LeRoy “Lee” Nick Crook, 71, West Liberty
Obituaries · September 14, 2017

LeRoy “Lee” Nick Crook, 71, passed away Friday, Sept. 8, 2017.

A memorial mass will be held 10 a.m. Saturday, Sept. 16, 2017, at St. Joseph Catholic Church in West Liberty. Following the mass, a visitation and time of fellowship will be held in the Parish Life Center (north side of the church, using the east and west doors) from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Online condolences may be made to the family at The Henderson-Barker Funeral Home in West Liberty is assisting the family with the arrangements. Memorials may be made to the West Liberty Fire Department.

Lee was born Dec. 17, 1945, in Dodgeville, Wis., the son of Virgil and Alice (Meyer) Crook. He was a graduate of the University of Wisconsin-Platteville. On Sept. 7, 1970, he was united in marriage to Carol M. Needham. Lee served in the U.S. Army, stationed in Germany from 1966-68.

He had been employed with Oscar Mayer in Madison, Wis., and Perry, Iowa, Louis Rich Foods in West Liberty, and most recently, NSF International in Ann Arbor, Mich.

Lee had great love for his family and this was most important to him. He and his wife, Carol, have traveled to 49 states, Europe and Canada. Lee enjoyed vacationing with his family and grandchildren. He was well known as “Tom” with Tender Tom’s Turkey on RAGBRAI for 30 years. He was BIG at heart and loved sharing and making memories with so many family and friends. Lee was an avid fisherman, pheasant hunter and had a great appreciation for the outdoors. Lee was a member of St. Joseph Catholic Church and the American Legion Post No. 509.

Survivors include his wife, Carol; son Brian (Toni) Crook of West Liberty; three grandchildren: Jessica, Olivia and Josh; siblings: Donna Hopkins of Spring Green, Wis., Marie (Earl) Murphy of Mt. Horeb Wis., Albert (Karen) Crook of Palatine, Ill., DuWayne (Colleen) Crook of Jackson Hole, Wyo., Marilyn (Irv) von Allmen of Dodgeville, Wis., James Crook of Lone Rock, Wis., Howard (Kathy) Crook of Fitchburg, Wis., and Melvin (Karen) Crook of Merrimac, Wis.; brother-in-law Charlie Van Fossen; and many nieces, nephews and relatives.

He was preceded in death by his parents; two infant grandchildren, Emily and Justin; siblings Edward Crook and JoAnne Van Fossen; sister-in-law Doris Crook; and brother-in-law Bill Hopkins.

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