John O. Cook, 86 of Mauston died peacefully at his home with his loving wife Deb at his side on Thursday, June 5, 2014.

John was born in New Richmond, Wisconsin on January 17, 1928 and was adopted by June and Winifred Cook. John grew up in New Richmond and graduated in May of 1945. In June he joined the US Navy. He spent the next two years serving as a hospital corpsman and caring for psychological and medical patients of World War II. Following his service time John continued his education earning a degree in Industrial Education at UW Stout in 1952. His teaching career began in Edgerton, Wisconsin where he also coached football.

In June 1954 John moved to Mauston continuing to teach and coach. He was employed by Mauston Manufacturing transporting government products to government supply centers. John became manager in 1970 of Ray’s Shoes in downtown Mauston, taking over ownership with his wife Deb in 1985. They continued to work together until November 2013 when John retired.

John’s lifelong commitment to service was demonstrated by his loyalty to his community and local organizations where he unselfishly served with Mauston Lions Club, Mauston Area Chamber of Commerce, Hatch Public Library Board, the Mauston United Methodist Church Council and the Hess Memorial Hospital Board of Directors from 1984 until 2010. Despite John change in career he still had his compassion for architecture and design continuing to build numerous homes in the Mauston area, also he continued to design and prepare blueprints for other homes.

John is survived by his loving wife of 30 years Deb, their children Tim (Bev) Cook, Eau Claire, Sandra Wilke of Stoughton, Kristin (Tobin) Cook of Middleton, Laurie (Kirk) Kruser of Reedsburg, Kelly (Darren) Honnold of Lyndon Station, Stephanie (Travis) Fronk of Mauston, Kory (Doris) Cook of Mauston, as well as 19 grandchildren, 13 great grandchildren, a brother Troy (Betty) Hansen of Colorado Springs, CO, sister-in-laws Jeanne Olsen of Paisley, FL, Laverne Olsen of Palm Beach Garden, FL and his little black dog Max. John was preceded in death by his parents, two brothers Jack and William Olsen.

The Mass of Christian Burial will be held at 11:00 a.m., Tuesday, June 10, 2014 at St. Patrick Catholic Church, Mauston, where friends may call on Monday June 9th from 4:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. and on Tuesday from 10:00 a.m. until time of service.

Burial will be at the Mauston Cemetery with military honors.