Penwell Turner Funeral Home - Shelby, Ohio

Roger Dale Cook

Roger Dale Cook, age 86, of Shelby, died Monday, December 9, 2019 at his home.


Roger was born December 23, 1932 in Mansfield, Ohio, the son of the late Paul Leroy and Catherine Mae (Bradrick) Cook. He was a 1950 graduate of Union High School and was a veteran of the United States Army serving from 1953-1955. For Roger, his first love and job was farming. He was passionate about it and especially loved raising his Haflinger horses. In addition to farming, Roger also worked at Ohio Brass Company which became Mansfield Ferrous Casting from where he retired.


Roger’s personality was welcoming, and he was one to never meet a stranger. His distinct voice always allowed for his presence to be known. In retirement, Roger thoroughly enjoyed providing transportation to his friends in the Mennonite and Amish communities.


Roger is survived by 4 children: Debra “Cookie” Roberts of Mansfield, Carol Diane (Jeff) Roza of Ontario, Catherine (Bob) Schaffer of Shelby, and Michael (Karen) Cook of Shelby; 7 grandchildren; 12 great grandchildren; and 1 great great granddaughter; and 2 sisters: Mona Gaff of North Carolina and Loeta (Eddy) Pfau of Florida. In addition to his parents, Roger’s wife of 55 years, Margie L. (Smith) Cook, preceded him in death on March 11, 2008 along with a grandson, Paul Michael Roberts, and a brother: Paul Eugene “Gene” Cook.


Family and friends are welcome on Thursday, December 12, 2019 from 5-7 pm at the Penwell Turner Funeral Home, 168 West Main Street, Shelby, where funeral services will immediately follow at 7 pm. Pastor Ron Puff, Pastor of Pleasant Valley Baptist Church where Roger was a lifelong member, will officiate the services with military honors being provided by the Richland County Joint Veterans Burial Detail. Private family burial will be in Ganges Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to Pleasant Valley Baptist Church and left in care of the funeral home.


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Memories & Condolence

  1. Kelly Rupp says:

    Heaven truly did gain an angel. What a beautiful soul and presence he had! The legacy he has passed on to his family will continue for generations. I am so sorry for this earthly loss, but rest in the comfort of knowing he is reunited with Margie, and most importantly, in the arms of Jesus!

  2. Curtis James McFarland says:

    My deepest heartfelt condolences to the immediate and extended Cook family and their friends.
    It’s true,
    Mr. Cook, Roger, never met a stranger .
    I respected him and in return he treated myself as well as countless others in like manner.
    I enjoyed my working relationship with him
    25 + years ago.

  3. Linda Hostettler says:

    Roger taught our Sunday school many years and always gave us food for thought. I learned much from him. He was always bright and cheery with a smile. He and Margie raised a wonderful family who exemplify his Love for the Lord. Our loss on earth is Heaven’s gain. Phil 1:21 For me to live is Christ, and to die is gain.

  4. Patricia Holthaus says:

    I’m so sorry for your sadness. My heart is broken for you as loosing my dad was one of the saddest days of my life. Keeping you and your family in our thoughts and prayers. I wish there was something I could say or do to ease your pain. They say that time heals a broken heart, I say that time helps. My dad and your dad were two very special people in our worlds. It helps to think of our beloved family having one big celebration as your father entered Heaven’s gate. And in knowing that Aunt Margie is rejoicing to be reunited with the love of her life. I pray dear cousins for a peace that surpasses all understanding. May you know how very much you are loved. In His love, your loving family.

  5. Jan Kuhn says:

    I am so very sorry to hear your sad news. Your dad was a special man and wonderful neighbor. He will certainly be missed. But I imagine the heavenly reunion he is experiencing with your mom, family and savior is beyond description. Much love and prayers for all of you.

  6. Brian Vincent says:

    Such an honor to get to know Roger over the years. Always was willing to sit and chat over a cup of coffee. A great man who was always there for his family and friends. He will be greatly missed, but we will always have those great memories of him.

  7. sandy milum says:

    In memory of a longtime family friend, may your memories bring you peace in this time of sorrow. Chick (Thompson) Milum

  8. Cathy Cook Schaffer says:

    Dad, Time, it’s not getting easier with time, nightmares still rage on, but I know Dad you are better in heaven than here on Earth so time will finally quite the nightmares and memories will keep me strong. Love and miss you so much.

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