Howard Cook, 95, of Okanogan, Wash. passed away peacefully at home the evening of April 1, 2014.
He was born January 26, 1919 in Bailey Colorado to Ollie Arthur (Babe) Cook and Leona May Colbert. He was one of eight siblings.
He lived most of his life in Okanogan County and in 1980 he built his own home on Green Lake Rd. of Okanogan. He married Alice Irene Anderson on Sept. 9, 1940 and had three children: Irene Mustard (Earl) Britton (Cliff), Kathy Bendickson (Dennis) and Steve Cook (Terri). He married Eva Beatrice Spangler Nov. 20, 1956 and had four more children: Leona Ann Moulder (Wayne), Gugliemina (Carl), Dan Alan Cook, Fred William Cook (Jessie) and James Arthur Cook.
As for a work history, Howard was a ‘Jack of all Trades’ through the years – he had been a logger, millwright, bus mechanic and driver, He owned several businesses including a gas station, grocery store, orchards, wrecking yard and second-hand store. He was known for his mechanical abilities and being able to fix most anything.
Howard enjoyed attending auctions, welding pieces of art, daily walks and traveling south in the winter months.
He is survived by his wife Eva of 57 years, five children, 13 grandchildren and 13 great grandchildren.
He was preceded in death by both parents, all siblings, son Dan and daughter Irene.
In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to a cancer treatment center or charity of your choice.
There will be a Celebration of Life and potluck at 1 p.m. on Saturday April 19, 2014 at the Tonasket Senior Center.