The Cook Family has a heritage spanning three generations of helping families navigate their way through grief. To be able to care for people in such a difficult time is a privilege and a calling for us.
Everything we do is geared toward healing as you honor a loved one. We are a full-service funeral and cremation service emphasizing the value of the path toward healing for the living.
Larry Kubiak, Fred Cook and Ron Cook II
Larry Kubiak served the Wayland and Dorr communities for over thirty years as the owner of Archer, Hampel, Kubiak Funeral Homes. In 2012, he sold the business to Fred Cook and Ron Cook II. Larry had confidence that with Cook's history of service excellence he was leaving his legacy of service in good hands. Remaining an active part of the community, Larry has continued as an important part of Kubiak-Cook's services.
Ron grew up in a family of funeral directors. Today, he continues the Cook tradition, beginning a third generation of leadership and commitment. When Ron realized what funeral service was really all about - Community, Healing, Excellence, Trust, Family - he became incredibly passionate about it.
Ron attended Grand Valley State University and earned his Mortuary Science degree at Cincinnati School of Mortuary Science. Ron strives daily to incorporate his faith into his work for the benefit of our staff and the families we serve.
Mary understands that helping families heal involves a team of dedicated employees. She enjoys working with a staff that is committed to providing excellent care to both our families and to the community. Mary finds it heartwarming and encouraging to read the many notes of appreciation from our families for the caring attention they received.
As a funeral director, Dan Larson listens to the needs of each family and helps them design a perfect tribute for their loved one. Dan walks with families through every step of the funeral and memorial process. His many years of experience in the funeral profession helps him understand loss and grief as he provides compassionate care and comfort to families during a most difficult time.
Since choosing funeral service as a career, Greg Tessmer has found unique opportunities to help families uphold their individual traditions and celebrate memories of a loved one. Greg understands the many options available for creating a distinctive service. He is committed to providing families a nurturing and healing atmosphere that begins to help ease the grieving process.
The days following the death of a loved one can be overwhelming. Mike is committed to helping families honor their loved one as they gather, reflect and celebrate their life. He understands the value of providing an opportunity for tears, memories and even laughter to help cleanse the pain of loss.
Don's empathy and commitment to families as they walk through the funeral planning process together is tangible. He listens, connects, and relates to allow for the creation of a meaningful tribute for their loved one. His skills as a funeral director assist in helping families heal.
Josh Lackey grew up with a passion for helping people. Since discovering that funeral service is dedication to helping people in the community, he is dedicated to walking alongside with families as they remember and celebrate their loved ones' lives. Josh also strives to incorporate his faith in the day-to-day connections with the families he serves.
Keith helps families design a service that reflects their loved one's life in the most personal and memorable way possible. He understands that the death of someone entrusted to our care deserves to be treated with the utmost dignity and respect.
OFFICE AND FUNERAL SERVICE ADMINISTRATION
Greeting guests with a warm and inviting smile, a listening ear, and genuine compassion can make all the difference in the world to families as they step into our doors for the first time. Chona is available to answer your questions regarding billing, death certificates, insurance policies, and other general concerns you may have. She also assists in applying for veterans’ benefits, including a burial flag, Presidential memorial certificate, burial and plot allowance, and headstone or marker information.
Gary Leyendecker comes to Monuments by Kubiak-Cook after nearly 4 decades serving people with care and friendship in 3 different churches. His lifetime dedication to serving people with genuine care and integrity matches the vision and values that are fundamental to Kubiak-Cook Family Services. Gary is committed to helping you create a selection which beautifully reflects the life lived by your loved one and serves as an encouragement to you in your grieving process.
Rachel understands that planning for your funeral in advance is one of the most thoughtful gifts you can give your family. Rachel comes to us with many years of experience serving our community through Bible Study Fellowship. She enjoys helping area families now as part of the Kubiak-Cook team.
Kelly understands the value in creating a tribute for a loved one. She walks alongside families by tending to the many details that create a lasting memory for each family. As part of Kelly’s commitment to families, she meets with many of them after their services to provide continuing care in the days that follow. Kelly also contributes to our community by organizing and participating in local events that benefit our veterans, widows and widowers.