Charles Robert Cook, 64, Wellsville: April 1, 1952 – Sept. 6, 2016

090916-charles-cookWELLSVILLE, Kan. – Charles Robert Cook, 64, of Wellsville, Kan., passed away on Tuesday, Sept. 6, 2016. Charles was born April 1, 1952, in Gardner, Kan., to Gayle Eugene Cook, D.C. and Rose Marie (Newland) Cook.

Charles graduated from high school in Osage City, Kan., with the class of 1970. He went on to graduate from Emporia State University and received his master’s degree in business administration. In 1973, Charles enlisted with the U.S. Army, and would serve his country as a translator and interpreter. Charles received an honorable discharge in 1976.

Integrity was a core value for Charles. At an early age he was noted to have an “uncommon amount of common sense”. He was very devoted to his family and friends.

Charles was a local driver for J.B. Hunt and retired after 26 years, during that time he achieved the milestone of “Three Million Safe Miles”. He also worked as a car clerk for the railroad for 17 years. He was a member of American Legion Post No. 198, Osage City. He was also a member of the Wellsville United Methodist Church. 

Charles was united in marriage to Deborah Bales on Feb. 14, 2009, in Osage City, Kan. She survives of the home.

Other survivors include a sister, Lynn Tunison, Austin, Texas; two brothers, Dr. Ted (Dr. Karolyn) Cook, Newton, Kan., Fred (Amy) Cook, Olathe, Kan.; two adopted sons, Randy (Rachel) Cook and Robert Cook, both of Topeka, Kan.; three grandchildren, Jaxson, Zoe, and Aidan Cook, Topeka; a step-son, Jake (Alyssa) Bales, and grandson Sterling Eddie Bales, Derby, Kan.; four sisters-in-law, Barbara (Gerald) Jesseph, Gas, Kan., Mary (Delvin) O’Dell, Peabody, Kan., Anita (Darryl) Cummings, Hesston, Kan., and Leah (Tanner) Mayhew, St. Joseph, Mo.; and numerous nieces and nephews.

Charles was preceded in death by his parents.

The family will meet with family and friends for a visitation 10 a.m.-12 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 10, at Wellsville United Methodist Church, Wellsville. A graveside service of remembrance will be held at 2 p.m. Sept. 10, at Oakwood Cemetery, Baldwin City, Kan.

In lieu of flowers the family suggests memorial contributions be made to Visiting Nurses of Douglas County or Wellsville United Methodist Church sent in care of Lamb-Roberts Funeral Home, P.O. Box 14, Ottawa, KS 66067. Online condolences may be sent to the family through www.lamb-roberts.com.


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