James T. Cook, age 97, of Clay Center, Kansas, died Thursday, August 2, 2012, at his home in Clay Center. He was born May 22, 1915, at Robinson, Kansas, the son of Thomas and Iva (Wiggins) Cook.
He was a auto mechanic and had worked for Mattingly Motors and Primrose Ford Company before retiring in 1987.
He was a member of the Clay Center United Methodist Church, the Horton VFW Post #3021 where he had served as a Post Commander, the Clay Center American Legion Post #101 and had been a Past Noble Grand of the Horton Odd Fellow Lodge.
He was a World War II veteran, having served in the 156th Ordinance Company and was awarded a Bronze Star.
He was married on July 14, 1940 to Anita Carson, she preceded him in death. He married Marie Lynch and she preceded him in death and later married Doris Evans, she also preceded him in death. He was also preceded in death by one daughter, Margaret Ayres, one son, Terry Cook, two brothers, Raymond and Lawrence Cook, and three sisters, Reetha Cook, Mae Cook and Irene Desbien.
He is survived by 1 son, Tom Cook of Clay Center, Kansas; 1 daughter, Iva Hein and husband Kenneth of Durham, Kansas; 1 brother, Glenn Cook and wife Nila of Horton, Kansas; 18 grandchildren and numerous great and great great grandchildren.
Funeral services were held on Wednesday, August 8, 2012, at the Clay Center United Methodist Church in Clay Center, Kansas, with Rev. Larry Myers officiating. Burial with Military Honors was held at the Horton Cemetery in Horton, Kansas. The Holmes-Pfeifley Funeral Home in Riley, Kansas was in charge of arrangements.
A memorial has been established for the Clay Center Home Health Agency.