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 difficult time is a privilege and a 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 30 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 excellence service he was leaving his legacy in good hands. Remaining an active part of the community, Larry has continued as an important part of Kubiak-Cook's service.
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.
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.
The days following the death of a loved one can be overwhelming. Joe 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.
MONUMENT & MARKER SPECIALIST
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.
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. Sandy acts as an ambassador for Kubiak-Cook where she provides reception services in addition to her bookkeeping responsibilities.