Cooksey, John B. (June 18, 1921 - April 24, 1986)

John B. Cooksey

Douglas Budget - May 8, 1986

Services for John B. Cooksey, formerly of Casper, who for the past 12 years has lived on the family ranch south of Newcastle, will be held at the United Methodist Church in Newcastle with the Rev. John Olenyik officiating.

Mr. Cooksey died April 24 following surgery involving a malignant brain tumor. He was born to Collett (Mose) Cooksey and Irene Bennett-Cooksey on June 18, 1921 in Newcastle.

He attended schools in Niobrara County, Edgemont, South Dakota, and pre-flight school in Ames, Iowa.

During World War II, he served as an Aviation Machinist mate on an aircraft carrier on the South Pacific, and was awarded several medals.

After seven years in the Navy, he returned to the States and married Grace Dutrow of North Platte, Neb. on Aug. 19, 1953. Their son Donald R. was born Sept. 7, 1954 at Rock Springs where John worked for Halliburton Oil Well Servicing until they moved to Casper. There, he owned and operated an F.A. and V.A. approved Flight School later extending his operation to Douglas in 1972. In 1974 he moved to the home ranch to care for his widowed mother. From the ranch he took a pipeline contract which he honored for 11 years.

He had 40 years experience as a pilot and flight instructor.

Survivors include his widow, Grace; his mother, Irene, at the family ranch south of Newcastle; his son Donald R. of Newcastle; and many nieces and nephews; also an aunt, Grace MacDonald of Oregon.

Burial will be at the family ranch. Memorials in his memory, to construct a family burial plot, may be made to the family, or flowers will be appreciated.

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