William Roland Cooke

Jul 16, 1926 - Jan 26, 2015


William “Bill” R. Cooke, July 16, 1926 – January 26, 2015. Loving husband to wife Dorothy and devoted father to Angie (Art), Michael (Margaret) and Cathi. Proud great/grandfather to 20 grand- and great-grandchildren. Bill was the kindest and gentlest person you would ever know. Active golfer, bowler and gardener. Now he is a Sweet William in God’s flower garden. Retired from the Bureau of Reclamation as a groundwater geologist . Bill was proud to serve his country in the United States Airforce.

A memorial service will be held on Wednesday, February 4th at 2:00 at the Cornerstone Community Church, 3245 Cottage Way in Sacramento. In lieu of flowers the family asks that any gifts be made to the Alzheimer’s Disease Center, UC Davis Health System, 4900 Broadway, Suite 1150, Sacramento 95820.

Funeral Home:
East Lawn Mortuary
5757 Greenback Lane
Sacramento, CA
US 95841


  • Teresa says:

    God bless and keep the Cooke family closely tucked at His side. Prayers of comfort lifted

  • Angie says:

    Daddy – my cup runneth over! I’m so thankful God chose me for you!

    Always and forever!


  • Angie says:

    Thank you T! I’m glad you were able to meet my parents!

  • Vi Hillman says:

    If Bill was anything like you, Angie, he had a heart of gold and now one of God’s angels. Please give your mom a hug and kiss for me. May God comfort you with his love.

  • Lon says:

    Bill’s soft personality mimicked our mother’s. It was so easy to be around him under any circumstances. We will all miss him.

  • Kathy says:

    Such a kind and gentle man. I am so glad that he was my brother-in-law. It always felt more like brother. And I am so glad we moved to Sacramento for a few years from 1965 to 1968 and I got to know him. I was lucky to call him family.

  • Angie says:

    A Sweet William in God’s majestic garden – Making heaven even more beautiful! Thank you Dad!

  • Angie says:

    Thank you Vi! I will!

  • Margaret says:

    Bill was the best father in law a girl could ask for. His loving and generous nature always made me feel welcome. While he didn’t always have a lot to say, he loved being with the family and enjoying the silliness. Thank you for teaching your son to be the man that he is – I’m lucky to have married into the Cooke family. I will miss you, Bill.

  • Trisha says:

    My dear grandpa, how i will miss you… ill forever cherish how you taught me how to garden and make things grow….. i remember one summer we were out in the gardenand the cherry tomatoes were just perfectly ripe we couldnt stop eating them, and grandma would say save some for dinner! I love you very much grandpa and i miss you

    Love always and forever

    your loving granddaughter Trisha

  • Wilma says:

    Angie – I’m so sorry for your loss. My prayers for you and your family – remember ALL the wonderful times. Hugs to you, Wilma

  • Mary Prinzbach says:

    Angie, I am thinking of you and am so sorry for your loss. My thoughts and prayers are with you and your family. Hugs. Mary

  • Don says:

    Dear Uncle Daddy,You will always be uncle daddy to me. You were the only male role model for me. I sure was lucky. The best good man I have ever known. You helped our whole family. I will never forget all the wonderful things you did for me.Buying me baseball stuff when I was a kid,smoothing things over with Poppy and Dorthy when I was on their bad list, and being the voice of reason for all of us.I love you and feel diminished at you passing.Love Donald.(brother in-law)

  • Angie says:

    So everyone will know what Sweet Williams look like.

  • Trisha says:

    Grandpa, I remember the first time i went bowling with you and grandma. It was my turn and i ended up with a split… i thought there was no way to get both pins but you told me you believed i could do it and the next thing i know BOTH pins went down and i got a spare… I am gonna miss you so much and i will never forget you, i love you grandpa.

    I will be looking forward to the day we are all together again.

    I know you and will are together now and watching over the whole family.

  • Trisha says:

    mom i love you and wish i could give you a hug… i know i sure could use a hug from you right now

  • Darlene Slaby says:

    My deepest sympathy to Dorothy and the entire family. Regrettably, I have not had the privilege to personally know you, but, Don Popovich, my brother-in-law, has shared many wonderful stories depicting the special nature of your family. It is difficult and painful to lose someone we love, this I know, having loss many of my own. May JHN 3:16 be a comfort and reminder that we will be reunited with those we miss and in the interim, keep them close in heart. God Bless

  • Dorothy says:

    Darling husband, thank you for choosing me to be your soulmate.

    We shared 63 wonderful years, thanks for letting me be me.

    I Love You Very Much ~ You are always in my heart.

    Until we meet again.



  • Steve Alstrom says:

    The Cooke Family

    I was saddened to read of Bill’s recent passing. He was one of the nicest men I have ever met. I feel privileged to have known him and his family back in the 70’s. Hopefully your fond memories of Bill will help you during this sorrowful period.

    Steve Alstrom

  • Ruth says:

    God Bless Art, Angie and your extended families. We are many miles away across the Pacific but we have you close in our hearts. Thank you for taking us to visit your folks in Sacremento Angie, I have the beautiful picture I took of them in front of their home to look back on with fondness. Much love and endless hugs, just wish I could reach out to hold you. xx

  • Tyler says:

    We love you Grandpa! Miss you so much and we know that you are having the greatest time in Heaven right now! Golfing and Bowling with the greats of the games, and surround by all your friends having a wonderful time up there!

    Lots of Love!!

  • Trisha says:

    Grandpa how can I put into words how much I miss you? I know you are watching all of us where ever we are and making sure we are all safe and sound and it gives me great comfort knowing that you and will are together again as will the whole family will be one day. I miss and love you grandpa

  • Trisha says:

    Grandpa please watch over all of us wherever we all may be… My fiancé alex and I had to surrender our beloved Neytiri yesterday and it was really really hard… please keep an eye on her and help her get better so she can come home where she belongs we all miss her so much. I miss and love you grandpa tell my brother I said heand I love and miss him to

  • Cathi says:

    Daddy ~ you weren’t supposed to ever leave us, and you have not. You were such an awesome dad, I remember sooo many times spent with you as we were growing up. Teaching me to ride a bike, to roller skate, how to fish, how to grow a garden, how to make a kite, paper airplanes, how to use a slide rule, how to paint, etc. etc., the list goes on and on. But most of all, you showed me Love ~ always, even when I probably didn’t deserve it! I miss you as much as I Love you, but I want you to know that I’m not sad all of the time. I Rejoice, knowing that you are not suffering anymore, and that you are getting to experience the ultimate peace, and joy, and Love. Alzheimer’s is an awful disease, but we all learned so much as we went through it with you; as Angie said, even in your illness, and up to the very end, we learned what Love and family truly is all about. I Thank You for being my dad, my rock, and even my sanity at times. Thank You for being a wonderful grandfather to Sawyer, he loves you very much. I hope that I will get to see you again some day! You made life better by being here on earth, and I know that Heaven is even better now too. You will always be my hero.

  • Cathi says:

    Thank you for posting this Steve. I know that you have lots of memories with Daddy, including golfing and bowling. It was the saddest and happiest day of our lives when the Lord took him to Heaven.

  • Angie says:

    Dad – Thinking of you on the beautiful day. We all miss you so very much but know that you are complete and healthy and happy now. Love you all the way to heaven!

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