James E. Cook
Lt. Col. United States Air Force (Ret), James E. Cook was born in Detroit, MI on November 12, 1921. He lived in Yuba City for 37 years and moved to Fresno in May, 2013 where he passed Thursday August 29, 2013.
He is survived by his wife, Avis, of 67 years; and his children, Patti Hyder of Fresno, Chris Cook of Sparks, NV, and Tim Cook of Niceville, FL, 8 grandchildren and 15 great- grandchildren.
After serving in WWII from 1942-1945, Jim was recalled in 1950 for the Korean War and served until 1953. He then remained in the Air Force Reserves until he retired in 1981. Jim worked as a Flight Test Engineer for Bell Aircraft Corporation and Technical Engineer on the "Blackbird" SR-71, at Beale Air Force Base, CA. from 1966-1985.
There will be a Memorial Service at Westminster Presbyterian Church in Fresno on Oct. 20, 2013 at 2:00 p.m. and Interment at Sacramento Valley National Cemetery in Dixon, CA, Oct. 21 at 11:00 a.m.
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Published in Appeal Democrat on Oct. 6, 2013