Following Brad’s wishes, no services will be held. A private family burial will be held at a later date at Summit Cemetery in Morris.
Bradley Allen Cook was born on July 15, 1956, in Morris, Minnesota to Robert and Laurine (Fynboh) Cook. Brad was baptized and confirmed in his faith at the Methodist Church in Chokio, Minnesota. Brad was raised on the family farm near Alberta, Minnesota, and received his education in Chokio, graduating with the Chokio-Alberta High School, class of 1974. Following his schooling, he farmed and had two water conditioning businesses; the first being WaterCare, where he received an award for his accomplishments with his growing business at the WaterCare Convention in Manitowoc, Wisconsin. On March 29, 1975, Brad was united in marriage to Diane Wells at Faith Lutheran Church in Morris. To this union, two daughters were born: Jennifer and Angela. Brad wasn’t afraid to try something new – he took helicopter flying lessons, was an independent contracting, and was a delivery driver. Brad also had his real estate license and when his kids were growing up, he had rental properties and did many up keeping projects on those houses with his family, parents and extended family.
Brad loved to travel, especially to the Black Hills of South Dakota, keeping up on current events, telling jokes, gardening, talking on the phone with friends and family, going for drives with his daughter Jennifer – often getting a treat at the Dairy Queen, going out to eat with DeeDee, and meeting up with Angie and Carlysia for shopping trips. Brad also enjoyed talking about all the family pets, reminiscing about pets, pet sitting for family and friends and mostly, taking his dog, Sly, for rides and country walks. When the news reports announced the prediction of chances of viewing the Northern Lights, Brad and Jen would often go for drives trying to spot them. When the girls were growing up, Brad always welcomed all friends and family into their home and enjoyed gatherings. In his later years, Brad delivered flowers and volunteered as a Meals on Wheels driver.
Brad died unexpectedly at his home on Monday, May 22, 2023, in Morris. He was 66 years old.
He is survived by his daughters: Jennifer Cook of Morris, and Angela Cook of Hancock; one granddaughter, Carlysia Cook of Hancock; former wife and friend, Diane ‘DeeDee’ Wells; one sister, Linda Cook of Morris; his double cousins: Pat (Steve) Storck and Larry Fynboh; and many nieces, nephews, cousins, and other extended family. He is preceded in death by his parents, Robert and Laurine Cook; sister, Laurie Kaehler; and brother, Thomas Cook.