SSG David Cook
Hometown: Butler, New Jersey.
Age: 32 years old.
Died: August, 28, 2014.
Unit: Army, Fort Bliss, Texas.
David started in Fort Benning, GA, he graduated with the Delta 2-58 Infantry 4th Platoon on April 17, 2006, then he moved to CA to Ft Irwin and he was part of the 1st Battalion 36th Infantry Regiment the Spartans. He served a tour in Iraq. after a year, he came home and moved to Ft Bliss in El Paso, Texas, He then went to Afghanistan for a tour and his Lieutenant promoted David on the field to Staff Sargent to take charge of his men. After his tour he came home still serving on the base training his men and getting them to move ahead in rank.
David, formerly of Butler, NJ, was taken from us very unexpectedly on August 28, 2014. David was 32 years old and is survived by his wife Cheryl Cook, son Eric Cook, mother Katherine Cook, father Charles Cook and a brother Justin Cook. He is also survived by many aunts, uncles, and cousins. He was raised in New Jersey and was a Soldier in the United States Army. He served overseas in Iraq and Afghanistan. He was a dedicated solider, husband and father. He always did the best he could to provide for his family. He was so motivated to be the best he could be. Before he passed he was starting a family business to ensure his family was taken care of. He had a motto "I do what I want because I am a Cook." On Saturday, September 6, 2014 there will be a closed casket viewing from 9am to 11am at the Morrison Funeral Home, 86 Bartholdi Ave. Butler, NJ. A funeral service will be held 11 AM on Saturday also at the Funeral home. A full military burial will follow the service at Mount Rest Cemetery, Butler, NJ. In lieu of flowers we are asking for donations to the wounded warrior program or Autism treatment.
Published in The Record on Sept. 5, 2014
BUTLER - Members of Butler's George P. Siek VFW and the John A. Dean American Legion posts are actively seeking community support Saturday to commemorate and celebrate the life of U.S. Army Staff Sgt. Master Gunner David Cook, 32, who died on Sunday, Aug. 28, at Fort Bliss, Texas. Specifically they are asking the community to line the roadside when his remains are taken to Mt. Rest Cemetery at the intersection of Kakeout Road and Boonton Avenue in Butler for burial.
Cook served in both Iraq and Afghanistan and was a dedicated soldier, husband, and father. His mother, Katherine, currently lives in Vernon and was a former Butler resident. David was home-schooled. His father, Charles, was born and raised in Butler.
VFW/American Legion members are asking people to turn out at 11 a.m. on Saturday to line Bartholdi Avenue to give the late soldier a farewell as his remains are transported from the Morrison Funeral Home, 86 Bartholdi Ave. to Mt. Rest Cemetery where a full military burial service will be held. Post members will provide participants with flags, and carpooling will take place at the VFW Post, 69 Carey Ave.