Joseph “Pete” Cook, age 82 of New Richmond, died on Sunday, January 29, 2012 at the Deerfield Gables in New Richmond. He was born the son of Joseph and Lena (Schiefelbein) Cook on January 30, 1929 in Somerset, WI. He was a graduate of New Richmond High School. He joined the Army, and served in Korea. After returning from service, he went to work for Whirlpool in St. Paul, MN where he worked until retiring in 1984. Pete moved to New Richmond in the early 1970’s where he met Beverly Route. They were married on October 20, 1975. He was a member of the New Richmond VFW. Pete enjoyed walking, playing cards, making latch hook rugs, fishing and camping with family. He was a kindhearted caring person who loved to laugh and be around people. He is preceded in death by his parents; wife, Beverly Cook; daughter, Laurie Anderson; siblings, Myrtle Fisher, Lois Hinz, Jimmy Cook, and Jerry Cook. Pete is survived by his children, Richard Hacken of New Richmond, Alvin (Debbie) Hacken of Newport, MN, and Carrie (Mick) Shore of New Richmond; grandchildren, Alvin (Katie) Hacken, Don Hacken, John (Katie) Hacken, Tracy (Joe) Nelson, Dan (Cresha) Anderson, Leanne (Jeff) Ziegeweid, Elliot Paulsen; 6 great-grandchildren; siblings, Minnie Larson of Star Prairie, Rita Haines of Stillwater, MN, Gladys Knight of Stillwater, MN, Vera Wulf of Osceola, Bernie (Delbert) Singerhouse of Hudson, Jeanette Fletch Hudson; and many nieces, nephews, relatives and friends. A Memorial Mass of Christian Burial was Saturday, February 4, 2012 at 1:00 pm at Immaculate Conception Catholic Church in New Richmond. Memorial visitation was also on Saturday from 12:00-1:00 pm at the church. Interment was in New Richmond Cemetery. In lieu of flowers memorials are preferred. Arrangements are with Bakken-Young Funeral & Cremation Services Beebe Chapel of New Richmond.