Vigen Memorial Home obituary – Jay F. Cook, 67, Keokuk

Jay Frank Cook, 67, of Keokuk

Jay Frank Cook, 67, of Keokuk, IA died Monday, April 13, 2020 at his home.
Jay was born on September 3, 1952 to Frank and Marcia (Weber) Cook. He graduated from Keokuk High School in 1971.
On December 22, 1973 he married Drucilla A. Ricker in Keokuk.
Jay had worked at Midwest Carbide and Pinnacle Foods.
He was a member of the Benevolent and Protective Order of Elks, Keokuk Lodge #106.
Jay enjoyed life and loved to have a good time. Doug Nickel and Mark Gates were his lifelong friends. Jay was the first bowler at the Arrowhead Bowl to have a perfect 300 game. Besides bowling he enjoyed playing Euchre, watching the St. Louis Cardinals and the Iowa Hawkeyes, collecting baseball cards and spending time with his family. Jay always had a positive look on life and took every moment to enjoy it
Jay is survived by his wife, Dru, his greatest joys, his son Ryan (Margaret) Cook, his daughter Cara (Brad) Johnson and his grandchildren Jake Cook, Megan Cook, Rylee Johnson and Jaelyn Johnson all of Keokuk. He is also survived by his sister Cindy Hoewing and daughter Gretchen, sisters-in-law and brothers-in-law, Denice (Mike) Samuels, Dawn (Jeff) Marlin, Penny (Craig) Williams, and Patrick Ricker along with several nephews, nieces, aunts, and uncles.
He was proceeded in death by his father, mother, and sister-in-law, Diana Hester.
Due to the current COVID-19 situation and the restriction for public gatherings, a Celebration of Jay’s life will be held at a later date at The Elks Lodge BPOE #106 .
Memorials may be made to the Iowa Chapter of the ALS Association or to Lee County Hospice.
The Vigen Memorial Home in Keokuk is assisting the family with arrangements.
On-line condolences may be sent to the family at

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