James Irvin Dewey Cook was born September 28, 1938, at home near Rock Port, Missouri. His parents were Cleo Cook and Carrie (Thornton) (Cook) Grebe.
Jim passed away at Pleasant View Nursing Home in Rock Port on May 3, 2019, at the age of 80.
His early years were spent in the hills surrounding Watson and Rock Port, where he attended country school through the 8th grade.
He worked on farms all over Atchison County, at Bentley Grain Co. in Watson, Missouri, and at Missouri Beef Packers at Phelps City, Missouri, until 1971, when he began farming on his own near Watson. Jim enjoyed his lifelong dream of farming through 2016, when he had to retire due to health issues caused by COPD.
He was married to Dorothy Dovel on August 4, 1957, and they became the parents of two children, Gary and Debra.
Jim was preceded in death by his parents; son, Gary Lee Cook; siblings, Robert and Cecil Cook; and grandson, Chad Dovel.
Survivors include his wife, Dorothy, of their home near Watson; his daughter and son-in-law, Debbie May (Cook) and Charlie Dovel; his granddaughter and her husband, Megan and Pete Welch and his great-granddaughter, Cassidy, all of Hamburg, Iowa; his sister, Nancy (Cook) Cable of Versailles, Missouri; several nieces and nephews; and many friends.
Jim was a member of the Watson Baptist Church. He enjoyed a lifetime of hunting, especially whitetail deer and turkey with a gun and bow. His favorite pastime in his later years was making and shooting traditional long bows, many of which he gave away to friends or donated to fundraisers.
He was in the Pleasant View Nursing Home at Rock Port since December 2018, where he made many new friends among the staff there and the Three Rivers Hospice. He loved his “girls,” who took such wonderful care of him daily.
He attributed his long life to what he called the three “C’s,” which were – Coffee, Chocolate, and Copenhagen, which he enjoyed to the very end.
Services were held on Monday, May 6, 2019, at the Linden Christian Church, with burial at the Linden Cemetery. A family visitation was held the prior evening. Memorials may be directed to the Linden Christian Church or to the Linden Cemetery. Care entrusted to Chamberlain Funeral Home, Rock Port. Online condolences may be left at www.chamberlainfuneral.com.