OBITUARY

Larry Robert Cook

March 6, 1941April 2, 2021
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Larry Cook, 80, Raymore, Missouri passed away April 2, 2021.

Larry was born in Independence, Missouri to Robert "RC" and Virginia "Pat" (Sadler) Cook. He graduated from Blue Springs High School in 1959. He retired as a Master Sergeant after 20 years of service in the United States Marine Corps.

Larry worked at Hallmark Cards as an IT Manager for 12 years. He also worked as an adjunct instructor at Johnson County Community College teaching computer language for 30 years.

He was an avid motorcycle enthusiast. He raced motorcycles in his early 20s and rode a street bike until his early 70s. Larry was able to fully retire at age 50. He and his wife, Jan, traveled the country in their RV attending bluegrass festivals, sprint car races and snowbirding in Florida. Music was a big part of Larry's life. He played in his high school band and the USMC Band (playing in two Rose Bowl parades). After retirement, he began playing the upright bass and played in a bluegrass band.

Larry was an Honorary Warrior in the Tribe of Mic-O-Say. When his son, Michael, was in the Boy Scouts, Larry played an active role. Also, Larry was a longtime member of the Fellowship Church of Raymore where he served as a member of the gospel band.

Larry was preceded in death by his parents, RC and Willetta (Adams) Cook. He is survived by his wife of 58 years, Jan; two children, a daughter, Tracy (Doug) Ruggles and a son, Michael (Melissa) Cook; six grandchildren, Andrew, Bryce, Shane, Trynlee, Teddy and Ty; a sister, Virginia (Joe) Hall; and two brothers, Will (Colleen) Cook and Perry (Stacie Brink) Cook.

  • FAMILY

  • Robert Cook, Father (deceased)
  • Willetta Cook, Mother (deceased)
  • Jan Cook, Wife
  • Tracy Ruggles (Doug), Daughter
  • Michael Cook (Melissa), Son
  • Andrew, Grandchild
  • Bryce, Grandchild
  • Shane, Grandchild
  • Trynlee, Grandchild
  • Teddy, Grandchild
  • Ty, Grandchild
  • Virginia Hall (Joe), Sister
  • Will Cook (Colleen), Brother
  • Perry Cook (Stacie Brink), Brother

Services

  • Visitation

    Friday, April 9, 2021

  • Memorial Service

    Friday, April 9, 2021

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VERN CLANTON

April 9, 2021

WE MET LARRY AND JAN IN AMERI-CANA A 55 PLUS PARK IN FLORIDA AND BECAME FRIENDS.AT FIRST WE WENT TO LARRY'S COMPUTER CLASS,HE WAS A GREAT TEACHER.I WAS JUST A POOR STUDENT.HE WOULD PICK WITH THE PICKERS AT AMERI-CANA AND ALSO A LOCAL BLUE GRASS BAND.WHEN HE WAS PICK'IN HE WAS ALWAYS SMILING.LARRY AND JAN WENT TO CALVARY BAPTIST CHURCH IN MELBOURNE FL WITH US NOW AND THEN.WE GOT TO KNOW THEM WELL.THEY WERE A GREAT LOVING COUPLE.I KNOW THAT ALL OF US AT AMERI-CANA WILL MISS THEM.

Carol & Rodger Free

April 7, 2021

So sorry to hear of your great loss. Larry will be sorely missed in Florida on our music day. He was a great help and very patient with us all. Our prayers and love go out to everyone.

John Blevins

April 7, 2021

I had the honor of working directly with Larry for most of his time at Hallmark Cards. He was always one of those who I trusted for his insight, and he delivered what he said he would.
And I thank the family for sharing all the wonderful photos that you've recently shared here!

Steve and Kazandra Wilson

April 7, 2021

Our condolences to the Cook family. Larry and Jan were very good friends of my parents, Chuck and Melva Wilson, throughout their careers in the Marine Corps. We have many good memories of time spent with Larry, Jan, Tracy and Michael when we were stationed in Okinawa. I'm sure Larry and my dad are hanging out and sharing a few laughs again as I write this. Larry was a great guy and will be missed.

Joyce & Jake

April 7, 2021

Our condolences to Jan, Michael, Tracy, Virginia, Joe & the rest of the family. We have so many great memories of so many great times with our music together, sharing laughter, fellowship, and wonderful food. The bluegrass community will miss you, Larry!

Fred Perkins

April 6, 2021

Many good memories of Larry ribbing me at the Clinton and Dixon Bluegrass festivals! He was fun to be around. I'll miss him!

Jim Comfort

April 5, 2021

Marian and I were next door neighbors for over 5 years. He was an excellent neighbor and friend. Always kind and willing to share conversations over our shared backyard fence! Sometimes could here the band practice when on their back deck. Very enjoyable to listen to! Appreciated his advice and wisdom on yard work and working together with the city to purchase the extended property behind our homes. He will always be remembered with a friendly smile, and always ready to help in anyway he could.

Tracy Wilson

April 5, 2021

I feel privileged to have had an opportunity to get to know this fine gentleman, and his wife, Jan. Larry had such a sweet and loving spirit. I was honored to get to play in the gospel band at church with him. He always tried to be encouraging, even when he wanted to say something different. That's precious meekness....Strong but controlled. Larry, you will be missed. However, many of us will be better in life for having known you. Blessings to the family in this time of Larry's homegoing.

Daniel Schwarz

April 5, 2021

Larry was the best friend, neighbor and leader in the community that you could ask for. He is going to be greatly missed.

Jim McGreevy

April 4, 2021

Sincere condolences to Jan, Mike, Tracey, and families - and to Virginia & Joe. Larry was a class act, a talented and very smart man who could always share some sage advice on most any question. A man of many interests, he loved life and family, music, travel, and the Corps. He was a good friend, highly respected. Our Blue Monday group enjoyed many a fine bluegrass jam session (and snacks) in the Cook's basement -- we will miss that, and mostly him. I can think of no better tribute than - "Well done, Master Sergeant", until we meet and pick again !

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