ULYSSES – Ralph Lawrance Cook, 88, died Friday, Oct. 1, 2010, at Bob Wilson Memorial Hospital in Ulysses.
He was born May 16, 1922, to James Marvin Cook, Sr. and Mary Mildred (Whittaker) Cook in Dodge City.
He married Edna Belle Davis on May 1, 1946 in Syracuse. She survives.
He graduated from Coolidge High School in 1941.
He wserved in the Marines during World War II. He was stationed in New Caladonia and Hawaii, and achieved the rank of staff sergeant. He was honorably discharged in 1945. Upon returning home from the military, he farmed for many years in Hamilton and Stanton County and sold seed for Dekalb.
He was a Bear Creek Sunday school teacher, a member of the Shelton Memorial Christian Church and the Masonic Lodge.
He enjoyed watching sports, hunting and running his combine.
Other survivors include two sons, Rick Cook, Canon City, Colo., and Grady Cook, Syracuse; two daughters, Leann Cook, Pratt, and Jody Schone, Topeka; three brothers, James Cook Jr., Eads, Colo., Lloyd Cook, Winter Haven, Fla., Gary Cook, Arkansas City, one sister; Alice Crowe, Winfield; nine grandchildren; and seven great-grandchildren.
He was preceded in death by his parents, three brothers, Arthur Cook, Vernon Cook and Eldon Cook, and five sisters, Opal Coon, Isabel Grolbert, Eunice Ayearst, Ruth Kress and Kathleen Malone.
o Funeral service will be at 10 a.m. Tuesday at the Shelton Memorial Christian Church in Ulysses with the Rev. Bill Harrold presiding.
Burial will follow at the Ulysses Cemetery with military rites by Dexter D. Harbour American Legion Post No. 79.
Friends may call until 8 p.m. today at Garnand Funeral Home in Ulysses.
Memorials are suggested to Shelton Memorial Christian Church in care of Garnand Funeral Home, 405 W. Grant Ave., Ulysses, KS 67880