Norman Lee Cook
February 7, 1932 – December 3, 2018
Norman L. Cook, 86, died Monday, December 3 under hospice care at Glencroft Assisted Living near his home in Glendale, Arizona after a long bout with lung disease. Norman died peacefully in his sleep surrounded by family members. He leaves his wife, Ellen Cook, son David Cook and wife Sue, daughter Cathleen Gleason and husband Chip, and stepsons Jeff and Dana Hostetler. Norman loved his five grandchildren; Michael, Daniel, Danielle, Shauna, and Monica, and his ten great-grandchildren; Manuel, Michelle, Hunter, Taylor, Kasi, Isabella, Brady, Jon, Avery and Adelaide, and two great-great-grandchildren; Xavier and Matthew. Norman is also survived by his sister Diane and her husband Chuck Hazel. He was preceded in death by daughter Cheryl, in 1975 at age 19, and his first wife Patricia L. Cook in 1980 at age 47. He was also preceded in death by his sister Jane, and brothers Wells and Doug. Norman was a leader from a very early age, and was successful at everything he put his mind to. He worked hard, was a man of great integrity, and was respected and admired by all who knew him. Born in Michigan on February 7, 1932 to Wayne and Beatrice Cook where his father was a farmer and his mother taught public school, Norman helped work the family farm. He graduated from St. Johns high school in 1949 where he played varsity football and baseball. He worked in the agricultural field as a milk cow breeder and farmer in the St. Johns area. During this time, Norman also served as a member of the Michigan National Guard. He relocated the family to Hudson, Michigan where he operated a Surge Dairy Equipment business. In 1961, Norman moved his family to Phoenix, Arizona where he joined the Phoenix Police Department. He was promoted twice, achieving the rank of Lieutenant. His career included work in the Patrol, Detective, and Internal Affairs Bureaus. He retired in 1988 after 27 years with the Police Department, and spent his time traveling and at a summer home in Munds Park, Arizona. Norman was a lifelong Christian and attended church until the time of his death. Services will be held on Monday, December 10, 2018 at Phoenix Memorial Park, 200 W Beardsley Rd in Phoenix. Visitation beginning at 9:00 am, funeral service following at 10:00 am and committal service at 11:00 am. There will be a memorial service held at Glencroft Assisted Living, 8611 N 67th Ave in Glendale on Monday, December 17 at 10:00 am. The family requests in lieu of flowers that donations be made to Hospice of the Valley or FaithWorks PO Box 2757 Flagstaff AZ 86003. Arrangements entrusted to Shadow Mountain Mortuary in Phoenix. For additional information please visit www.shadowmountainmortuary.com
- Visitation Monday, December 10, 2018
- Funeral Service Monday, December 10, 2018
- Committal Service Monday, December 10, 2018
Norman Lee Cook
December 8, 2018
Uncle Norm, You were my mom's baby brother. 3rd of 5. You were my favorite, probably because you were energetic and playful. Your son was my buddy for many years until you found an opportunity to move to Phoenix to be closer to Aunt Pat's parents and to become a Phoenix police officer. It was with excitement n sadness that we said goodbye. Your family returned frequently and the summer gatherings were so exciting. You were very competitive with your brothers n you could cut the energy. Playing badminton you three would sing a goofy song "Does your chewing gum lose it's flavor on bed post over night"!🤩 giving us a good laugh and the unusual grin from grandma. You became an accomplished Man, husband, father, policeman, brother and above all, a Christian, and I love you. RIP with your parents, siblings, wife n daughter n all the saints in heaven. I look forward to singing in the choir with you when I get there. Helen Squiers
December 7, 2018
'Nornie' was Norman's name when I was small (two years younger).
Norman came down with Scarlet Fever when he was a sophomore in high school. At that time the household was required to be isolated. Mother couldn't teach and Doug and I (twins) didn't go to school. All dishes had to be sanitized after being in Norm's room (my room which was the warmest bedroom in the house, I slept with Mother). Friends sent comic books that had to be burned and we weren't allowed to read them before Norm. While recovering, Norm had appendicitis. The isolation hospital was too far away so a surgeon, another doctor and nurse came to the house. The dining room table was pulled open, a leaf laid across the opening, and Norm had the operation.
Norm and Ellen would visit us in Michigan where we spent time playing cards and dominoes. Wonderful memories!
Diane Hazle (notice the correct spelling of my last name)