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John William “Johnny” Cook II

December 16, 1994 - October 3, 2020

John William “Johnny” Cook II, age 25, of Elkton, MD, passed away suddenly on Saturday, October 3, 2020.

Born in Elkton, MD on December 16, 1994, he was the son of John William and Joy Lynn (Simper) Cook, Sr. Johnny was a graduate of Elkton High School in 2012. He proudly served in the United States Army during the Afghanistan War. Johnny earned his Bachelor’s degree, and would have soon obtained his Master’s Degree, in Architectural Engineering from Drexel University.

Johnny was a kind hearted and genuine person. He always went out of his way to make everyone feel welcome and like family. Johnny would often be willing to be lend a helping hand to anyone who needed it. His warm smile and memorable laugh brightened any room he entered. Johnny loved to travel and was very driven, he juggled school, home and his personal life with ease. Johnny had big dreams and wanted to make the most out of his life. He will be greatly missed by his family and friends.

Johnny is survived by his parents, John William and Joy Lynn Cook, Sr. of Elkton, MD; sister, Crystal Cook of North East, MD; paternal grandmother, Jackie Cook of Wilmington; and many aunts, uncles, cousins and friends.

A visitation will be held for family and friends from 11 am until 1 pm on Sunday, October 11, 2020, at Spicer-Mullikin Funeral Home, 1000 North DuPont Parkway, New Castle, DE. Face masks will be required for all in attendance. Services and interment will be held privately.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made in Johnny’s memory to the Wounded Warrior Project, P.O. Box 758517, Topeka, KS 66675.

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30 Condolences for John William “Johnny” Cook II

  • I am sorry to hear about Johnnie. What a wonderful young man he was. My heart hurts for all of you, John,Crystal, and Joy. Please know my family is thinking of you.

  • My brother, I am going to miss you. Going to miss spending time you with and eating crabs, playing video games, goofing off and having fun. I’m sorry this happened when your entire life was ahead of you. I love you man. Hold my spot for me.

  • Heaven has surely gained yet another angel way too soon. RIP Johnny, you are missed so much!

  • Peace be with you Johnny. All our Love Always. Love Mom, Rich, And the entire family.

  • John was just a good kid and just a good friend to my son Justin! Gone way to soon. I’m sure he and Justin are wrestling in Heaven! My thoughts are with his family and friends. 💕

  • You were beyond a kind soul and wonderful person. No one has anything but beautiful things to say about you. You will be forever missed, but you will live in our hearts. Thank you for being a bright soul while you were with us on this earth. I know your in a good place. Someone as great as you was welcomed with open arms. I keep your friends and family in my prayers and cannot thank you enough for how kind you were and how happy you made everyone. Always smiling and always making people smile where you went. Always strong in spirit and soul. Rest in peace good man!

  • Heaven gained an amazing angel. I will never forget you or that amazing smile and the many memories of you hanging out with the kids at Dusty’s. They don’t make them much better than you Johnny and this will be felt for a long time. I am very glad my children got to be a part of your life. And I thank you for the joy you brought to all the lives you touched. We all love you and will miss you.

  • God has a great guy now who will be looking over all of us sending prayers to the family

  • It’s very difficult to lose a child. I lost my child at 17. It’s a pain and emptiness that never leaves you. It’s an unfillable hole. My his memory and spirit shine bright

  • John man its still hard to believe love you man and I hope peace comes to your family. Will meet again one day

  • So sorry to hear of your loss. Stay strong. Our strength and prayers are with you.
    Donna and Wayne Smith

  • My condolences to the family ♥️ I’ll never forget the days on Hearthstone

  • I was Crystal’s & John’s 4th grade teacher at Holly Hall Elementary. John was a great kid and a friend to everyone. I am so proud of all of his accomplishments. It’s obvious that he was destined for great things. My deepest sympathy to the family.

  • Sending all the love and prayers to the entire Cook family. I had the privilege of working with and spending a lot of weekends with John doing what he loved; watching football and dancing. He was a kind soul that always made me smile. He was always welcome in my home and so very respectful, quick witted and smart. Please save me a seat at Crab Fest John. My thoughts are with the entire family.

  • Prayers and Condolences to your family, so sorry for your loss. I was his Basic Training Drill Sergeant and you had such a great young man. Loved watching him grow through career and his accomplishments.

  • So sorry for your loss. You are all in my thoughts and prayers. We grew up on Hearthstone Dr. My sister and I were good friends with Crystal but Johnny was always by her side… we were so little, Crazy how time flies. May he rest in peace.

  • My sincere condolences to the family. Johnny was a bright energetic young man and obviously had a spice for life. Thank you Sir for your services and may you rest in peace! Thoughts and prayers to the family.

  • SPC Cook, It was an honor to serve with you. You were so dependable and intelligent. I was saddened to hear that you were leaving the Army, but I was happy that you were going to seek new adventures with your family. Your time in this world was cut far too short, however I consider myself fortunate to have gotten to know you and share some time with you on a drop zone, on a firing point, in the motor pool, or at the Battery. You will always be remembered to me as a Soldier that I could count on to get the mission done. It is so sad that you were taken from us so soon.

  • Greetings from the Office of Veteran Student Services at Drexel University.

    On behalf of Drexel University’s student-veterans and military connected community members, please accept our deepest condolences.

    For those that visited with him in the Masci Family Veterans Lounge, he will be missed and always remembered.

    Our hearts go out to John’s family and to all his friends who loved him dearly, his classmates and faculty who spoke so highly about him, his talent, his accomplishments, the joy he brought others and his character.

    The Office of Veteran Student Services will pay tribute to John in the year ahead in a more formal way as a community at Drexel. If you would like to be a part of the planning, please let me know as I would welcome your participation.

    Peace be with you and may John’s memories dwell in your heart and bring comfort.

    Rebecca Weidensaul
    Office of Veteran Student Services, Drexel University

  • Heaven gained an amazing paratrooper. You were an amazing soldier and artillery man with a bright future. I am proud to say that I have served with you both overseas and Alaska. Your family is in my prayers. Until we meet again brother. Rest In Peace

  • John,
    I love you and I miss you.
    May you know peace my brother.

  • John Cook, my son from another mother. You will forever be in my heart. Your smile, your sense of humor will remain with me. I am so proud of all your accomplishments and knew you were headed for greater things. I will miss hearing your voice when you enter the house “mom what do you have good to eat?” My heart is broken but I know the angels are singing to have you there among them. Loving you always.
    Mom Val

  • I had the honor and privilege of serving as his commander in Alaska from 2016-2017. The unit was pushed hard during that time while rapidly preparing for different missions. John was one of the younger and less experienced Paratroopers in the battery, but he was hungry and worked his tail off. His skill and leadership transcended his rank and age, and his talent helped him outshine the other 86 Paratroopers in the battery. His great sense of humor, care for others, and mischievous smile are still persistent in my memory. To his family: you raised him right. He was a great Paratrooper and an even better human. I share my condolences for your loss and extend my gratitude for having shared some time in this life with him.

  • Although I didn’t know you personally, I am a fellow Army veteran attending Drexel as well. I’m sorry to hear about your passing and I’m praying for your friends and family.

  • Even though it’s been years since we’ve seen you, our hearts broke when we learned of your loss. We remember John so well because our “boys” were friends and went to school together. What a wonderful boy he was and what an amazing young man he became. Our thoughts are with you.

  • I am so sorry you were taken so young, you had a great future ahead of you. You spent alot of time at my house after school and during summer, you were just “another one of my boys. ” You came over to visit even when my kids were at there Dads because you knew Bob was always sick and needed help with something. Im sure he welcomed you into Heaven, thank you for great memories, and helping with Bob. May your family remember all the good times to get through the sad times. rip John

  • sending prayers to the family

  • John I am so sorry to about your son. My heart goes out to you and your family.

  • I did not know Johnny personally or your family. I saw the cross and the flowers and everything today. My heart goes out to you and Your family. What a beautiful video and thank you to your son for serving our country.

  • John was a student of mine at Drexel. He was smart, engaged and friendly with a great sense of humor. He was so vital-it doesn’t seem possible that he’s gone. My heartfelt condolences to his family and friends.