Glenn Dale Cook passed away at Mission Arch Care Center on Jan. 24, 2013, after a very short illness.
Glenn was cremated pursuant to his wishes. His ashes will be interred at a private family service at a later date. A memorial service will be held on Saturday, Feb. 2, 2013, at 3 p.m., at the Ballard Funeral Home Chapel. A reception will be held following the memorial service at the Fraternal Order of Eagles, 3201 S. Sunset Ave.
Glenn was born Oct. 31, 1931, in Foster, Okla., to Paul R. Cook and Louella Anderson. Glenn, his mother and brother Jerry moved from Oklahoma to Melrose in 1947. He graduated Melrose High School in 1950. Glenn married Wanda Merline Brandon in Clovis, on Dec. 23, 1950. In 1952, he enlisted in the Army and served until 1954, at which time he received an honorable discharge.
During their marriage, Glenn and Wanda had three children. They celebrated their 62nd wedding anniversary on Dec. 23, 2012. At the time of his death Glenn had eight grandchildren, 21 great-grandchildren, one great-great-grandchild and two great-great-grandchildren on the way.
Glenn owned and operated a mobile home business in Roswell from 1960 to 1965, in Clovis from 1965 to 1978, and then again in Roswell, where he operated it for the past 34 years. Glenn owned the Blue Moon Trading Post on the Old Dexter Highway for approximately 10 years, until the time of his retirement in 1994. However, he continued to buy and sell mobile homes until the time of his death.
Glenn joined the Fraternal Order of Eagles in 1985 and continued to be an active member until his death. He enjoyed going by and having a “drink or two” at the end of the work day, until his health no longer permitted him his drive-by drink. He would drop by from time to time just to check in. He did enjoy having coffee every afternoon at McDonalds with friends. He was a Dallas Cowboys fan and an Arizona Diamondbacks fan. He spent many hours listening the “old, true” country music of Hank Williams, Buck Owens and Bob Wills and The Texas Playboys, because there was nothing good on television. He was an avid horse racing fan, frequenting Ruidoso Downs and Sunland Park as much as he could.
Glenn is survived by his wife of 62 years Wanda Merline Cook, of the home; his daughter Dalene Lucero and her fiancé Richard Barreras, of Roswell; his grandchildren, Michael Cook, of Carlsbad, T. J. Frederich and his wife Christy, of Clovis, Christopher Lucero and his wife Briana, of Roswell, and Amanda Cook, of Roswell; his stepgrandchildren, Frank Lucero Jr. and family, of Tulsa, Okla., Maria Garcia and family, of Tulsa, Robert Lucero and family, Irene Groves and family, Deserea Stone and Marive Lucero, of Roswell; is great-grandchildren, Shawn Cook, Andrea Cook, Jacob Cook, Grayson Frederich, Hayden Frederich, Ian Frederich, Aislyn Monk and Amiah Fuentes; his brother Jerry Cook and his wife Betty, of South Carolina; his sister-in-law Naomi Williams, of Clovis; and brother-in-law and sister-in-law Joe and Jimmie Nell White, of Albuquerque; and numerous cousins, nieces and nephews.
Glenn was preceded in death by an infant daughter Linda Cook; his son Roger D. Cook; his mother and father; and his mother-in-law and father-in-law.
The family would like to thank the staff of Mission Arch for their care and compassion for Glenn in his last days.
Arrangements have been entrusted to Ballard Funeral Home and Crematory. An online registry can be accessed at ballardfuneralhome.com.
To My Dad In Loving Memory
Quietly I am remembering you in the silence of my heart,
Each thought of you a treasure while we are apart.
At times I am filled with longing, your face I would love to see,
To feel your warmth, to hear your voice, to have you here with me.
But God has a plan; He created you and numbered all your days.
May He hold you in His loving arms and surround us with His grace.
With the hope of a reunion in Heaven again one day,
I entrust you in His care.
Cherished memories of you live on in my heart.
Life is a gift we shared.