Michael “Mike” Cook, 1963-2019

Michael “Mike” Cook, 56, of Walkerton, IN, joined his family in heaven on Wednesday, Aug. 14, 2019, in his home with his daughters at his side.

He was born Feb. 24, 1963, in Greenfield, TN, to Wendell and Vanda (Roark) Cook.

Mike worked as a Mechanic Equipment Operator and other various positions for over 14 years with his NIPSCO “brothers.” He was baptized at Salem Chapel United Methodist Church. Mike enjoyed working with horses, camping, good food, and spending quality time with his family and friends. A tough cowboy with a dog at his side and a heart of gold, Michael was a man who enjoyed the simple things in life and shared them with unbridled joy. He cared about people, always had good advice, and became a father figure to more than his own.

On Aug. 29, 1992, he married the light of his life, Carol (Schrader) Cook, who preceded him in death.

Surviving are his daughters, Dakota and Bailee Cook; mother, Vanda (Roark) Cook; siblings, Wendell Cook (Nina Hargis) and Kari Keller; nieces, Kelsey Hulecki and Chazney Keller; nephews, Jason Cook and Justin Cook; and many in-law relatives.

He was preceded in death by his father, Wendell Cook, and son, Lattigo Michael Cook.

A Celebration of Life Service will be held at 11 a.m. CST on Tuesday, Aug. 20, at Salem Chapel United Methodist Church, LaPorte. Visitation will be held at the church from 3 to 7 p.m. CST Monday, Aug. 19, and from 10 a.m. CST until the service Tuesday. Burial will follow the service at Salem Cemetery, LaPorte. Cutler Funeral Home and Cremation Center, LaPorte, is handling arrangements.

Memorial contributions in honor of Michael A. Cook may be made to the donor’s choice.

Messages of condolences may be posted below on WNLP as well as at www.cutlercares.com.

2 Responses to “Michael “Mike” Cook, 1963-2019”


    Aug 16. 2019

    Dear Shasta and Bailee and to the Cook family and Schrader family, may our LORD and SAVIOR provide you great comfort and peace during this time. May His loving arms embrace.you all.

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  2. Jim Miller

    Aug 23. 2019

    Dakota & Bailee
    We are so sorry to hear of Mike’s passing. Your family has always been special for us. May God comfort and help you both in the days ahead. Our prayers will be with you.
    Your Cousin Jim & wife, Marilyn.

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