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      Larry Robert "Hymer" Cook, age 72, of rural Jasper, Missouri, passed away Saturday morning, May 13, 2017, at Mercy Hospital Carthage, following an apparent heart attack.

     Larry was born October 29, 1944, in Pittsburg, Kansas, the second of the four sons of the late Walt and Reba (James) Cook.  He graduated from Jasper High School and served his country in the U.S. Army from 1965 through 1967.  A life-long Barton and Jasper County farmer, Larry loved the land and was a stanch John Deere advocate.  He was an active member of the Jasper Shrine Crew and the Barton County Shriners, as well as the Jasper Masonic Lodge.  He enjoyed the fellowship of many friends at the Joplin and Lamar Elk Lodges and looked forward to the comradery of his Judy’s Truck Stop family each morning at breakfast.  You knew you belonged in Hymer’s inner circle if he gifted you with a nickname.

     Survivors include his three children, Kim “Pete” (Phil) Chaligoj, Jasper, Rob “Rabbit” (Jinda) Cook, Boston, Massachusetts; and Caralee “Sis” Cook, Joplin, Missouri; three brothers, “Brother Jim” (Laura) Cook, Jasper, “Brother Ed” (Linda) Cook, Liberal, Missouri, and “Brother Don” (Susan) Cook, Joplin, Missouri; a large and loved extended family of cousins, nieces and nephews, including a close nephew, Terry Cook and a close niece, Becky “Bill Beck” Cook.  Larry was adored by his nine grandchildren and they were the absolute lights of his life – Kadey “Kates” (Chris), Kamey “Kam”, Kerey “Miss Piggy”, Kenedey “Kenz”, Riley “Riles”, Mesa, Camryn “Spike”, Emelyn “Doll Baby”, and Ellise “Alice”; and three great-grandchildren, Beau, Aurora, and Colbie.

     A memorial service including military honors will be held at 10 a.m. Friday at Daniel Funeral Home with Leon Bishop and Marty Compton officiating.  Those serving as honorary pallbearers include Rob Cook, Camryn Simon, Phil Chaligoj, Terry Cook, Matt Cook, and Fred Waldbuesser.  Burial will be in Nashville Cemetery.

     The family will receive friends Thursday at the Barton County Shrine Barn in Boston, Missouri from 6:00 until 8:00 p.m. with Masonic Rites conducted at 7:30 p.m.

     Please honor Larry by dressing casual and wearing at least one article of John Deere attire to both the visitation and memorial service.

     Memorial contributions are suggested to Barton County Shriners Children’s Travel Fund, the Jasper Masonic Lodge, or Elks Lodge, in care of the funeral home.



#4 Harbor City CAButch Taft 2017-05-18 12:54
I was really sorry to hear of Larrys passing. My thoughts and prays go out to Kim, Rob, and Caralee and the rest of the Cook family.

Butch and Charlene Taft
#3 Liberal MOBill & Sheri Lanz Keltner 2017-05-17 03:47
Please know that you are all in our prayers and thoughts. I always enjoyed when Larry would come to John Deere. I will always remember his smile and hugs. I enjoyed hearing stories he would share of fun times with my dad. May God wrap his loving arms around all of you in the days and weeks ahead and may you feel his perfect peace and comfort. (Sheri)
#2 Neosho, MOBen and Melissa Cole 2017-05-16 09:52
Don and Susan, So sorry to hear about your loss. You are in our thoughts.
#1 Pine Bluff, ArkansasJanice Onstott 2017-05-14 14:23
My heart goes out to the family of Larry Cook. Larry drove off and on for Onstott Trucking. He was a great friend and a hard worker. Last time I seen Larry in March was at Peggy,s Restaurant in Jasper. His last words to me where" I miss Gene every day" as he give me a hug. Well you boys are together now.
Larry will be missed

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