Paul Millard Cook



Paul Millard Cook died Nov. 13, at his residence after an illness. He was 95.

He was born September 23, 1914 to Charles and Theo (Blackburn) Cook in Baxter Springs, Kan.  He graduated Baxter Springs High School in class of 1934, he played football for Baxter for four years and was quarterback his senior year. He also played basketball for 3 years.

He married Maxine Groom of Picher, on February 9, 1941, they had 52 years of marriage before she preceded him in death in 1993. He joined the United States Army in February of 1941 and was assigned to the Headquarters Battery of the 161st Field Artillery 35th Division during World War II, he was station at Ft. Randall, Cold Bay Alaska, Amchitka, Aleutian Islands, he also served in Belgium, Germany and France before being discharged on June 30, 1945.

He remained active in many of his army reunions and help to organize them until 1994.

He was employed by United States Postal Service, B.F. Goodrich in Miami, and then retired from the State of Oklahoma Highway Department in 1978 as a surveyor/inspector.

He has lived in Quapaw since his retirement after moving from Claremore.

He married Edna Keithley of Quapaw in 1998.

He is a member of the 32 Degree Mason, Midwest Hunters Association, he served as commander in the V.F.W. in both Commerce and Picher, he had always been active in Boy Scouts of America and served as a Boy Scout Leader, as a youth he was a member of the Tom Mix Patrol Boys Mounted Troop from 1926-1932, and a member of the First United Methodist Church of Baxter Springs, Kansas.

He was a member of Show Me Birds a resort in Baxter Springs and loved to hunt and fish.

He is preceded in death by his six siblings: Johnny Cook, Kate Wyrick, Carmen Taylor, Leonard Cook, Leland Cook and Ruth Bottero.

Survivors: one son: Paul Jr. and wife Alma Cook of Baxter Springs, Kansas; two daughters: Carolyn and husband Ed Sweeney of Quapaw, Oklahoma, Ethel Marie Cook of Miami, Oklahoma; one sister: Elizabeth Dietz of Anoka, Minnesota. Four grandchildren Dr. Phillip cook of Carl Junction, Missouri, Kenneth Cook of Quapaw, Oklahoma, Courtney Sweeney of Kansas City, Missouri, and Ashley Monson of Springdale, Arkansas; seven great grandchildren.

Services were held 10 a.m., Tuesday, Nov. 17, 2009 at the First United Methodist Church in Baxter Springs with the Rev. Wayne Handle officiated. Interment followed in the Baxter Cemetery under the direction of the Paul Thomas Funeral Home of Miami, Oklahoma. Military honors were conducted by the American Legion Funeral Detail of Miami, Oklahoma. Pallbearers were  Chuck Bottero, Wayne Cook, Ron McAffrey, Jimmy Morton, Tony Murray and Dr. Mike Shepard