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William Edward Cooke

November 1, 1929March 20, 2021

William "Bill" E. Cooke, of Burton, passed away on March 20, 2021 at 91 years of age.

Devoted husband of the late Janet Cooke; loving father of Diane (David) Roach, Brian (Tanja) Cooke, and the late Dawn Mawer; proud grandfather of five and great grandfather of four; dear brother of Clem Cooke and Barbara Brocksieck; father-in-law of Greg (Kim) Mawer.

Bill was born in Flint on November 1, 1929 to the late William and Lily Cooke. He was a graduate of Flint Central High School, GMI, and proudly served his country with the United States Army. Bill married Janet Louise Grothjan on June 13, 1953. Following his retirement after 41 years at AC Spark Plug, he and Janet owned and operated Oakbrook Inn Bed and Breakfast for 10 years. Bill was a proud member of the Salvation Army, the Salvation Army Band, and Songsters. He loved his church and family.

"A Life Well Lived is a Life Not Soon Forgotten"

At this time, the family has chosen to remember Bill privately. Memorial contributions may be made to the Genesee County Humane Society.

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Joyce & Kelly Beardslee

March 22, 2021

In the early1950's Joyce was dating Bill. Bill and I were school mates at Kettering (GMI then). Bill and I worked at AC SPARK PLUG as co-op students. Bill graduated as a member of the ROBOT HONOR SOCIETY. Obviously a smart guy.

Later on Joyce and Bill broke up and I started dating Joyce. She and I married. Bill married Jan and we four remained social friends for a few years.

In early 2000 Joyce and I joined a gym and found Bill was also a member. We shared a few memories but were never close again.

Kelly Beardslee

Brian Cooke

March 21, 2021

My father was a child of the depression, strongly motivated to family and faith, and formed by that period.
The belief that effort and focus could solve any problem was paramount. He was so right.
So right on.
Thanks pops.
Your great grandson will know you through me.