Harold Fredrick (Bud) Cook, Sr. succumbed to cancer in the early hours of Monday, March 22, 2016. He is survived by his four younger brothers, Robert, Floyd, Norman and Stanley Cook, by his two sons, H. Fred and Schuyler M. Cook and three stepdaughters, Linda Roof (Roger) Stiver, Lisa C. (Vic) Brigner, and Karen A. (Shane) Scott.
Bud was born December 1, 1931 to Floyd and Elizabeth Cook of Paulding, Ohio, and suffered the death of his sister in an automobile accident when he was six years old. He graduated with a degree in agriculture from The Ohio State University in 1956 and was commissioned as a 2nd Lieutenant with the completion of his Air Force ROTC classes. He then served his country in West Germany as a ground air traffic control officer from 1956 to 1958. He received an honorable discharge and returned to Paulding after his father was involved in a fatal traffic accident. After earning his teaching certification, he taught junior and senior high school classes in Oakwood and Paulding. He later earned his Masters of Education degree from Indiana University and went on to hold Administrator positions in several high schools across Ohio. During these years, he also served in the Air Force Reserves, the Air National Guard and for a time was a liaison to the US Air Force Academy. After Bud married Carol Roof in 1988 and who proceeded him in death, he came to Lima and served as a substitute teacher in local schools where students knew him for his frequent recitation of the poem “The Wise Old Owl”.
A memorial service will be held on Saturday, April 16, 2016 beginning at 1PM at the Bayliff & Son Funeral Home, 311 W. Main ST, Cridersville, OH 45806. Thereafter, please join the family for a late luncheon at the American Legion Post 96, 711 S Shore DR, Lima, OH 45804.
In lieu of flowers, the family requests that donations be made to the non-profit Allen County Council on Aging, Inc., 215 N Central AVE, Lima, OH 45801.