William A. “Bill” Cookenmaster, 92, of Pentwater

February 2, 2024

Bill Cookenmaster

William A. “Bill” Cookenmaster, 92, of Pentwater

William A. “Bill” Cookenmaster passed away peacefully, at home, on January 28, 2024.  He was born June 14, 1931, to Vivian (Stovel) and Thurber Cookenmaster, in Caro.

After graduating from Caro High School, he joined the U. S. Navy in 1951.  After serving for four years, he entered Western Michigan University, graduating with a degree in accounting.  Bill was an Internal Revenue Service Agent until his retirement and then worked several part-time jobs in the Kalamazoo area.

Eighteen years ago, he was able to move to Pentwater to enjoy his retirement with his wife, Shari; sister-in-law, Lynne; and his children and grandchildren. Bill enjoyed playing golf, bowling, looking at Pentwater Lake during all the seasons, tending to his cats, and walking his dogs.

Bill leaves behind his best friend and wife, Shari (Tate) Cookenmaster; sister, Marilyn (Don) Kay; sister-in-law, Lynne Cavazos; step-daughter, Sara (Jarrett) Rice and son, Alex; step-son, Nick Moleski and children, Jackson and Elaina; son, Michael (Rachel) Cookenmaster and children, Caitlyn and Cale; daughter, Michelle (Phil) Dratt and children, Daryn and Dayton; and nieces and nephews.

He was preceded in death by: his parents; sister, Joanne Pogel; granddaughter, Tatum Moleski (Rice); and grandson, Dalton Dratt.

Shari would like to extend a very special thank you to her sister, Lynne, Harbor Hospice, and Oceana County Council on Aging for their love and unwavering support.

At Bill’s request there will be no service or visitation.  A Celebration of Life will be held in the spring at the Oceana County Council on Aging (OCCOA).

Memorial contributions may be made to Oceana County Council on Aging, 4250 W. Tyler Rd., Hart or Harbor Hospice of Muskegon, 1050 W. Western Ave., Suite 400, Muskegon, MI 49441.

Beacon Cremation & Funeral Service, King-Hart Chapel, is in charge of arrangements.