Floyd Allen Cook
Last updated 2/11/2021 at 11:06am
Floyd Allen Cook passed peacefully in his sleep following complications from a massive stroke on Feb. 5, 2021 at Hospice House, Spokane, Wash.
Allen was born on July 2, 1938 to Floyd and Emelia Cook. At the age of 2 his family moved from Ellensburg, Wash. to Cheney, Wash. where his father taught at Cheney High School. In high school Allen participated in football and track setting track records in 1957.
Allen worked at gas stations as a "gas pump jockey" (according to Diane's uncle), drove gas truck and delivered fertilizer for Sprague Grange Supply, managed the fertilizer shop for Harrington Grange Supply, and drove an 18-wheeler for Chimienti trucking, hauling produce to seven western states and three provinces of Canada. Oh the stories he would tell!
His life's dream was to work on the farm that his grandfather, Bard Cook, established in 1903, out of Lamont, Wash. That dream was fulfilled in 1973 when his uncle, Harry Cook, retired. Allen farmed the "home place" for 39 years, leaving the farm in 2012. He was especially proud when the farm celebrated its centennial anniversary and the barn built in 1927 was placed on the Whitman County Historical Barn Register.
Allen is survived by his wife of 56 years, Diane Dickinson Cook (whom he met at a Cheney City Hall dance). His son, Robert (Tracye) Cook of Tacoma, Wash .; Donna (Tracy) Durand of Hermiston, Ore. and Sandra (Dennis) Miller of Kahlotus, Wash. Five grandchildren: Ashley (Rob) Swigart; Brandon Horn; Teonna Horn; Logan Miller and fiance Jessica Guske and Kristen Miller. Great-grandchildren Robert Swigart, Max Swigart and Avery Horn. Brother-in-law Ed Dickinson (Ilene), numerous nieces and nephews, cousins and many, many friends.
A memorial service will be Saturday, Feb. 13, 2021 at 1:00 at the Cheney Funeral Chapel. Viewing from 4-6 on Friday, Feb. 12, 2021.
In lieu of flowers, the family suggests memorials be made to Lamont Community Church c/o Ardis Swift 13 Wiltzuis Rd Lamont, WA 99017; Lamont Fire Dept. c/o Ginny Rajala 628 Ziegler St., Airway Heights, WA 99001 or Hospice of Spokane, P.O. Box 2215 Spokane, WA 99210-2215.
Sign the online guestbook at cheneyfuneral.com.