William Nelson Cook Obituary

The Clark County Clipper
Ashland, Kansas
June 9, 1960
William Nelson Cook
June 27, 1899 - June 1, 1960
    William Nelson Cook was born June 27, 1899 at the Lackey ranch house west of Ashland, now the Glenn ranch.  He was the first born of the Robert Marion Cook and Mabel Leona Givler Cook.  Soon thereafter the family moved to Plains, where he grew to young manhood and received his early education.
    At the age of about 18 years he joined the Army on June 16, 1917, spending the next year and a half in the old A.E.F. and after being returned to the United States re-enlisted for a term of three years, being finally discharged in August 15, 1923.
    In Winfield, in 1926, he met his wife Voncelle and they were married in Pawhuska, Oklahoma, the following year.  To this marriage one daughter, Leona was born.  In 1937 they moved to Pueblo, Colorado and made their home there until 1951.  While there he cooked in a restaurant, worked in the steel mills and at the beginning of World War II he went into the Ordinance Department.
    They returned to Ashland in 1951 and took over the old Rainbow Cafe, operated it for two months and then purchased the present Best Cafe across the street.
    He was preceded in death by his father and three brothers.  His survivors are his wife Voncelle, his daughter, Leona Miller, Pueblo, Colorado; a sister Maude Chapman, Ashland; his mother Mabel Leona Cook of Ashland; two brothers, W. A. of Ashland and Vance of Marion, and a host of relatives and many, many friends.

Contributed by Al & Pearl Ellis  June 9, 2006.


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