Chester William Cook, age 86, of Savonburg, passed away on Tuesday, Nov. 19, 2019 at Neosho Memorial Regional Medical Center in Chanute. He was born on Oct. 9, 1933 on the farm outside of Elsmore, the son of George and Mabel (Hibbs) Cook.
Chester was raised in Elsmore and graduated from Elsmore High School. On Nov. 25, 1953, he married Betty Mariucci in Chanute; she survives him of the home.
Chester was proud to be a farmer and he enjoyed watching his cattle. He also worked in the oil field for Consolidated Oil in Chanute.
Chester served in U.S. Army from 1953 to 1955.
He enjoyed working with his team of pulling ponies, fishing and going dancing with Betty on Saturday nights. Chester and Betty also enjoyed taking the family in the 5th-wheel and visiting many state fairs in the surrounding states. He will be greatly missed by those who knew him.
Chester is survived by his wife, Betty Cook of the home; children Bonnie Brynds and husband Ted, Jr. of Greenfield, Mo., Rick Cook of Fredonia, Cathy Bogart and husband Bo of Texas City, Texas, Debbie Brillhart and husband Norman of Fort Scott, Gerri Carrell and husband Ron of Clearwater, Richard Cook and wife Tracey of Chanute; sister, Edna Dix of Humboldt; 24 grandchildren; 24 great-grandchildren; 13 great-great-grandchildren.
Chester was preceded in death by his parents, sisters, Louise Starliper and Alma Lacey; grandson, Brent Cook and nephew, John Starliper.
The family will greet friends and family from 10 to 11 a.m. Monday at Elsmore United Methodist Church in Elsmore. Funeral services will follow at 11 a.m. at the church. Burial will be at Elsmore Cemetery. The Chanute Honor Guard will be in charge of military honors. Online condolences may be left at: www.countrysidefh.com. The family suggests memorials to be made to ACARF or Childrens Mercy Hospital and may be left with or mailed to the funeral home. Arrangements have been entrusted to Countryside Funeral Home, 101 N. Highland, Chanute, KS 66720.