Frederick Willis Cook Jr.
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Frederick Willis Cook Jr., a World War II veteran and graduate of local schools, died Dec. 31 at Tracy Nursing and Rehabilitation Center after a short illness. He was 85.

As he had wished, no services are planned.

Mr. Cook was born Jan. 15, 1928, and his family moved to Tracy in the early 1930s. He attended the old Central School on Central Avenue, West Park School and Tracy High School, graduating in 1945. He served in the U.S. Navy at the end of World War II and again during the Korean War.

Mr. Cook was hired by Holly Sugar in 1949 as an electrician, earning promotions in 1960 to assistant master mechanic in Brawley and in 1967 to eastern district engineer at the company’s main office in Colorado Springs, Colo. He returned to Tracy as western division manager when the Western District Office opened in 1976, and he retired in 1993 after 44 years of service.

Mr. Cook was a member of the Tracy Breakfast Lions, Tracy Elks Lodge, American Legion and Veterans of Foreign Wars.

Survivors include his wife of 60 years, Elizabeth (Fairbanks) Cook; two daughters, Linda Beek of Cheyenne Wells, Colo., and Cynthia Adams of Monument, Colo.; two sisters, Frieda Dotson of San Pablo and Faith Simpson of Stockton; six grandchildren; and five great-grandchildren.

Preceding him in death were his parents, Opal Cook and Frederick Willis Cook Sr.; and a son, Frederick Wayne Cook.

Fry Memorial Chapel, 550 S. Central Ave., is handling arrangements, and a guest book can be found at

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