Walter Irvin Cook of Owensville died Saturday, August 13, 2011, in the Frene Valley Nursing Home in Owensville. He was 86. Walter was born in Jefferson City on December 27, 1924. He is the son of the late Emory Walter Cook and Nora Mae Smith Cook. Walter was married to Mary Elizabeth Shelton and together they had four sons.
Surviving Walter is his wife Mary of the home; and eight children; Carol Bailey with her husband Stan of Gerald; Kathy Clodfelter of Nalcrest, Florida; Michael Cook with his wife Toni of St. Louis; Patty Rueda with her husband Armondo of Fenton; Ed Cook with his wife Lisa of Villa Ridge; Walter Cook with his wife Julie of Holts Summit; Jeff Cook with his wife Cheryl of Bland; Elwood Cook with his girlfriend Chris of Owensville. Also surviving are three brothers Emory W. Cook with his wife Louanna of Columbia; Ken Cook with his wife Reba of Marshall, TX; and Larry Cook with his wife Claudia of Jefferson City; and four sisters; Margie and the late Walter Oney of Shreveport, LA; Dorothy Gregory of Columbia; Jenny Johnson with her husband Ross of Tucson, AZ; Nancy and the late Steve Clark of Brinktown; one sister in law Eileen Cook of Arnold. There are 21 grand children, 16 great grand children, and 1 great great grand daughter; and numerous nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by two brothers and one sister in law, Robert Cook of Arnold; Charles and Amber Cook of Jefferson City.
Walter worked for ten years for Monsanto in St. Louis. He moved to Jefferson City and was hired as a chef for the country clubs and major hotels. He and his family moved to Owensville, Bland, and finally settled in Owensville.