A memorial service for Jack Cook will be held at a later date. Friends may visit www.cantrellfh. com to view Jack’s tribute wall to leave condolences and stories for the family. On Friday, January 15, 2021 friends may stop at the funeral home from 1:00 - 5:00 p.m. to sign the register book and leave condolences.
Jackie Joe Cook was born in Ainsworth, NE, on May 14, 1946, the son of Gerald and Lenora (Tupa) Cook. He grew up on a ranch near Mills, NE, and went to elementary school at District 3 in Mills, NE. Jack attended Keya Paha County High School in Springview, NE, excelling in sports and graduating with the class of 1964. Following high school, he ranched for a short time, worked as a brick layer helping to build the Valentine High School and worked in road construction. After attending Wayne State College for a year, he moved to Denver, CO. There he worked for Mountain Bell Telephone Company and the Samsonite Luggage Co.
Jack was drafted in the US Army on August 15, 1967 and honorably served his country during the Vietnam War. He was wounded and awarded the Purple Heart for the sacrifices he made during his service. Jack was honorably discharged on August 14, 1973.
It was in Denver that Jack met his wife of 50 years, Gloria Perkins. She and Jack were married at the St. Joseph’s Catholic Church in Kimball, NE, on April 19, 1969. They were parents to five children. Jack and Gloria farmed for 40 years in the Kimball, NE, area where they raised their family. During this time, Jack worked for several local businesses: Paul Heideman, Correll’s Casting with Harley Dietz and Morgan Smith running casing in the oil fields around Kimball and southeastern Colorado, Hiner Implement doing mechanical work and making local deliveries, and also Foster Lumber helping customers with their purchases and making local deliveries. Summers found Jack traveling back to Mills, NE, helping his parents in the hayfields and other ranching chores.
Jack was a regular at the New Hope Assembly of God Church Thursday morning breakfasts. Other days he’d meet his regular coffee friends. Jack was a man of many interests enjoying old tractors, collecting antiques and hunting for arrowheads. Jack was a member of the Bushnell Lions Club serving as president.
The Honor Flight Jack participated in allowed him to visit the memorials in Washington DC, dedicated to honoring those who served and sacrificed for our country.
Jackie “Jack” Cook, 74 of Kimball, NE, passed away at the Kimball Health Services on Monday, December 28. 2020. Cantrell Funeral Home of Kimball is in charge of the arrangements.
Survivors include his wife Gloria Cook of Kimball, NE; children Tamara Cook of Gregory, SD, Tresa (Jim) Klemt of Kimball, NE, Travis (Brittany) Cook of Kimball, NE, Jeanette (Robert) Blankenship of Odenten, MD, and Jefferey (Crystal) Cook of Sheridan, WY, brother Ted (Cindy) Cook of Crystal, MN; sisters Challice Jones of Milan, MO, Joan (Richard) Gambrell of Lakeside, AZ, and Janet (Dean) Ferguson of Springview, NE; six grandchildren; and numerous nieces and nephews and close friends.
He was preceded in death by his parents.
Memorials, in Jack’s memory, may be given to the Bushnell Lions Club, the Kimball Friendship Senior Center or Dakota Senior Meals in Gregory, SD.