OBITUARY

Johnie L. Cook

January 22, 1944November 2, 2020

Johnie Lorraine Cook, age 76, (Wichita, Kansas) passed into his eternal reward on November 2, 2020. He is survived by his wife, Diana Sue; his son Damon, and four grandchildren: Connor, Nicholas, Madison and Harrison.

Johnnie was born and grew up in Eldorado, Kansas. After he graduated high school in 1962 he joined the U.S. Air Force and worked in communications. After his time in the Air Force, he worked at Lasater's Men's clothing store where he was the primary window dresser and excelled at retail sales due to his amazing personality and charming smile. Johnie and Sue met in 1970 and hit it off. Their romance led to marriage in September of 1971. While continuing to work at Lasaters, he attended photography school and was hired by Rorabaugh & Millsap Photography Studios, after his instructors recommended him as top in his class. After honing his skills at Rorabaugh & Millsap, Johnie went to work at Beech Aircraft. His talent, personality and professionalism was soon noticed by Olive Ann Beech. She would request that Johnie was the photographer that accompanied her to all important events. Johnie loved being a photographer so much that he wanted to challenge himself and decided that he would also photograph weddings, sports teams photos, senior portraits and any other opportunities that arose and was truly amazing at photography. Brides from weddings he photographed would recognize him years later and thank him for such amazing photographic memories of their special day. He won countless awards for his photos. Johnie was not only a member of Greater Wichita Professional Photographers Association, but also held the office of treasurer. Johnie ALWAYS had the best jokes to tell, and enjoyed the happiness he could bring to people's lives.

Service and interment will be at Lakeview Gardens Chapel and Cemetery in Wichita (12100 E. 13th Street N., Wichita, KS 67206).

Visitation will begin at 9am on Friday, November 6, 2020, Funeral Service following at 10:00 AM. Family and friends are welcome.

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    Friday, November 6, 2020

  • Funeral Service

    Friday, November 6, 2020

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Laura (Kenney) Miller

November 7, 2020

I had the privilege of eating lunch with Johnie, Diana, and my parents, Laurel and Linda Kenney, one day this fall, and it was great to see Johnie again. He will always hold a special place in my heart and memories for being the KPPA photographer bartender that taught me what it meant to order a Pepsi Straight on the Rocks. A shy kid from a family of non-drinkers I asked him in the hospitality room for a Pepsi. Johnie asked me if I'd like that "straight on the rocks". I quickly ran back to my mom to ask what that meant. She laughed, explained, and the rest is a special memory. Every year after that first shock of learning what it meant, I continued to ask Johnie for exactly that, a Pepsi straight on the rocks. He remembered it too when we had lunch.

Chuck and Nancy Frazier

November 6, 2020

So many memories have been shared with Johnie at gatherings of the Kansas Professional Photographers Association. He always brightened up any room he entered and enlivened any conversation that he was involved in. He will be dearly missed by those who knew and loved him. RIP

mitchell seals

November 5, 2020

We have lost a real gentlemen.

Bob and Judy White

November 5, 2020

Sue,
We didn’t know Johnie well having met him only a few times, but we want to express our sincerest sympathy for your and your families loss. Love, Bob and Judy

Virginia Walbourn Himes

November 5, 2020

Remembering John with fondness and sending prayers to the family.

Marvin Neukirch

November 5, 2020

Sue so very sorry to hear of Johnie's passing. A good guy, friend and classmate. My God comfort you a your family during this hard time.

Jennifer Wright

November 4, 2020

I have many fond memories of my uncle, but the most recent was of his coming to my wedding. I have a great photo of him and Aunt Sue messing around in Chautauqua park, and being at our picnic, wedding, and reception. I have the MOST beautiful wedding photographs... they fill 2 scrapbooks... thanks to him! But he was not just there for me on those special days, and I'll always be glad that my family was a big part of that for me. I'm grateful that he never left without a hug. He was a kind person and I will miss him very much.

Eileen Leifheit

November 4, 2020

Johnie always had a smile on his face and was friendly to everyone. He was a model of what a man should be. I will always remember your Christmas and July 4th parties. He was so proud to share the “Johnie and Sue Celebrations.”

Always Your Friends
Eileen and John Leifheit

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