May 15, 2017

RURAL JASPER- A memorial service, including military honors, will be held at 10 a.m. Friday at Daniel Funeral Home for Larry Robert “Hyram” Cook, 72, rural Jasper, who died Saturday morning, May 13, 2017, at Mercy Hospital Carthage, following an apparent heart attack. Leon Bishop and Marty Compton will officiate. Honorary pallbearers will be Rob Cook, Camryn Simon, Phil Chaligoj, Terry Cook, Matt Cook and Fred Waldbuesser. Burial will be in Nashville Cemetery.

Visitation will be held at the Barton County Shrine Barn in Boston, Mo., from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. Thursday, with Masonic Rites conducted at 7:30 p.m.

Please honor him 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.

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Survivors include his three children, Kim “Pete” Chaligoj and husband Phil, Jasper, Rob “Rabbit” Cook and wife Jinda, Boston, Mass. and Caralee “Sis” Cook, Joplin; three brothers, “Brother Jim” Cook and wife Laura, Jasper, “Brother Ed” Cook and wife Linda, Liberal and “Brother Don” Cook and wife Susan, Joplin; a large extended and loved extended family of cousins, nieces and nephews, including a close nephew, Terry Cook and a close niece, Becky “Bill Beck” Cook. He was adored by his nine grandchildren and they were the absolute lights of his life – Kadey “Kates” and husband 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.

Mr. Cook was born Oct. 29, 1944, in Pittsburg, Kan., to Walt and Reba (James) Cook. He was a Jasper High School graduate and served his country in the U.S. Army from 1965 to 1967. A lifelong Barton and Jasper County farmer, he 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 Elks Lodges and looked forward to the camaraderie of his Judy's Truck Stop family each morning at breakfast. You knew you belonged in his inner circle if he gifted you with a nickname.