Cook, Donald D. (July 29, 1923 - June 9, 1986)

Don Cook

Douglas Budget - June 19, 1986

Funeral services for Don Cook were held at Christ Episcopal Church in Douglas June 12 with the Rev. Robert Nuhn officiating.

Graveside services followed at the Douglas Park Cemetery with the Samuel Mares Post No. 8 Color Guard presiding.

Mr. Cook died June 9 at Penrose Hospital in Colorado Springs, Col. following a short illness.

The son of Douglas c. and Bessie I. (Wilson)Cook, Mr. Cook was born July 29, 1923 in Douglas. He was reared and educated in Douglas, and was a graduate of Douglas High School.

Mr. Cook enlisted in the U.S. Navy in 1942, serving in both the European and Western Pacific theaters until 1948. In 1951 he was recalled for a year and a half, to serve in Korea and the Hawaiian Islands.

Mr. Cook was proud of hi Naval service, serving aboard on five different ships, touching 20 countries and compiling eight theater ribbons and medals, including the Good Conduct Medal and the Purple Heart.

Returning to his home town after his first tour Naval duty, he married Eva Turner on Feb. 23, 1949.

He worked at the Judevine Creamery of Douglas, and later at Converse County Bank for 35 years. Mr. Cook was a member of the Samuel Mares American Legion Post No. 8 of Douglas for 36 years, serving as adjutant for the last 20 years.

Besides his widow, Eva, of Douglas, he is survived by a son, Kelly of Colorado Springs, Colo.; two daughters, Cheryl Boespflug of Riverton, and Christine Smith of Colorado Springs, Colo.; and six grandchildren, Curtis and Jonathon Cook, Kaycee and Becky Boespflug, and Quintin and Danny Ferris.

Serving as pallbearers were Warren Goodrich, Jack Cuthbertson, Marion Lensen, Jack Rupe, Bud Turner, and Cecil Coe.

Serving as honorary pallbearers were Stan Mullinix, Bruce Johnson, Earl Shatto, Donnie Tarrell, Jim Saul, and Bill Foster.

Serving as a special honorary pallbearer was Dr. Charles Zinn.

A memorial to the American Cancer Society would be appreciated by the family.

A tribute to Mr. Cook from his family:"We, his friends and relatives, feel it is the right of all people, and most everyone's wish, to die with peace and dignity. And we may rest assured that Don did just that."

The Converse Funeral Chapel of Douglas was in charge of the arrangements.

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