Norman H. Cook

September 25, 1933April 3, 2021
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87, of Carmel, Indiana, passed away April 3, 2021. Norman was born September 25, 1933, in Terre Haute, Indiana to Herbert D. and Pearl (Overton) Cook. He graduated from high school in Worthington, Indiana.

He served proudly in the US Navy from 1952 to 1956 with classification of aircraft mechanic receiving an honorable discharge. Norman began work at Allison Engine Company and retired from Rolls Royce after 47 years of dedicated service.

Norman is survived by his wife, Janet (Nell), son Brian (Jodi) Cook, grandchildren Jennifer Ward and Braden (Brittney) Cook, great grandchildren, Christian Ward and Roman Cook, brother Marvin (Beverly) Cook, sister Lana (Cook) Detro, step-son Chris (Melanie) Fancher, step-daughter Janna (Steve) Kissel, step-son Shane (Michelle) Fancher, 8 step-grandchildren and 8 great step-grandchildren.

Norman is preceded in death by his parents, sister Madeline (Cook) Poole and grandson Blain Bryant.

Norman will be remembered for his love of family, sense of humor, sense of duty, his dedication to his wife, Janet, and much more. He will be greatly missed by so many.

Services are being held at Crown Hill Funeral Home, 700 W 38th St, Indpls, IN on Thursday, April 8, at 2pm, with visitation starting at 1pm. Visit for more information.


  • Visitation

    Thursday, April 8, 2021

  • Funeral Service

    Thursday, April 8, 2021

  • Entombment

    Thursday, April 8, 2021


Norman H. Cook

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April 7, 2021

I was Norm's secretary at Allison's Plant 11 in the late 1970's. This photo was taken at an open house where I was the greeter. Norm is seen in his usual stance watching, making sure everything was done right. To some this would seem overbearing, but he never came across that way to me. One Christmas I told Norm that since he was the "most important man in my life", that he should have his staff chip in money so I could get diamond earrings instead of the many trinkets I usually received. He looked up and said "you need to find yourself another most important man" and started shuffling the papers on his desk. I got the earrings - and I still have them. He was an honorable, funny determined man who required quality results from his employees. I had never worked for anyone else like him in my 39+ years at Allison/Rolls-Royce. I always held him in the highest regard. p.s. I did find another "most important man" and we have been married for 37 years.

Jim + Jane Leonard

April 7, 2021

Dear Janet, we read Norman’s obituary in the paper today. We believe we lived on the base where you lived at Patuxent River, Maryland in 1954-55. We send you our very best thoughts and prayers in your time of grief. May the Lord be very close to you and your family.

Elizabeth Fullom

April 6, 2021

Thinking of all the houses we looked at with your input and the one you helped me to find has been home or 40 years. Thank you for your time and patience. I will never forget your kind words, flowers, and visit to the mortuary when my Mother passed so suddenly. Thank you for your time and advice. Elizabeth

Donald Harris

April 5, 2021

For the family of Norman H. Cook,

Norman and I met in the second grade, graduated High School together, married our High-School sweethearts, both from the class of 1952, enlisted in the U.S. Navy together, were stationed together, following San Diego Boot Camp, in Norman, Oklahoma, Memphis, Tennessee and Morocco, North Africa (with our wives), during his 4 years of service (I stayed 30 years).

We attended many of Worthington-Jefferson High School, Class of 1951, annual reunion events, from our first in 1952; held at the Worthington Park, and photographed next to the huge Sycamore tree limb Monument, placed there in 1925; to our last, the sixty-eighth, in 2019, held at Gray's Cafeteria in Mooresville.

We have been good friends, keeping in contact, for over 80 years, the last time was earlier this year, when Norman related that he had just leased a new Subaru and told me it was a better ride than his older model Cadillac! I will miss our long-distance phone contacts and our annual reunion events, reminiscing over years upon years of fond memories. Friends are friends forever!

Norman, you are loved and will be always remembered and dearly missed by your many family members and friends.

Your Classmate, Shipmate, but first of all, Close Friend,
Don Harris, Milton, Florida