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Joseph "Joe" Lambert Cool

Joseph Lambert Cool was born on April 5, 1941, the sixth of ten children born to Michael and Alice (Lambert) Cool in the old Anna Maria Hospital. He was baptized and confirmed in the Christian faith at Holy Redeemer Catholic Church. He grew up in Marshall and graduated from Central Catholic High School in 1959. From the age of nine through high school, Joe worked at the Coke plant which was right across the street from his home. He began as a bottle washer and eventually became a route driver in the tri-county area. In 1964, Joe enlisted in the army and served for two years. Upon leaving the army, he began his clothing career working for Ed Marcotte at Ed’s Toggery. Joe was united in marriage to Doris Anderson from Cottonwood on June 20, 1970, at Holy Redeemer Catholic Church in Marshall. In 1971, Joe bought the building where his grandfather, Old Joe Cool, had operated Cool’s Tavern, and transformed it into Mister Cool’s Clothing. Joe loved his job and his customers. His outgoing, friendly personality, along with his clothing sense resulted in a very successful career for 43 years. His son, Brad, took over the business in 2012. Joe was Marshall’s number one booster for years serving on numerous downtown and city projects. He served as Chamber President from 1993 – 1994. In 1990, Joe received the Walton Business Leadership award which honored his commitment to customer service and concern for the community. He served on the Marshall Hospital Board of Directors and was a longtime Rotarian. Joe was also Vice President of Northwest Buyers, a menswear buying group headquartered in Minneapolis and consisting of over 300 retailers from the Midwest. Joe encouraged his sons in scouting and was Cub master for several years. He was committed to Marshall Youth and was a big booster of Marshall High School athletics. In 2007, he was inducted into the Pride in the Tiger foundation honoring his civic leadership and educational support. Joe was a wonderful husband and kind, supportive father to his two sons; Brad and Joe. He enjoyed golfing, biking, cars, cards, especially “Buck,” dancing, working at Mister Cool’s, and being with his nine siblings and many nieces and nephews. Joe died on Monday, March 26, 2018, at the Prairie Home Hospice Lockwood House in Marshall after a lengthy and courageous battle with Alzheimer’s disease. He is survived by his wife, Doris, of Marshall, son Brad Cool of Marshall and son Joe (and Kelly) Cool of Minneapolis, grandchildren Joey and Andi, brother Bob (and Trixie) Cool and sisters Jean Cool, Nancy Lewis, Colleen Macheledt and Mary (and Mike) Gade, many nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by his parents, brothers Ron, Dennis, Lawrence and John and brothers-in-law Jim Lewis and Ron Macheledt. In lieu of flowers, memorials preferred to Prairie Home Hospice of Marshall.

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Joe and I were friends when we served together in the 5th Infantry Division (Mech) in Ft. Carson, CO from '64 to '66. We didn't stay in touch after the Army, but I thought of him fondly, from time to time.

Kevin McKinney Sep 28 2020 4:48 PM

I will miss joe cool . I would always stop and try to see him when in marshall. doris my prays are with you and family. tim holy redeemer teacher.

Tim Burns Apr 3 2018 10:22 AM

Our condolences to Doris and the family. Joe was always upbeat, with a positive approach. He had a knack of always treating you as a special customer and it was enjoyable doing business with him. A good man and we know he will be missed. May he rest in peace.

Ron & Barb Labat Mar 28 2018 3:14 PM

We are sorry to hear of Joe's passing. We have so many memories of him (especially during the Scouting days!). Always a smile on his face! Our deepest sympathy to Doris and all the family. You are in our prayers.

Mark and Jill Erickson Mar 27 2018 3:08 PM

Doris and Family - My deepest condolences to you at this time. You are in my thoughts and prayers.

Jeny Bauer Mar 27 2018 10:55 AM

Doris, you and your family are in my thoughts and prayers. I enjoyed meeting Joe when shopping for clothes for my dad. No one could alter that short inseam better then Mr.. Cools. I always enjoyed talking with Joe and you at the Lockwood house and will never forget the night I wore the Mustang T-shirt.....and finally figuring out what Joe was pointing at. :) Rest in peace Joe!

Laurae Hively Mar 27 2018 10:08 AM

I will always remember the big smile and friendly welcome of Joe. He was a great man. My thoughts and prayers are with you all. Kris

Kris Burt (Kristy Oftedahl) Mar 27 2018 9:51 AM

Doris, you and your family are in our thoughts and prayers. Gary & Nancy Schmidt.

Gary & Nancy Schmidt Mar 27 2018 9:30 AM