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Kenneth Ray Cook
December 15, 1926 ~ January 23, 2024 (age 97) 97 Years Old
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Kenneth Ray Cook, a cherished husband, father, grandfather, and friend, graced the earth with his presence on December 15, 1926, in the peaceful town of Onapa, Oklahoma. After a life marked by love, laughter, and the gentle wisdom he imparted to all who knew him, Kenneth passed away on January 23, 2024, in Henryetta, Oklahoma.
Kenneth was the beloved son born to Lucky Marshall and Bertha Mae (Morris) Cook, embodying the best qualities of his hardworking parents. His journey through life was characterized by a steadfast dedication to his family. Kenneth married Virgie Rose on November 19, 1948 in Fort Smith, Arkansas and together they shared 75 years together.
His life was further blessed with two sons, Charles Ray Cook and his wife Sandy of Claremore, Oklahoma, and Marshall Lee Cook alongside his wife Crystalyn of Henryetta, Oklahoma. Kenneth's world was enriched by the laughter and growth of his four grandchildren, Michael Cook of Tulsa, Oklahoma, Glenn Cook of New Jersey, Alicia Cook of Tulsa, Oklahoma, and Jeb Cook of Henryetta, Oklahoma. Six great-grandchildren and one great-great-grandson continued to fill his days with joy and wonder.
Though he will be profoundly missed by numerous nieces, nephews, and countless friends, Kenneth's indomitable spirit lives on in the hearts of each life he touched. Kenneth's light shone brightly ahead of him, guiding him to reunite in eternal peace with those who preceded him in death; his parents, his beloved brother James Marshall Cook, and his sister Maxine Junger.
Kenneth's youthful years were marked by the honor of serving his country in the United States Army during World War II. His passion for knowledge led him to attend school at OSU in Okmulgee, where he honed the skills that would define his professional life.
Throughout his career, Kenneth worked with his hands and mind as an Auto Mechanic, a vocation that suited his natural aptitude for solving complex problems and fixing what was broken. It was not just cars he restored, but the faith of those who sought his help, always assured that Kenneth could mend the unfixable.
Beyond the walls of his garage and beyond the call of duty, Kenneth was an active member of the First Church of the Nazarene in Henryetta, Oklahoma. His faith was the cornerstone of his existence, his compass that guided every action with compassion and grace.
Kenneth's hands, forever marked by the honest work of his trade, were equally skilled in the art of leisure. He was an avid fisherman, finding solace in the calm waters and a quiet line, and he cherished the time spent working on cars, not for need but for the pure joy it brought him.
Those who knew Kenneth best would describe him as incredibly handy, a trait that extended beyond the literal to the figurative. He had an uncanny ability to repair hearts just as well as engines, to piece together hope when all seemed lost.
A life so beautifully lived deserves to be beautifully remembered. Kenneth Ray Cook-we honor you, we thank you, and we will forever hold you in our hearts.
At the request of Kenneth, no services will be held at this time.
Arrangements and cremation services have been entrusted to Integrity Funeral Service, 410 East Trudgeon Street, Henryetta, Oklahoma 74437, 918-652-6600, www.integrityfuneralservice.com.