1927 – 2014
AUGUSTA — Kenneth L. “Bud” Cook, 86, of Farmington, died Thursday, Feb. 20, 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 Routes 2 and 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.
Bud was a member of Maine Masonic Lodge No. 20 AF & AM in Farmington; York Rite Bodies and Kora Temple Shrine in 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 Farmington Budget Committee and served on the SAD 9 school board.
He was also 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 was elected to the Hall of Fame in 2007. He was also a former director of the Central Maine Vocational Institute.
Bud loved hunting, fishing, golf and singing country-western music. He enjoyed serving as a volunteer for Franklin Memorial Hospital’s valet parking and escort service. He was a member of the Old South Congregational Church in 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.
Tributes and condolences may be shared on his memorial wall at www.wilesrc.com.