Thomas Wendell Cook, 67, of Butler, died Tuesday April 13, 2021 at Parkview Regional Medical Center in Fort Wayne. Tom was born March 29, 1954 in Auburn, a son of the late Wendell and Blanche Cook. Tom lived his entire life in rural Newville, IN, and had worked at International Harvester as well as Vulcraft Corporation in St. Joe for 32 years. He enjoyed spending the winter months in New Port Richey, Florida. Tom spent his summers working around his home and fishing. He especially looked forward to fishing in local bass tournaments with his son, and pond or river fishing with his grandsons. Tom married Catherine M. (Gee) Cook on October 25, 1994 and she survives in Butler. He is also survived by step sons, Robert (Laura) Long of Auburn, Aaron (Janie) Long of Auburn and Brett Long of Auburn; daughter, Lisa (Tim) Huffman of Fort Wayne; brother, Glen (Crystal) Cook of Butler; sisters, Carol (Will) Winebrenner of Fremont, Jean (Gary) Prough of Butler and Cherie (Dave) Blount of Pleasant Lake; grandchildren, Miranda Long of Auburn, Sawyer Maldeney of Waterloo, Braeden Huffman of Fort Wayne, Geoffrey Long of Auburn, Owen Long of Auburn, Brady Long of Auburn and Riley Long of Auburn; Step mother, Rosie Mickelson Cook of Newville; brother-in-law, Mike Gee of Auburn; sister-in-law, Jonette Gee of Auburn. He was preceded in death by his parents; a brother, Lavoy Cook; and a sister, Doris Newton. A funeral service for Tom will be held 11am Saturday with visitation one hour prior at Pinnington Funeral & Cremation Services 502 N. Main Street, Auburn. Visitation will also be held on Friday from 2-4 & 6-8 pm at the funeral home. Burial will be held in Riverview Cemetery, Newville. Pallbearers will be Aaron Long, Owen Long, Brady Long, Joe Woods, Sawyer Maldeney and Ryan Wallace. Memorial donations may be made to Catherine Cook. To sign the online guest book, visit www.pinningtonfh.com.
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