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Fred William Cool


February 14, 2018

Fred William Cool, age 90, passed away at Whidbey General Hospital in Coupeville, Wash., from a head injury. He peacefully joined his Lord and Savior on Thursday, Jan. 25, 2018.

A cremation has taken place and a memorial service will follow at a later date in Glasgow, Mont.

Fred was born in Larslan, Mont., on Nov. 12, 1927, to Frederick and Ruth (Borum) Cool. He attended Harmony Grade School in Larslan and graduated from Glasgow High School. He attended college at North Central Bible College (NCBC) in Minneapolis, Minn., where he obtained his ministerial degree.

While attending NCBC, Lois Montag and her friends wanted a ride to the park. Lois knew that Fred had a Buick, so she asked him for a ride. Fred, already her secret admirer, gladly accepted and they were soon dating. He and Lois married on Sept. 29, 1951, in Lois' hometown of Oshkosh, Wis. They were happily married for 66 years.

After their wedding they resided in Oshkosh. He and Lois were blessed with a son, Stephen Monte Cool, on July 15, 1952. On September 24, 1954, Wesley Frederic Cool joined their family. Upon Fred's dad's sudden death in December 1954, the Cools lived in Larslan during the farming season to help with the family farm. During the rest of the year, they resided at their home in Oshkosh. In 1962, the Cool family permanently moved to Larslan to run the farm and raise sheep and pigs. Wendi Jo joined their family on Oct. 4, 1965. Fred started Cool's Backhoe Service in 1975. He and Lois resided in their Larslan home until 2014 when they moved to Coupeville, Wash., to be closer to their daughter and son-in-law.

Fred was a member and deacon of the Assembly of God Church in Glasgow. Fred's relationship with Jesus Christ was the most important decision in his life. He lived a Christ-filled life. He believed that it was important to read his Bible and pray at the beginning of every day. If you had the privilege of meeting Mr. Cool, you and your family were automatically added to his prayer list. He lived a life that reflected Christ and the Bible was his guide. He loved to joke and tease. He always had a smile to share and left an impression on everyone he met. He loved his family.

He is preceded in death by his parents, Frederick and Ruth; two sisters, Dorothea Alice Bertelsen and her husband, Verner, and Violet Mae Belling and her husband, Olaf; a grandson, John Wesley Cool; his father-in-law, John Montag and mother-in-law, Esther (Schroeder) Montag; and a brother-in-law, John Montag, Jr.

Survivors include his wife and sweetheart of 66 years, Lois, of Coupeville; a son and his family, Stephen Cool and his wife, Carol, of Glasgow, grandsons Joseph and his wife, Jennifer, of Bardstown, Ky., and Justin and his wife, Amanda, of Calais, Maine; a son and his family, Wesley Cool and his wife, Jackie, of Glendive, and grandson Treven and his wife, Alicia, and great-grandchildren, Peyton and Conall of Glendive, and granddaughter Trenna Antonelli and her husband, Bob, and great-grandchildren Jayden, Genesis, Noelle and Gabrielle of Rifle, Colo .; and a daughter, Wendi Tow (Mike Anderson) of Oak Harbor, Wash., grandson Micah Tow and his wife, Alexis Elsevier, of Oak Harbor and granddaughter Chelsi Simpson and her husband, Sean, of Pinehurst, N.C .; a sister-in-law, Joanne (Montag) Ohlin and brother-in-law, John Ohlin of Springfield, Miss .; a cousin, Conrad Eckert and his wife, Carol, of Stevensville, Mont., and many other cousins.

Arrangements in Washington were entrusted to Wallin Funeral Home in Oak Harbor, Wash. Please visit Fred's page in the Book of Memories online at to share memories and leave condolences.


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