James “Jim” Raymond Cook, Sr. – age 73 of Jameson, MO passed away Monday morning, September 11, 2023, at home in Jameson.
Jim was born on January 3, 1950, the son of Buford and Louetta (McCoy) Cook in Fort Benning, GA. He attended school at Jameson and Gallatin. He served in the United States Navy during Vietnam from 1968 until his honorable discharge in 1974.  He received several awards for his service including the National Defense Service Medal, Vietnam Service Medal with Bronze Star, Vietnam Campaign Medal with Device and the Vietnamese Cross of Gallantry with Bronze Palm. He was a lifetime member of the VFW.  Jim worked for the City of Jameson and for the North Daviess RIII School District as a bus driver and custodian. He married Ute Wehner on December 28th, 2007, in Frankfurt, Germany. Jim was proud of Jameson and was a member of the Jameson Community Betterment Association. He enjoyed fishing, mowing grass and camping. Jim will be dearly missed by his family and friends.

Jim was preceded in death by his parents, Buford Cook and Louetta Blackburn and son, Jeremy Cook. He is survived by his wife, Ute of the home; children, James Cook, Jr. of Jameson, MO, Melissa Daly of Kansas City, MO, Cody (Cara) Cook of Kansas City, MO, and Crystal (Stephen) Kimberling of Kansas City, MO; siblings, Deborah (Gary) Robinson of Pattonsburg, MO, Billy Estes of Gallatin, MO, Marcia Bird of Gallatin, MO, and Marjorie Blackburn of Gallatin, MO; 12 grandchildren; 6 great-grandchildren and other extended family members also survive.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions are suggested to the Clear Creek Cemetery in care of the funeral home. Funeral services will be held at 2:00 PM, Saturday, September 16, 2023, at Stith Funeral Home in Gallatin.  The family will receive friends one-hour prior to the service at the funeral home. Friends may call after 9 AM, Saturday at the funeral home.  Burial with Full Military Honors will follow at Clear Creek Cemetery south of Jamesport.  Arrangements entrusted to the care and direction of Stith Funeral Home in Gallatin (660) 663-2117. Online guestbook at www.stithfamilyfunerals.com