CORTLAND - Stanley V. Kook, 93, of Cortland, passed away peacefully with his family by his side at 7 a.m. Thursday, Jan. 23, 2014, at Windsor House at Champion.
Born on Dec. 30, 1920, in Warren, Stanley was one of nine children born to the late John and Mary Tymchuck Kook, and was a 1938 graduate of Warren G. Harding High School.
Stanley retired in 1980 from Republic Steel after working for 30 years as a coiler in the 56-inch hot strip mill.
A veteran of the U.S. Army, Stanley served his country as a sergeant during World War II in the American Theater with the 554th AAF Base Unit. For his service to his country, Stanley was awarded the American Theater Ribbon, Good Conduct Medal and the World War II Victory Medal. His was honorably discharged on Nov. 24, 1945.
Stanley was a member of Blessed John Paul II Parish in Warren. He was currently a member the Knights of Columbus Council 620 and held office of Faithful Navigator of the 4th Degree, and was named honorary member in 2001.
He was an avid bowler and belonged to the Thursday Night Republic League at Crest Lanes. He was also an avid fisherman, loved gardening, was a Cleveland Indians fan, and especially enjoyed supporting his grandchildren in all of their sporting events by being their number one fan.
Stanley was married on Nov. 16, 1943, to the former Mary S. Suces, and they were married for 65 years until her passing on Aug. 27, 2009.
Stanley is survived by four children, Maryann (Robert) McCarthy of Fallston, Md., Robert S. (Beverly) Kook of Warren, Debra Brown of Warren and Linda (Daniel) Simmons of Warren; a sister, Rosie (Joe) Gerchak of Howland; 14 grandchildren; and 14 great-grandchildren.
Besides his wife and parents, Stanley was preceded in death by a daughter, Jeanette Bringardner; a son-in-law, Eugene Brown; two sisters, Ann Strohmeyer and Helen Bogolin; and five brothers, John, Frank, Walter, Joe and Tony Kook.
Calling hours will take place from 4 to 6 p.m. Sunday at the Sinchak & Sons Funeral Home.
A Mass of Christian burial will be offered at 10 Monday at Blessed John Paul II Parish with the Rev. Christopher Henyk officiating, preceded by closing prayers to be said at 9:20 a.m. at the funeral home prior in leaving for the church.
Burial with full military honors will follow in St. Joseph Cemetery in Champion.
The family suggests that memorial contributions take the form of donations in Stanley's name to Hospice of the Valley.
Arrangements for the Kook family are under the direction of the Sinchak & Sons Funeral Home. Family and friends may visit www.sinchakandsons.com to view this tribute and share condolences to the Kook family.