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“Ken was a great roommate to my son. What a heart of gold! Ken, may the longtime sun shine upon you, all love surround you and the Pure Light within...Read More »
1 of 28 | Posted by: Barbara Jo Matson - MI - Friend

“Our son was in Ken's class, and we have known Ken for many years through Regina and the hardware store. We are very sorry for your loss, and you will...Read More »
2 of 28 | Posted by: Julie and Steve Lacina - IA

“I extend my deepest sympathy to Ken's family. I went to high school with Ken and we lost touch after that. He was a couple of grades ahead of me,...Read More »
3 of 28 | Posted by: Jane Christy - Iowa City, IA

“I was so surprised to hear of Ken's passing. He would probably not even know my name, and I didn't know his - but our paths crossed both at Osco's...Read More »
4 of 28 | Posted by: Pam Butler - Iowa City, IA

“I worked with Ken many years ago at Osco Drug on Muscatine Ave. He was a good person to work with- always very friendly and willing to share his...Read More »
5 of 28 | Posted by: Kelly Triplett Larson - iowa city, IA

“So sorry for your loss. Prayers for you.. From one of your best friends/coworker. ”
6 of 28 | Posted by: kATHIE rICHARDSON - nORTH lIBERTY, IA

“I was sorry to hear of Ken's passing. I hadn't kept in touch with Ken after I left Regina, but I remember him fondly. His presence in the music...Read More »
7 of 28 | Posted by: Kristin Beatty - Teacher

“We have known Kenny since he was a little boy living across the street from us. He would knock on our door most mornings to see if Johnie could come...Read More »
8 of 28 | Posted by: Dana and Jack Mcmahon - Friend

“I only knew Ken as the counter clerk at the Eastside Lenoch & Cilek. I was quite saddened to learn that he was ill and even more saddened to learn of...Read More »
9 of 28 | Posted by: Marcia Nidey - Iowa City, IA

“We've known Kenny since he was a little boy, living across the street from us. He knocked on the door most mornings to see if Johnie could come out...Read More »
10 of 28 | Posted by: Dana and Jack Mcmahon - Friend

“Dear Linda and Family, I am so sorry for your loss. I have many fond memories of Ken at Pearson's. During my time there i always felt like you all...Read More »
11 of 28 | Posted by: Jennifer McFarland (Edwards) - IA

“I am sad to hear of Ken's passing. I always enjoyed chatting with him at the store. I loved his quirky personality and his big heart! Many...Read More »
12 of 28 | Posted by: Christine Marcinkiewicz - IA

“I remember Ken when he was our paper boy. Always playing his "air guitar" while delivering the newspapers with a big smile on his face. He went to...Read More »
13 of 28 | Posted by: Lucinda Cook - Iowa City, IA

“Ken and I worked together at Osco Drugstore in the 1990s. He was a peaceful, kind, friendly person and I am deeply saddened by his passing. We had...Read More »
14 of 28 | Posted by: Joe Hall - Iowa City, IA

“Linda - I selected "Family" as the relationship because you know that Jose and I always considered Ken our adopted son! Michelle and Ken were as...Read More »
15 of 28 | Posted by: Nancy Mendoza - IOWA CITY, IA

“I'm so sorry for your loss. I'm just a customer from Ace but I wanted his family to know how I really liked him. He was always friendly in a funny...Read More »
16 of 28 | Posted by: Laura Mcgarvey - Iowa city, IA

“Dear Linda and DaraldSo sorry to hear of Ken's passing. Beside knowing you both through church, I also knew Ken working at Ace. He was always so...Read More »
17 of 28 | Posted by: Colee Hospers - Iowa City, IA

“I will miss visiting with Ken at Lenoch and Cilek!Ken came to my rescue many years ago when I was trying to help my friend Lois into her wheelchair. ...Read More »
18 of 28 | Posted by: Katie Lammers - Friend

“I had the pleasure of knowing Ken for many years, first as K.R. the neighborhood paper delivery boy and later as Ken, a co-worker at Osco Drug....Read More »
19 of 28 | Posted by: Jeffrey Lynch - St. Paul, MN

“Linda and family - Please accept our deepest sympathies! It doesn't seem that long ago that Kenny would come over after school. We loved seeing...Read More »
20 of 28 | Posted by: Tim and Julie Taylor

“Linda and familyWe are very sorry about Ken. He was always so friendly and kind when we saw him at Ace. I know that Liz has many fond memories of...Read More »
21 of 28 | Posted by: Bev & Vince Folkedahl - Iowa city, IA

“I met Ken while in college when I worked at the soda fountain in Pearson's. We became friends through our mutual love of heavy metal music. He...Read More »
22 of 28 | Posted by: Andrea Fosler - WA - Friend

“I have many fond memories of working with Ken at Regina High School. He often visited the music department to hang out and talk. While I educated...Read More »
23 of 28 | Posted by: Michael Kennedy - Chicago, IL

“I just want to pay tribute to a great friend and human being. My times with Ken usually involved music. Listening to it and playing it. He was a big...Read More »
24 of 28 | Posted by: Tom Foraker - Iowa City, IA

“So sorry for your loss. I have many fond memories of Ken and the Cook family from Pearson's drug. I always loved reading the stories Ken would write...Read More »
25 of 28 | Posted by: Jennifer mcfarland (edwards) - IA

“Kenny, I will miss talking music and movies with you. I listened to a lot of music that I would not have chosen had you not introduced it to me. ...Read More »
26 of 28 | Posted by: Nancy Sereduck - Iowa city, IA

“I am so very sorry to hear of Ken's passing. One of my favorite memories of his was when we worked at Osco on Muscatine Avenue together. He would ask...Read More »
27 of 28 | Posted by: Kayla Lalor - IOWA CITY, IA

“Wookie will be deeply missed by all. Condolences to your family during this sad time. The Arn Family, West Branch ”
28 of 28 | Posted by: Theresa Arn - Iowa City, IA

Kenneth R. "Wookie" Cook, age 41 lifetime resident of Iowa City, died Monday, April 11, 2016, surrounded by his family and friends following his fight with cancer.

Funeral services will be held at 7pm Thursday, April 14, 2016, at Gay & Ciha Funeral and Cremation Service, where visitation will be after 5 pm until services and following the services. In lieu of flowers, memorial donations can be made to Iowa City Hospice, who have cared for Ken and his family in their usual loving and professional ways! Online condolences may be sent for his family through the funeral home website @

Ken was born August 27, 1974, in Iowa City the son of Robert "Cookie" and Linda (Hartley) Cook. Growing up in Iowa City he attended Regina Catholic Schools graduating in 1993 and later attended Kirkwood Community College for a couple of years. His first job outside of the paper route he had for years was working for his father at the former Pearsons Pharmacy in Iowa City. He later worked for Randall's Grocery Store, the former Osco's now CVS Pharmacy, and for past 13 years you would see his gentle giant stature behind the counter at Lenoch & Cilek Ace Hardware Store, their eastside location. He also enjoyed his "hobby jobs" at That's Rentertainment and Sal's Music Emporium.

In high school, Ken lettered in Drama, as a thespian he played lead male role in Hello Dolly. Ken enjoyed many passions in his life, playing bass and singing vocals in local bands over the years, listening to all forms of music, especially heavy metal and rock, writing novels that he began in high school, watching and reading any movies and stories of horror, and true to Ken's nature he truly loved his family, many friends and so many animals along the way. If you knew Ken, you knew a man who could stand over you, almost intimidate you, but would be the most caring friend you would ever have. He was always fighting for the underdog in our world!

His family includes his mother and her husband, Linda and Darrell Flinn; dearest soulmate, Eleanor Ray; grandmother, Mildred Hartley; aunt, Syndey Jane Alber; two step-brothers, Brad Flinn and Brian Flinn, Uncle Tom Hartley and his family; and so many very dear friends; all who already miss their "Wookie"!

He was preceded in death by his father, grandparents, and beloved dog, Verni.