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May 29, 2014

William Richard Cook

Jan. 14, 1916-May 26, 2014

LAWTON — Former longtime Duncan resident William Richard “Dick” Cook, 98, passed away Monday, May 26, 2014, at the Lawton/Fort Sill Veterans Center in Lawton.  

Dick was born Jan. 14, 1916, in Guthrie, the son of Earle R. and Iva Fife Cook. He grew up in Bromide, Guthrie, and Lawton, and graduated from Lawton High School in 1933. He attended the University of Oklahoma, where he was a member of Beta Theta Pi Fraternity, and graduated in 1938 with a Bachelor of Science degree in Petroleum Engineering.

During World War II, Dick served three years in the U.S. Army Air Corps as an engineering officer and was stationed in Europe for two years. After the war he returned to OU to earn a second degree in Geological Engineering.  In 1950 Dick moved to Duncan to work for L. B. Simmons at Rocket Oil Company and in 1951 he married Rae Marie Elliott of Oklahoma City. He was recalled to active duty during the Korean War and served two years as a Captain in the U.S. Air Force in Texas and California. Dick and Rae Marie returned to Duncan and in 1955 he started his own company as an independent oil operator and consulting engineer.  

Dick was a member of the First Christian Church, former longtime member and past president of the Duncan Kiwanis Club, member of the American Association of Petroleum Geologists, National and Oklahoma Societies of Professional Engineers and the American Petroleum Institute. He was a member of the Oklahoma City Royal Order of Jesters and a 32nd degree Mason. Dick lived a full life and especially enjoyed his career in the oil industry, golf at the Duncan Elks Club, Sooner football games, reunions with his WWII 354th “Pioneer Mustang” Fighter Group, and the company of family and friends.

Dick was preceded in death by his wife, Rae Marie, in 1979, and by his parents and his brother Jimmie. He is survived by his son, William Cook and wife Janet of Oklahoma City, and grandsons Andrew Cook of Chicago and Brandon Cook of Philadelphia; his daughter Marie Sommerfelt and husband Gene of Plano, Texas, and Gene's children and grandchildren; his sister Elizabeth Kemp and niece Krisanne Kemp of Dallas, Texas; his late brother's children Laurie Crowder and husband Rob, and Pete Cook of Tulsa, and Sean Cook and wife Sari and their son Calder of Philadelphia; and cherished caregiver Brenda Osborne of Duncan.

Services are under the direction of Don Grantham Funeral Home, where the family will receive friends Thursday evening from 5:30 to 7 p.m. A private interment will be held at Resthaven Memorial Gardens. There will be a Memorial Service at 2:30 p.m. Friday, May 30, 2014, at the First Christian Church in Duncan, with the Rev. Arnold Nelson officiating.

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