Loving husband, father, grandfather and great grandfather, Bernard Henry Cook, left this mortal life on Saturday, November 11, 2017. He was loved and respected by many and will be greatly missed. He was getting ready to attend the Cook winter party in Lehi. Instead he visited with different family members than planned that morning. Bernard was born September 20, 1927 in Cedar Fort, Utah to Barnes Alma Cook and Alice Adeline Southam Cook.
Bernard spent his youth in Cedar Fort helping his father take care of the farm and ranching while several older brothers served in WWII. Bernard spent his entire working career employed by the Tooele Army Department and Deseret Chemical as an ammunitions surveillance worker, retiring when he was 55.
He found a shared love of nature with his sweetheart Anna Jane Butt, who he adored and married on June 14, 1950 in the Salt Lake Temple. Together they raised three sons, Bernard (Marlene), Dennis (Beverly), and Neil (Sharlene). He was a devoted husband and father and found great pride in the achievements of his family.
Bernard was a faithful member of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints who quietly served in many callings, humbly doing whatever was asked of him. He was a cowboy at heart, and loved the time he spent riding horses, fishing, and hunting with his sons. He loved to go to the very top of the mountains and fish any stream or lake large enough to have a fish in it, with family and friends.
Throughout his life he called Cedar Fort, American Fork, and Nephi home. Bernard loved singing, dancing, sports, fruit trees, gardening, and his animals. He took great pride in his flowers, garden, orchard, and yard. He was a hard worker who always went out of his way to help his sons in their lives. He loved having a house full of family, especially grandchildren and great grandchildren. Everyone who entered his home was always welcome.
In recent years, his biggest smiles were reserved for a fish in his hand or his great grandchildren.
Bernard was preceded in death by his father, mother, wife, five brothers and six sisters. One sister survives him, Reba (Lenford) Kitchen (American Fork) and sons Bernard N. Cook (Marlene) of Roosevelt, Dennis J. Cook (Beverly) of American Fork, and Neil V. Cook (Sharlene) of Nephi, 20 grandchildren and 53 great grandchildren and one great great granddaughter.
The family wants to thank the many doctors, nurses, and caregivers who worked patiently to ease his final months and days on this earth.
Funeral services will be Friday, November 17 at 11 a.m. at the Cedar Fort Chapel, 185 E. Center St., Cedar Fort, Utah with a viewing before the services from 9:30-10:45 a.m. Interment, Cedar Fort Cemetery. Online guest book at wingmortuary.com.