Clifton C. ‘Jack’ Cook Jr., 85, Birdseye

Clifton C. “Jack” Cook Jr., 85, of Birdseye, passed away at 5:10 a.m., on Friday, March 27, 2020, at Memorial Hospital and Health Care Center in Jasper.

He was born August 30, 1934, in Indianapolis to Clifton Sr. and Virginia (Richey) Cook. Jack was united in marriage to Diana L. McFarland on June 29, 1952. 

He worked for Mulzer Crushed Stone at their Eckerty plant where he retired after 40 years. Jack worked several years as a campground host at Bear Lake and Indian Celina Lake in Perry County.

He was a member and Deacon of New Hope General Baptist Church in Birdseye and formerly served as vice-president on the Birdseye Cemetery Board. 

He enjoyed hunting, fishing, gardening, camping and spending time with his family. 

Jack was preceded in death by his wife, Diana Cook, who passed away on February 15, 2017; two sons, Clifton “Cliff” Cook and Doug Cook; two brothers, Norman Cook and Bill Barley; and two sisters, Wanda Lane and Cleo Simpson.

He is survived by one daughter, Mary (Eli) Snelling of Wickliffe; one brother, Melvin Cook of Indianapolis; six grandchildren, Dawn (Joe) Detty of Birdseye, Shawn (Angie) Cook of Velpen, Shanna (Chad Schmitt) Cook of Wickliffe, Erica (Ryan) Scherzinger of Jasper, Chris (Ashley) Cook of Newburgh and Andy (Dana McBride) Snelling of Wickliffe; and 10 great-grandchildren, Kyle Detty, Kristen Detty, Levi Allinger, Wyatt Allinger, Grace Allinger, Hunter Snelling, Evan Snelling, Paige Cook, Meredith Cook and Grayson Cook.

Private funeral services for Clifton “Jack” Cook, Jr. will be held on Monday, March 30, 2020, at the New Hope General Baptist Church in Birdseye with interment to follow at the Birdseye Cemetery.

Nass & Son Funeral Home in Huntingburg has been entrusted with the burial arrangements.

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