TOGUS - Kenneth L. "Bud" Cook, 86, of Farmington, died Thursday, Feb. 20, 2014, at the Togus Hospice Home in Augusta following a long illness.
He was born in Corinna on Aug. 1, 1927, the son of Harvey and Leona Cook. He received his education at Wilton Academy, where he was a three-sport athlete; and at Southeast Missouri State University, where he played varsity football. He was a veteran of World War II, serving as a staff sergeant combat medic in the 82nd Airborne.
He married Rubena "Beanie" Schulte on April 5, 1947, at Wright-Patterson Air Base in Dayton, Ohio. He began as a salesman at Morton Motor Co., on U.S. Route 2 and Route 4 in Farmington, and later acquired the business to become the Pontiac-Chevrolet dealer. He retired in 1982 after more than 32 years. He was also a licensed real estate agent for several years.
He was a member of Maine Masonic Lodge No. 20 A.F. & A.M. of Farmington, York Rite bodies and Kora Temple Shrine, Lewiston; a charter member of the Farmington Kiwanis Club; past King Lion; former member of Wilson Lake Country Club; and a member of the American Legion. He was a past member of the Budget Committee in Farmington and served on the School Administrative District 9 School Board. He was a former Boy and Cub Scout leader and organized and coached the original Pirates Little League Baseball Team for many years. He served two terms as commissioner of Little League Baseball in Franklin County. He also managed the 1972 Farmington Flyers Baseball Team to an undefeated regular season in the Pine Tree League. In 2005, he was elected president of the Maine Baseball Hall of Fame and elected to the Hall of Fame in 2007.
He was a former director of the Central Maine Vocational Institute. He loved hunting, fishing, golf and singing country western music. He enjoyed serving as a volunteer with Franklin Memorial Hospital's valet parking and escort service. He was a member of the Old South Congregational Church, Farmington.
He is survived by his son Randy Cook and his wife, Lynn; grandsons Ryan Cook and his wife, Kate, and Tom Cook and his wife, Julie; daughter-in-law Julie (Searles) Cook, of Florida; and his companion, Polly Howatt.
He was predeceased in 2006 by his wife of 60 years, Beanie; in 2004 by his son Brad Cook; sisters Carolyn Jackson and Eleanor Cook; and his parents.
Family and friends are invited to call from 2 to 3 p.m. Wednesday, Feb. 26 at Wiles Remembrance Center, 137 Farmington Falls Road (U.S. Route 2 and Route 27) Farmington.
Following memorial visitation, a public memorial service will be at 3 p.m., with longtime family friend pastor Chandler Woodcock officiating.
Members of Maine Masonic Lodge No. 20 A.F. & A.M. will conclude the services with the memorial Masonic ritual. In appreciation of the care he received, his family suggests that remembrance gifts be given to the Togus Hospice and Palliative Care Unit 1 VA Medical Center/A1 Augusta, ME 04330. Tributes and condolences may be shared on his memorial wall at www.wilesrc.com.
Spring burial will be at Fairview Cemetery, Farmington.