Gothenburg Resident: Donald Wayne Cook, age 81 (1931-2013)

Donald Wayne Cook, 81, of Gothenburg, Nebraska, died Monday, February 4th, 2013, at Hilltop Estates in Gothenburg.

Don was born to Wayne Stuart and Olive Alice (Benson) Cook July 10th, 1931, at Cozad, Nebraska. He attended and graduated from Cozad High School in 1949. He then attended a trade school in Omaha, Nebraska, for one year and went to work as a railroad depot employee June 2nd, 1950. On March 13th, 1952, he enlisted in the U.S. Air Force for a four-year stint spending time in California, Mississippi, Adak in the Aleutian Islands, Anchorage and Fairbanks, Alaska and New Mexico. He was honorably discharged at Albuquerque, New Mexico, March 12th, 1956. Don, "Hooter" as he was known on the railroad, then resumed with the Union Pacific at Gothenburg and retired after 42 years as Telegraph Operator and Freight Agent.

On September 12th, 1954, at St. John’s Lutheran Church in Gothenburg, he was united in marriage with Alverda L. Sommer and to this union two daughters were born: Debra and Sandra. He enjoyed hunting, fishing, going to coffee with old friends, local sports and especially Nebraska football, belonging to the Touchdown Club and was a charter member of the Husker Power Club. Don served on various local committees and with Dawson County Selective Service System until 1975. He was a member of the American Legion Post #64 at Gothenburg and was a member of the American Lutheran Church.

Don was preceded in death by his parents, a sister, Marion Eilers, brother-in-law Richard Eilers and nephew Brian Eilers. He is survived by his wife, Alverda, two daughters, Debra (David) Clark and Sandra (Lonnie) Warner, a granddaughter, Ashley Clark (Rob) Micek of Grand Island, Nebraska; three grandsons, Jed Clark of Aurora, Colorado, Adam Warner of Kearney, Nebraska and Caleb (Stephanie) Warner and their daughter, Dakota of Gothenburg. Two nephews, David Eilers of Overton, Nebraska and Mark Eilers of Seward, Nebraska and a sister-in-law, Arleen Gifford, of North Platte, Nebraska, also survive him.

Visitation will be held at Blase-Strauser Memorial Chapel, Gothenburg, Nebraska; Wednesday, February 6th, 2013, from 5 p.m.-7 p.m. with the family present and Thursday, February 7th, 2013, from 9 a.m.-5 p.m.

Funeral Services will be held at American Lutheran Church on February 8th, 2013, at 3 p.m., with Pastor Tom Wilson and Lonna Grabenstein PMA officiating. 

Interment will follow in the Gothenburg Cemetery, Gothenburg, Nebraska.

Memorials may be given to the American Lutheran Church, 1512 Avenue G, Gothenburg, NE 69138; Meals on Wheels, 410 20th Street, Gothenburg, NE 69138; or Donor's Choice.

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