Name:   Ralph W. Cook

From:  The Sedalia Democrat, Sedalia, Missouri
Date:  Wednesday, October 26, 2005

Ralph W. Cook, 89, of Sedalia, died Saturday, Oct. 22, 2005, at Bothwell Regional Health Center.

He was born Aug. 22, 1916, in Lamar, a son of George E. and Lucy Watts Cook. He was married to Beulah Allen, who died earlier. Later, he was married to Lorraine New Brown, who also preceded him in death.

Mr. Cook was a member of the Broadway Presbyterian Church. He enlisted in the Army in 1936 and was assigned to the Army Air Corps. He re-enlisted in the Air Force and served for 24 years. He received an honorable discharge in 1960. He had received the National Defense Ribbon, World War II Victory Medal, Good Conduct Medal with silver clasp and the Air Force Longevity Medal with five oak leaf clusters. After his discharge from the Air Force, he went to work for Civil Service, where he worked until his retirement in 1987. He had a total of 51 years of service to the United States government. He was an avid stamp and coin collector. He enjoyed fishing and tying flies.

Surviving are two sons, Larry Alan Cook and Richard Neil Cook; two stepsons, Jody Brown, of Lee's Summit, and Danny Brown, of Denver; two nephews, Wayne Cook and Ed Cook, both of Sedalia; four grandchildren, Dianne Gurrola, of Middletown, Calif., Debi Mendoza, of Columbia, S.C., Ron Vale, of Santa Rosa, Calif., and Jessica Cook, of Tacoma, Wash.; and several great-grandchildren.

He was also predeceased by a daughter, Linda Faye Vale; a sister, Nellie L Cook; and a brother, Herman Cook.

Graveside services will be at 1 p.m. Thursday at Crown Hill Cemetery, with the Rev. Dr. Larry Wheeler officiating. Pallbearers will be Steve Cook, David Cook, Bill Cook, Paul Cook, Anthony Cook and James Vale. Military rites will be conducted by Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 2591. Friends may call after 9 a.m. Thursday at Ewing-Schutte-Semler Funeral Home.

The family suggests memorial contributions to the American Cancer Society.