Charles "Pops" Cook, 85, of St. Joseph, passed away on Sept. 9, 2019, at his daughter's home, in Westboro, Missouri.

Charles was born Nov. 29, 1933, in Brookfield, Missouri, to the late Harvey & Faith (Gates) Cook.

He was a graduate of Brookfield High School and served his country in the United States Army Signal Corps.

He spent 30 years of his career as a truck driver for Affiliated Foods.

He married Ruby Marie Cheek, in Brookfield, Missouri, on June 5, 1953.

She preceded him in death, in Jan. 1986, after 33 years of marriage.

In addition to his parents and wife, Mr. Cook was preceded in death by: his sister, Frances; brother, Paul; and grandson, Charlie Cook.

Charles is survived by: sons, Matt Cook and Eric (Tina) Cook; daughter, Juli (Roger) Buhman; sisters, Viola Forgerson, Ramah Van Dusseldorp, Clara Bliss; brother, Leroy Cook; 10 grandchildren; 14 great-grandchildren; and several nieces and nephews.

He was a member of the Assembly of God.

His passions were hunting, fishing, playing cards and spending time with his family.

Family visitation: 11 a.m. to 12 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 12, 2019, at Heaton-Bowman-Smith & Sidenfaden Chapel.

Funeral service: 12 p.m., also at our chapel.

Interment, with military honors, will be at Ashland Cemetery.

In lieu of flowers, the family suggests memorial donations be made to Mosaic Hospice.

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