MuskogeePhoenix.com, Muskogee, OK

Obituaries

June 18, 2013

Ray Jan Cook

1933-2013

— Ray Jan Cook, beloved husband, father, grandfather, brother, uncle, and friend, departed this life on May 29, 2013. He was born on November 25, 1933 to Corbit Ray “Joe” Cook and Cherokee “Cherry” Mounts Cook, in Fort Gibson, Oklahoma.

Jan graduated from Muskogee Central High and received a Bachelor of Science in Geology from Oklahoma A&M, now Oklahoma State University, in 1955. He then began his career as a geophysicist and continued in that profession until his retirement 39 years later from ExxonMobil. He felt fortunate to be able to spend his life doing work that he truly loved. Over time, this occupation took him to six of the seven continents and led to his family spending enjoyable years living in England and Singapore.

Also in 1955, he and wife, Jo Anne Hoyal, were married and they were blessed with the births of two sons. Family was Jan’s other love and his life was complete and content.

He was preceded in death by his parents. Left to remember him are his wife, Jo Anne; son, Craig and wife, Alicia; son, Matthew and wife, Shannon; grandson, Andrew, (all living in Houston); sister, Diane Reynolds (John) of Tulsa, OK; sister, Cheryl Blew of Fayetteville, AR; four nephews, one aunt, and a very large family of cousins.

A memorial service will be held on Wednesday, June 19, 2013 at 10:30 A.M. at the First Presbyterian Church, 228 North Lee, Fort Gibson. A private graveside service will be held for the immediate family prior to the memorial service in Greenhill Cemetery, Muskogee, in a plot adjoining his parents.

The family requests that donations be made to the First Presbyterian Church, P.O. Box 1563, Fort Gibson, OK, 74434, or to a charity of choice.

1
Text Only
Obituaries
AP Video
Couple Channel Grief Into Soldiers' Retreat WWI Aviation Still Alive at Aerodrome in NY Raw: Rescuers at Taiwan Explosion Scene Raw: Woman Who Faced Death Over Faith in N.H. Clinton Before 9-11: Could Have Killed Bin Laden Netanyahu Vows to Destroy Hamas Tunnels Obama Slams Republicans Over Lawsuit House Leaders Trade Blame for Inaction Malaysian PM: Stop Fighting in Ukraine Cantor Warns of Instability, Terror in Farewell Ravens' Ray Rice: 'I Made a Huge Mistake' Florida Panther Rebound Upsets Ranchers Small Plane Crash in San Diego Parking Lot Busy Franco's Not Afraid of Overexposure Fighting Blocks Access to Ukraine Crash Site Dangerous Bacteria Kills One in Florida Workers Dig for Survivors After India Landslide Texas Scientists Study Ebola Virus Smartphone Powered Paper Plane Debuts at Airshow Southern Accent Reduction Class Cancelled in TN
Poll

Should a federal judge have the power to strike down Oklahoma's ban on gay marriage?

Yes
No
     View Results
Featured Ads
Parade
Magazine

Click HERE to read all your Parade favorites including Hollywood Wire, Celebrity interviews and photo galleries, Food recipes and cooking tips, Games and lots more.
Stocks