Gayle Eugene Cook, 89, Baldwin City: May 21, 1927 – Aug. 20, 2016

BALDWIN CITY, Kan. – Gayle Eugene Cook, 89, of Baldwin City, Kan., died Aug. 20, 2016. He was born May 21, 1927, at home in Baldwin City, to Murlin Lewis Cook and Orpha Phyllis (Cunningham) Cook.

He attended school in and around Baldwin City, and graduated from Baker University after serving in the Army in Europe from 1945-1947.

Gayle married Rose Marie Newland at 7 a.m. on Feb. 14, 1948, at Ives Chapel Church, Baldwin City. Their children include Gaylene Rose Tunison, Austin, Texas; Charles Robert (Deborah) Cook, Wellsville, Kan.; Theodore Ray Cook MD (Karolyn MD), Newton, Kan.; and Fred Samuel (Amy) Cook, Olathe, Kan. He has 14 grandchildren, five foster grandchildren, and eight great-grandchildren. He has several others he considered his own, as well – including Timothy James Olson, Las Vegas, Nev.; M. Eugene Tunison (Sheryl), Oakton, Va.; and others too many to name.

Gayle was a principal and a teacher at Edgerton, Kan., an accountant for Great Lakes Pipeline Company, and later graduated with a Doctor of Chiropractic from Cleveland Chiropractic College, in Kansas City, Kan. He practiced as a chiropractor in Osage City, Kan., from 1956 until 1980, when he became a clinical instructor at Palmer College of Chiropractic until he retired in 1992.

Gayle coached basketball and softball and was a leader in Boy Scouts. In 1975 at a United Methodist lay witness mission, Gayle asked Jesus Christ to be his personal Lord and Savior. He was active in the Full Gospel Business Men’s Association, the Gideons, prison ministries and with the Stephen Ministry. He was a member of the United Methodist Church since September 1956.

Gayle was preceded in death by his beloved spouse, Rose Marie; his infant grandson, Corban Jonathan Cook; a foster daughter, Barbara Ann Martinez, her husband Richard and their son Richard; and his parents, Murlin and Orpha Cook.

Gayle has two surviving sisters, Carol (Julius) Brosa, Overland Park, Kan.; and Anita (Merle) Engelke, of Topeka, Kan.

Gayle’s grandchildren are: John (Anne MD) Tunison, Farmers Branch, Texas; Sarah (Tom) Crawley, Sparks Glencoe, Md.; Randall (Rachel) Cook, Topeka; Robert Cook, Topeka; Samantha (Mun Lai) Chong, Gardner, Kan.; Eric Cook, Olathe; David Cook, Kansas City, Mo.; Isaac Cook, Lawrence, Kan.; Max Cook, Olathe; Christopher Cook, Clarkston, Miss.; Caleb Cook, Wichita, Kan.; Chad Cook, Manhattan, Kan.; and Katy Cook, Newton.

Visitation will be 6-8 p.m. Thursday, Aug. 25, at Lamb-Roberts Funeral Chapel, Baldwin City. Funeral service will be at 10 a.m. Friday, Aug. 26, at the Osage City United Methodist Church. Interment will follow at 2 p.m. at Oakwood Cemetery, Baldwin City.

The family suggests memorial contributions to United Methodist Church of Osage City or American Red Cross or VLAO Attn: Corban Clinic, and sent in care of Lamb~Roberts Funeral Home, PO Box 64, Baldwin City, KS 66006. Condolences may be left at www.lamb-roberts.com.


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