Cook, Robert Kenneth (February 13, 1922 - October 10, 1950)

Kenneth Cook Dies In Hunting


Douglas Budget - October 12, 1950

The community was shocked Tuesday evening to learn of the accidental death earlier in the day of Kenneth Cook, son of Mr. and Mrs. D.C. Cook. He was 28 years of age.

Exact details of the tragedy are not known since Kenny was hunting alone at the time he was killed, but the Albany county coroner, who investigated the accident, concluded that he accidentally shot himself in the neck with a .22 caliber rifle while crawling through a fence. Death was apparently instantaneous. His body was found Tuesday afternoon about 3:00 by a rancher, approximately 8 miles from Laramie in the vicinity of Sand Creek.

Kenny, who was an associate professor of zoology at the University of Wyoming, had attended classes Tuesday morning and had gone hunting in the afternoon seeking rabbits and other specimens for his zoology class. As far as is known, no one saw him from the time he left Laramie until his body was found an hour or two later.

Survivors include his parents and a brother, Donald, all of Douglas.

Robert Kenneth Cook was born at Douglas, Febr.13, 1922. He attended the Douglas elementary schools and graduated from Converse county high school. During World War II, he served as a navigator on a bomber in the army air force. During a raid in 1944, he was shot down over enemy territory in Europe and was a prisoner of war until 1945 when he was liberated by Allied troops. He returned to the States and received his discharge in October, 1945, with the rank of 1st Lieutenant.

Following his discharge from service, Kenny enrolled at Cornell University in New York State, receiving his B.S. degree in 1949. He was awarded a graduate professorship in zoology at the University of Wyoming and since that time has been working on his Master's degree. He was so engaged at the time of his death.

Kenney was a member of the Methodist church, Masonic lodge, American Legion and Veterans of Foreign Wars.

Funeral services will be held tomorrow(Friday) afternoon at the Methodist church at 2:00 o'clock, with Rev. A. Thomas Hurley officiating. Burial will be in the family plot in Douglas Park cemetery with full military honors.


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