamm and her daughter, Kylie from Port Salerno, Florida; his grandchild, Amanda Jones and husband, Greg from Lapeer; and his nephews Chapin Cook and wife, Gail from Grand Blanc and Peter Cook and his friend, JoAnn from Maine. Gardner was preceded in death by his wife Edith Cook who passed away in 2006, by his older brother George Allen Cook who passed away in 2010 and by his nephew George Allen Cook Jr. who passed away in 2011.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions should be directed to Gentiva Hospice at 2360 Stonebridge Drive, Flint, MI 48532. The family thanks Gentiva Hospice for their loving care of Gardner during his final days. The date and time for memorial service will be announced in the Flint Journal soon. Arrangements provided by Hill Funeral Home, 11723 S. Saginaw St., Grand Blanc. Please share condolences at


  • Visitation Friday, November 8, 2013
  • Funeral Friday, November 8, 2013
  • Inurnment Friday, November 8, 2013

Mr. Gardner Chapin Cook

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November 26, 2013

Thanks for your service to our country. RIP

Tami Halvorsen

November 3, 2013

Mom and Ginny, We are so very sorry for the loss of Gard. We all were very fortunate to have him in our lives for so many years. I feel truly blessed to have had Him and Edie for my Grandparents and we will cherish the memories of times spent with them always in our hearts forever. May you both find peace and comfort at this time, our thoughts and prayers are with you. Tami, Larry, Erik, Rob and Brent G.

October 31, 2013

With deepest sympathy to the Cook family during your time of grief...God is for you a refuge and strength, A help that is there to be found during difficult times...May God provide you with peace and comfort to endure the days ahead...(Psalm 62:8)

-D. Johnson

Anne Vorce

October 29, 2013

Ginny and Liz, I am so sorry to hear about your father's death. My brother Matt told me. And, I didn't know about your mother until I read your Dad's obituary. Please accept my family's very sincere condolences. What a wonderful obituary you all wrote for your dad. It brought back so many sweet memories of our time together at Lake Fenton. I remember your parents so vividly in that great old cottage of yours. I didn't know their backgrounds and so I read what you'd written here with great interest. Ginny, my best to Mike. Thinking of sailing and with kind regards, Anne Vorce

October 28, 2013

Dear Liz & Ginny,

My sincere condolences to you and your families. What a great man. He will be sadly missed by this community.

Very truly yours,

Mary Paula Grimes

Melinda Hopkins

October 27, 2013

Dear Liz and Ginny,
Oh my how very many years it has been since I have seen you both. I have so very many wonderful memories of your parents and our times together on second street and on Lake Fenton
My sincere condolences to both of you!!