Harold Cook

Harold C. Cook

April 2, 1921 - June 15, 2020
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Harold Crandall Cook was born in Beaver, Pennsylvania, to Lee and Ora Cook on April 2, 1921. He was
the youngest of three children: an older brother Lee and sister Genevieve. Harold married Esther
Shively on October 10, 1942, in Warren, Ohio. They had been married 72 years when she died in 2014.
He was the father of six children, Kathy (Jim) Teller, Wayne (Rhonda), Susan (deceased 2013), David
(Jan), Janet (Joe) Cooper, and Jeff(Amy). He has 15 grandchildren, and 27 great grandchildren. He died
peacefully on June 15, 2020, at home in the New England Club in Cincinnati.

As a youngster, Harold worked in his fathers dairy in Warren, then went to Hiram College before
marrying Esther. He enlisted in the Navy during World War II, serving in the Pacific Theater. After
returning home in 1945, he went to Ohio State University, receiving a Masters degree in food
bacteriology in 1949. Harold, Esther, Kathy, and Wayne then moved to Cincinnati when Harold accepted
a job as bacteriologist with the Cincinnati Health Department; he rose to Superintendent before retiring
in 1981. Four more children were born in Cincinnati.

Mr. Cook was a devoted member of the United Methodist Church, first in Columbus, then in
Madisonville, and finally in Anderson Township where he moved with his family in 1969 He served as
Scoutmaster for 10 years in Madisonville, 20 years as delegate to the United Methodist Annual
Conference at Lakeside, Ohio, supervisor of the church garden at Anderson Hills UMC, and member of
many church groups. After retirement from the city, he worked part-time as a bacteriologist for the
EPA, and volunteered with Esther at Woodland Mound Park and Withrow Nature Preserve. He also
delivered Meals on Wheels for the Senior Center. Harold and Esther loved to travel and for many years
enjoyed driving to Florida, took part in Elderhostel trips, camped in the U.S. and Canada, and enjoyed
Caribbean and Alaska cruises. Harold also enjoyed Honor Flight and Soaring Valor trips that honored

Visitation will be held at Anderson Hills United Methodist Church on Monday, June 22 from 9:30 to
11am followed by a funeral service at 11am. In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to The Freestore
Foodbank or The Gary Sinise Foundation.
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Service Details

  • Visitation

    Monday, June 22, 2020 | 9:30am - 11:00am
    Monday, June 22, 2020 9:30am - 11:00am
    Anderson Hills United Methodist Church
    7515 Forest Road
    CINCINNATI, OH 45255
    Get Directions: View Map | Text | Email
  • Service

    Monday, June 22, 2020 | 11:00am
    Monday, June 22, 2020 11:00am
    Anderson Hills United Methodist Church
    7515 Forest Road
    CINCINNATI, OH 45255
    Get Directions: View Map | Text | Email
  • Interment

    Graceland Memorial Gardens
    5989 Deerfield Rd.
    MILFORD, OH 45150
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Duane Calvin

Posted at 09:29am
Wayne and family, I am so sorry to hear of Harold's passing. He and Esther were dear friends of Mom & Dad (Delo & Joyce Calvin) both at Madisonville UMC and later at Anderson Hills. Of course, Dad and Harold both were at the New England Club at the same time too. I always looked forward to Harold's & Esther's greetings on my many visits to Cincy, and to their and Dad's Sunday School class. I'm sure Dad and Mom were waiting with Esther on the other side of the river to greet Harold when he arrived. God bless you all and I pray the Lord would comfort you and give you peace.

Duane Calvin

Brooke Phillips

Posted at 09:30pm
Kate I am sorry about the loss of your grandfather. His life story is really an inspiration to us all. Keeping your family in my prayers.
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Mark and Karen Carnahan

Posted at 07:40am
Dave, Jan, and Family, We are thinking about you today as you celebrate the life of a great man!
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Rev. Dr. Russell Gwinn Lacy

Posted at 08:31am
To the family,
Please accept my deepest sympathies on the death of Harold. We served the Madisonville UMC/Korean Madisonville UMC for 12 years and the Mercy Health System for 10. We had many occasions to be with Harold and Ester during that time. We valued their friendship, whether on the street or at some occasion. He will surely be missed by many.

Rev. Dr. R. Gwinn Lacy

Steve, Heather, Melissa, and Robert

Posted at 08:10am
We love and miss you, Grandpa. We know you are now home with Grandma, and looking down on us all. Rest in peace.
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