John Delmont Cook, 83, died after a recent illness on Sunday, Sept. 23, at Willis Knighton Pierremont Hospital. He was predeceased by his wife, Ginny.
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He was a resident of Savannah at the Oaks in Shreveport, La., and lived in Haughton, La., for many years. He formerly lived in Clarks Summit. Born in Berwick, Nova Scotia, he was the son of Maxwell Cook and Fern Grable. John grew up in a large family in Corydon, Ind., becoming a U.S. citizen at 12. He married Virginia "Ginny" Wolf in 1950 at Purdue University, where they both attended college, and he was a member of the Alpha Chi Rho fraternity. He served in the Air Force during the Korean War, and lived many places throughout the U.S. over the years. For most of his career, he was employed in human resources, working for Roper, Marlin Rockwell/TRW, Topps Chewing Gum in Duryea, and Morton Thiokol at the Louisiana Army Ammunition Plant.
John loved to travel and cherished his friends and family. He was very active in local theater, the Bossier Arts Council and the Gilbert and Sullivan Society; appeared in movies, plays and television; and got together to sing with his Air Force Barbershop Quartet, the Metronomes, for decades. He took part in choirs and singing groups nationally and internationally, performing at President Truman's inauguration with the Purdue Musical Organizations and at Carnegie Hall with the Shreveport First United Methodist Choir.
John is survived by daughter, Laurie Philpot and husband, Vince Philpot, of Mary Esther, Fla.; son, William Cook of Kingston; daughter, Julie Cook and husband, Kevin Bowe, of West Newbury, Mass.; granddaughters, Amy Tarreto and Kaitlyn Cook; half-siblings, Carl Boley, Patricia Hite, William Boley, Carol Proffitt and Jim Boley; and his beloved cat, Sam.
He was also predeceased by his brother, Frank Cook; and his half-sister, Clarice Bennett.
A memorial service took place at the Couch Chapel at First United Methodist Church in Shreveport on Sept. 27. A private service for family and friends will be arranged with internment in Indiana.
Memorial donations can be made to Purdue Musical Organizations in West Lafayette, Ind., or the Bossier Arts Council in Bossier City, La.
Published in Scranton Times on Oct. 6, 2012