Cook, Frank R. (Tom) (January 2, 1914 - July 3, 1971)

Last rites held for Tom Cook

Douglas Budget - July 8, 1971

Final rites for Frank R. (Tom) Cook, 57, were held Tuesday, July 6 at the United Methodist Church in Douglas, with the Rev. C. Daniel Clark officiating. Tom, a Douglas native well-known by many, died July 3 at Converse County Memorial Hospital following an illness of two months.

Tom was born Jan. 2, 1914 to early day Converse County ranchers, Louis and Catherine Crum Cook. As a boy, he lived on the family ranch until his parents moved to their town residence at 314 Pine Street, built by Tom's father about 1910. Tom attended South Grade School, and was a 1935 graduate of Converse County High School.

He was a member of the mechanized division of the Wyoming National Guard prior to enlisting for active duty during World War II. Following four years military service, he returned to Douglas where he had since made his home.

At the time of his death, Tom was associated with Peyton-Bolln Grocery where he had been employed for over 20 years. He was a member of the Methodist Church, a past commander of Samuel Mares Post No. 8, American Legion, the Casper Elks Lodge No. 1353, and was a member of the Wyoming Pioneer Association.

An ardent sportsman and bowler, he was a member of the local Rifle Club and belonged to the Douglas Bowling League through which he had won many trophies. He was also a charter member of the Gaffers Club.

Survivors include his mother, Mrs. Katherine S. Cook, who resides at her Douglas home; one sister, Mrs. Harold (Catherine) McColl, LaMirada, Calif.; one brother, Ralph D. (Kelly) Cook, Worland; two nieces, Mrs. Norman (Jo Ellen) Deveraux, Worland, and Mrs. Michael (Danise) McKennett, Greshman, Oregon; a nephew, Craig White, Corvallis, Oregon; and one great-nephew, Anthony Deveraux, Worland. He was preceded in death by his father, Louis in 1948, and by his brother, Louis C. Cook, Jr., in 1953.

Active pallbearers were Don Cook, Butch Bolln, Glen Wilcox, John Nida, Joe Shinmori and Bud Paronto. Serving as honorary pallbearers were Otto (Beef) Bolln, George Wills, Dave Nauman, Paul Curtin, Walt Murphy, Tom Curtin, Clyde Krivanec and Jack Cuthbertson.

Burial was in Douglas Park Cemetery, with military rites conducted by the local post of the American Legion.


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