John Douglas Cooke was born May 16, 1945, in Astoria, to Mildred Evelyn Niemela Cooke and Douglas Cooke. John attended Westport Elementary and Clatskanie High School then moved to Seaside his sophomore year, where he graduated from Seaside High School in 1963.
He graduated from the University of Oregon and then became a bank examiner in Southern California. In 1976, he invented a board game called "Double Option Cribbage," which he sold to a toy company. The sale of Double Option Cribbage allowed John to start his first accounting business: Cooke CPA.
He is survived by wife Annie Cooke; brother Bob Cooke; sister Carole Cooke Bass; children Jena Cooke, Michelle and Tim Wunderlich, and Monique and Richie Gangle; grandchildren Tandy and Jada Carrow, Annika, Riley and Madden Wunderlich, Hailie and Madisyn Gangle (they called him Opa). He enjoyed visits with his sister, Carol, and her grandchildren, Nicholas and Chirstina, and recently reuniting with his cousin, Mary Cooke Briggs. He had countless nieces, nephews and cousins who all loved him dearly.
John was a successful businessman, retiring from his last business, John Cooke, CPA, in 2012. He was always thankful for his faithful office manager, Tanja Sivley. He was an avid golfer and looked forward to golfing more during retirement. He really liked visiting with his friends and talking about the stock market and other current events. He loved clam digging, crabbing, watching the sunset, walking the Prom, and watching his grandkids in their various activities. He took many drives up and down the coast with the love of his life Annie. They traveled together to Europe, where he met more friends and family, and loved going to Mexico. He looked forward to many more trips with retirement.
John enjoyed gatherings at home there was always food and drinks and everyone was invited! At Christmas the grandkids would decorate the house and read "The 12 days of Christmas." Opa Jonny loved hearing the laughter and chaos. John was loved by all of us and will be missed every day. We have so many great stories and memories and will continue to remember him always.
At John's request, there will be no formal funeral services. Friends and family will gather for a private celebration of life.
In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to scholarship funds at the American Legion or the Elks Lodge.
Cheers Jonny it's 5 o'clock now.
Hughes-Ransom Mortuary Seaside
220 N Holladay