Cook, Billy Ray (April 23, 1938 - January 28, 1998)

Billy Ray Cook

Douglas Budget - February 11, 1998

Funeral services for Billy Ray Cook, 59, were Jan. 31 at Restoration Fellowship Church with Pastor Ron Blain officiating.

Interment was in Douglas Park Cemetery.

Mr. Cook died Jan. 28 at his home in Douglas following a lengthy illness.

He was born April 23, 1938, in Salida, Colo., to Harold Joseph and Edna Elsie (Cantrill) Cook. He was reared and educated in Salida and Canon City, Colo.

He was employed in underground mining in Walden, Colo., where he married Judith B. Hunter on Dec. 24, 1958.

They moved to Grants, N.M., and resided there for seven and a half years, working for Homestake Sapin Partners. The next moved was to Cortez, Colo., where he was involved with lease mining for two years. They moved back to Grants for a short time, then to Riverton for seven years, mining for Sigma Teton. In 1975, they moved to Douglas, where he worked for Harrison Western and United Nuclear. He started his own welding company, Bill Cook Welding, in 1981, which he operated until the time of his death. He enjoyed hunting, fishing, bowling and horses.

He is survived by his wife, Judy, of Douglas; children Harold "Jack" Cook, Julie Varland and Billy Joe Cook, all of Douglas, and Mona Kay Yates of Denver; sisters, Dorothy Wallis of Denver, Lela Metzger of Durango, Colo., Ruth Feaster of Grants and Grace Edwards of Canon City; and 13 grandchildren.

He was preceded in death by his parents and three brothers.

Serving as pallbearers were Keith Ivester, Davey Jones, Frank Pexton, Bob Heimann and Bob Stoddard. Memorials to NMC Continue Care, 530 Oak Street, or to Converse County Cancer Fund, Box 49, Douglas, would be appreciated by the family.

Converse Funeral Chapel of Douglas was in charge of arrangements.

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