November 17, 1940 – February 15, 2021
Master Chief Petty Office Fred T. Cooke, 80, departed this life on February 15, 2021. A 20 year veteran in the U.S. Navy, he received many honors and recognitions before retiring in 1980.
Fred was born in Glendale, California to Jack and Ruth Cooke. He was a rambunctious little boy, always getting into things and scaring his mom, Ruth. His family moved to Sun Valley where they had a little farm with rabbits and pet rats and where his parents later separated. When he was 13, his family moved to Coburg, Oregon where his father met and married Ida. Ida adored young Fred and spoiled him. At 20 he left home to join the Navy and began a 20 year career. His travels and training brought him to Chicago Naval Base where he met the love of his life, Karen Johnson. They married in 1964 and spent their honeymoon driving to Key West, Florida to his new station. Throughout his career, they were stationed in Oregon, Hawaii, Guam and San Diego. He was a submariner, recruitment officer, and diesel Inspector. He provided support to the young ensigns who were far away from family. He retired with full honors in 1980.
He worked for NASCO for 9 years and left to begin his own custom cabinetry business. His then new son-in-law, Joe helped him in the shop nights and weekends before he and Cheryl were transferred to Virginia. He continued his business until he fully retired in 2017.
He loved golfing with his wife and son-in-law Joe, scuba diving, fishing, hunting, and going to the shooting range. He sponsored and coached his grandson’s baseball league, rarely missing a game. His daughters have fond memories of growing up camping and traveling.
He had a close relationship with Cheryl’s husband, Joe, and was thrilled to welcome Vickie’s new husband, Eric and son, Jesse to the family which brought his grandchildren to 6 in number.
He leaves behind his cherished wife, Karen, daughters (Cheryl, Vickie and their husbands Joe and Eric respectively), 6 grandchildren (Matthew 24, McKenna 22, Mitchell 27, Mason 22, Myles 14, and Jesse, 24), two surviving brothers and various nieces and nephews. He was well loved by his family and friends.
He will be missed
A service will be held at Miramar National Cemetery on April 20, 2021 at 11:00 am. Due to Covid and limited visitors, service is by invitation only.