Joe Jimi Cook
Joe Jimi Cook
July 18, 1974 - September 17th, 2019

Sargent Joe Jimi Cook of Mankato, MN died September 17, 2019, at the age of 45.

Joe was born July 18, 1974 in Mankato, MN and attended Minnesota State University, Mankato for a short period of time before enlisting in the United States Armed Forces. While in the army, Joe served as a medic during his deployments to South Korea and Iraq. Upon his return to civilian life, Joe continued his education at Dakota Country Technical College for electrical lineman work and worked for Xcel Energy for a time. Eventually, his medical fieldwork experience led him to pursue a degree through the Rasmussen School of Nursing. Upon graduation, Joe went on to work at St. Peter Security Hospital.

Like many who have served, Joe was diagnosed with post-traumatic stress disorder after his time in the service and sometimes struggled with its effects. But Joe will always be remembered for his intelligence, his sense of humor and for being both a joyous friend and a loving family member.

Joe is survived by his mother, Marcia King; father, Jim (Marcie) Cook; bothers John (Winona) King, Bill Cook, Brad Malvin; sister Jennifer (Malvin) Cederoth; several nieces and nephews and many friends. Joe is preceded in death by his grandparents.

Funeral arrangements were made by Woodland Hills Chapel with full military honors and interment services held at Fort Snelling National Cemetery September 23, 2019. A celebration life for Joe will be announced at a later date.
Published on September 28, 2019


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Marcia King , Mother
Oct 11, 2019
I'm very sorry about Joe's passing and miss him always...Joe planned his death for years according to his notes...So sad...
Ryan Collins
Oct 08, 2019
Joe was such a great friend to me and I regarded him as a brother. My sincere condolences to his family.
Barb and Marion Haayer
Oct 06, 2019
I remember the brothers as good kids. As a military medic Joe carried a heavy burden. Be at peace now, Joe.
William B. Cook 10/04/19
Oct 04, 2019
When Joe and I were in foster care 15/17 years old 1991. I think we both learned about how close brothers are. Joe wanted to buy a home and be an EMT. I have a life time of memories with Joe. As an owner-operator I lost a lot of family time. We both were born in mankato and continued to live in the area. Our other brother John was reintroduced to us both in 1991. No mother should have to bury her son! I will always have questions about the actual cause of his death. But any brother would.
One fond memory is living on a farm in ruthven Ia. 1992 and Joe John and I picking soy beans putting them in the oven to harden. We then cut 3 sock bottoms off filled and sewed them and had hacky S
...acks. While we listed to Joe's music (Jane's Addiction). Marcia-John and I dearly miss him and it was a huge shock to us. I have started to paint a 4 tone green guitar and put a CAMO stencil paint. I will also paint JOEmama on it as my last memory of my brother Joe.Read more
Ashley A.
Oct 02, 2019
Joe was a close friend who will be deeply missed. He had the kindest heart and any of his actions always had a positive intent. You will always be in my heart, rock on my friend.
Terri DesLaurier
Oct 02, 2019
Thinking of you all and sharing your sadness at the loss of Joe. May you find comfort in memories of happier times and in the love that surrounds you as you go through this difficult time.
Jason Alley
Oct 01, 2019
Joe was a great friend and will be deeply missed.
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Kristin P. RN
Oct 01, 2019
My deepest sympathy for you in this moment. Joe was a great coworker! He was funny, passionate, and I will miss his light at work. I began my career in nursing after losing my younger brother, also a veteran to suicide. I have never been the same since that day, but this tragedy has driven me to help others. I know this will forever change your lives and it will get manageable over time. Take time for yourselves and love each other. Don’t focus on the how or the why, cherish the good times and focus on positivity going forward. It feels like it won’t, but it does get easier.
Larry Cook
Sep 30, 2019
Fiery Lily and Rose was purchased for the family of Joe Jimi Cook by Larry Cook.  Send flowers
Sep 28, 2019
My deepest sympathy to the whole family. I am glad you told how he had some tough times after being in the service. It happens too often and we need to help our service people. I don't know any of you but again I am so sorry.