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Richard Gene Cook, Sr.

11/13/1935 - 1/10/2019

PEKIN ~ Richard Gene "Dick" Cook, Sr., 83, of Pekin, passed away at 10:03 a.m. Thursday, January 10, 2019 at OSF St. Francis Medical Center in Peoria.
 
Born November 13, 1935 in Hammond Indiana to Orville and Irene (Bernhardt) Cook, he married Linda Lou Merritt on December 7, 1956 in Pekin.  She passed away March 13, 2009.  He also was preceded in death by his parents; two brothers, Donny and Orville; and brother-in-law Melvis Baker.
 
Surviving are two sons, Richard (Patricia) Cook, Jr. of Macomb and Randy (Diane) Cook of Channahon; six grandchildren, Elizabeth (Trevor) Vandell of Virginia Beach, Virginia, Bryan (Ali) Cook of Channahon, Matthew Cook, Joshua Cook, Kaitlyn Cook, and Caleb Cook, all of Macomb; four great-grandchildren; two sisters, Gladys Kastner of San Jose, Delores Baker of Pekin; and two brothers, Larry (Alice) Cook of Morton and Kenny Cook of Pekin.
 
Dick worked at the Bartonville Clark Gas Station as the manager.  He also had worked for the American Distilling Company in Pekin, Caterpillar, Inc., Johnson Hydraulic Manufacturing Company, and most recently for ProCare in Pekin as a medical equipment delivery person.
 
He loved playing cards, and being outdoors.  He liked gardening and tinkering with cars.  
 
He also was a past member of the Fraternal Order of the Eagles Aerie 274 in Pekin.
 
His funeral will be at 1:30 p.m. Tuesday, January 15, 2019 at Preston-Hanley Funeral Homes & Crematory in Pekin.  Rev. Richard Barnett will officiate.  Visitation will be one hour prior to the service at the funeral home.  Burial will be in Lakeside Cemetery in Pekin.
 
Memorial contributions may be given to the American Lung Association at 3000 Kelly Ln. Springfield, IL 62711.

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