John T. "Jack" Cook, age 84, of Manhattan died April 28, 2010, at the Meadowlark Hills Community in Manhattan.
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Jack was born on June 25, 1925 in Kansas City, Kansas, the son of Clarence and Elfrieda (Linville) Cook. He graduated from Maryville High School in Maryville, Missouri in 1943. Jack served in the United States Navy in the Hospital Corps during World War II. After his discharge, Jack earned a Bachelor's degree in English from the University of Kansas in 1949.
After graduation, he joined the family theatre business in Maryville, MO, and then moved to Falls City, NE, in 1951 to operate theatres there until 1957 when he began his career as a marketing representative for Phillips Petroleum Co. where he worked until his retirement in 1985. He later worked as a bailiff for the Riley County District Court.
Jack married the love of his life, Georgann Beaver, on June 18, 1960, in Kansas City. They moved to Manhattan in 1962. Georgann survives at the home.
He and Georgann loved music and dancing. Jack was an accomplished dancer, even at an early age, and he performed publicly beginning at age 15. He also played the violin and performed with his father and brother in the Tivoli Theatre Stage Band in Maryville. A member of Manhattan Country Club, he enjoyed golfing with his buddies and his weekly luncheons with them. He also was a member of the Maryville Masonic Lodge and was extremely proud of his 50-year pin earned several years ago. Jack was a member of Moila Shrine Temple, St. Joseph, MO, where he had been a member of the Mounted Patrol in his earlier years.
Additional survivors include: his sons, Jack (Angie) and Tom; nephew, Jim (Cathy); step- son Nicolaas Van Heveligen; nieces, Sandra (Dave) and Cathy. Also, he is survived by his grandchildren: Brandon (Jennifer), Zachary, Adam (Keri) and Sean; 2 great-nephews, Taylor (Brie) and CJ (Sarah) and a great-niece, Courtney.
He was preceded in death by his parents and his brother, James.
Jack's family would like to thank Dr. "Joe" and the staff of Meadowlark Hills and Mercy Regional Health Center. The care Jack received from the great people who work there has been comforting to both Jack and his family.
Memorial services for Mr. Cook will be held at 11:00 a.m. Wednesday May 5, 2010, at the Yorgensen-Meloan-Londeen Funeral Chapel with the Rev. Matthew Cobb officiating.
Online condolences may be left for the family through the funeral home website at www.ymlfuneralhome.com.
In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to the Meadowlark Hills Good Samaritan Fund. Contributions may be left in care of the Yorgensen-Meloan-Londeen Funeral Home, 1616 Poyntz Avenue, Manhattan, Kansas 66502.
A luncheon for family and out-of-town guests will follow at Harry's in the Wareham Hotel at 410 Poyntz Avenue, Manhattan, Kansas.
Published in Boonville Daily News from May 3 to May 10, 2010