Vernon Clark Cook, aka Cook, Cookie, Mr. Cook, Vern, and Pops 81 of Hyattsville, MD Passed away on November 18, 2022, in his home. He lived there for 50 years with his beloved wife of 59 years Olga Midock. They raised three kids, Clark David Cook, Kimberly Patricia Cook “Strouble” (Mark) and Wendi Maria Sprouse (Brian), he was blessed and thoroughly enjoyed all of his 14 Grandchildren (Ashley, David Aaron, Zachary, James, Tyler, Jennifer, Megan, Nicolas, Kristina, Ryan, Molly, Zackary S, Delaney and Douglas (Dougie). Three Great Grandchildren Lillian Grace, Josephine (JoJo) and Aaron (AJ). Vernon was also survived by his sister Peggy Albright (Charlie) and sister-in-law Carol Cook.
He was preceded in death by his parents Gertrude and Wendell Cook, brother John Cook of Indiana, PA.
Vernon graduated from Indiana Area Senior High School 1958. While a senior he enlisted in the Naval Reserves. Upon Graduation he entered active service. In 1961 he reenlisted and served at Newport, RI.; Mayport, FL.; Norfolk, VA.; Naval Air Station Bermuda. He was assigned to the Navy Recruiting in Hyattsville, MD. Cook retired on November 11, 1977, on the USS California.
In the 20 years he was stationed on USS Cassing Young, USS Bristol, USS Arcadia, USS Luce, Naval Amphibious, Naval Amphibious Base, Little Creek, VA, USS Telfair, USS Taconic, USS Shadwell, Naval Air Station Bermuda, Navy Recruiting District Washington, DC, USS California and retired on the USS Never sail #Onthecouchnow.
He started his second career working for the U.S. Postal Service, in Riverdale, then at the Southern Maryland facility in Capitol Heights, MD. He retired 15 years later.
In his abundant free time, he enjoyed sitting on the front porch keeping an eye on his neighbors. He became a master of our ancestry research. Despite being a quiet man, he was easily liked by all because he had a quick wit and humor.
Dad was proud to have served in the U.S. Navy and even more proud of his family, friends and neighbors who became family.
In lieu of flowers please make donations in Vernon Cook’s name to:
Hyattsville Volunteer Fire Department, Inc. or the American Cancer Society.