PITTSFIELD, Ill. -- Billy Joe Cook, 87, of Pittsfield, formerly of Milton, died Tuesday (June 18, 2013) in Liberty Village, Pittsfield.
Born in Milton on Aug. 22, 1925, Billy Joe was a son of Leonard and Edna Johnson Cook. He married Elinor A. Smith on Aug. 29, 1958, in Bowling Green, Mo., and she survives.
Billy Joe was a veteran of the U.S. Army
and served his country during the Korean War
. He was a grain and livestock farmer near Milton for many years.
He was a member of the Milton Christian Church, serving as deacon, the Milton Masonic Lodge, the Pike County Farm Bureau and the Pike Promenators Square Dance Club, and served on the Smith Cemetery and Douglas Cemetery boards.
He enjoyed having coffee with the guys at Dinks Diner and playing card games at FS and Richters with the guys. He loved boating and waterskiing and playing ball with the grandkids. He never missed a ballgame of his daughter, Elaine, and his grandsons.
He is survived by his wife, Elinor; two daughters, Joellen (Courtney) Wade of Pittsfield and Elaine Cook of Springfield; two grandsons, Craig Riley of Sherman and Scott (Kayla) Riley of Milton; and four great-grandchildren, Hunter, Delaina, Kamryn and Seton Riley.
He was preceded in death by his parents.
SERVICES: 11 a.m. Friday in the Milton Christian Church with the Rev. Jerry Edison conducting. Interment will be in the Smith Cemetery near Milton with graveside military honors accorded by the Pittsfield American Legion Post 152 and the Military Funeral Honor Guard. A lunch will be served for family and friends at the Milton Christian Church Fellowship Hall after interment.
VISITATION: 5 to 8 p.m. Thursday in the Niebur Funeral Home, Pittsfield.
MEMORIALS: Milton Christian Church or Passages Hospice.
ARRANGEMENTS: Niebur Funeral Home, Pittsfield.