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Floyd Allen Cook


February 11, 2021

Floyd Allen Cook

Floyd Allen Cook

Floyd Allen Cook passed peacefully in his sleep following complications from a massive stroke on Feb. 5, 2021, at Hospice House, Spokane, Wash.

Allen was born on July 2, 1938, to Floyd & Emelia Cook. At the age of two his family moved from Ellensburg, Wash., to Cheney, Wash., where his father taught at Cheney High School. In high school Allen participated in football and track setting track records in 1957. Allen worked at gas stations as a "gas pump jockey" (according to Diane's uncle), drove gas truck and delivered fertilizer for Sprague Grange Supply, managed the fertilizer shop for Harrington Grange Supply, and drove an 18 wheeler for Chimienti trucking, hauling produce to seven western states and three provinces of Canada. Oh the stories he would tell!

His life's dream was to work on the farm that his grandfather, Bard Cook, established in 1903, out of Lamont, Wash. That dream was fulfilled in 1973 when his uncle, Harry Cook, retired. Allen farmed the "home place" for 39 years, leaving the farm in 2012. He was especially proud when the farm celebrated its centennial anniversary and the barn, built in 1927, was placed on the Whitman County Historical Barn Register.

Allen is survived by his wife of 56 years, Diane Dickinson Cook, whom he met at a Cheney City Hall dance. His son, Robert (Tracye) Cook of Tacoma, Wash .; Donna (Tracy) Durand of Hermiston, Ore .; and Sandra (Dennis) Miller of Kahlotus, Wash. Five grandchildren; Ashley (Rob) Swigart; Brandon Horn; Teonna Horn; Logan Miller and fiance, Jessica Guske and Kristen Miller. Great-grandchildren Robert Swigart, Max Swigart, and Avery Horn. Brother-in-law Ed Dickinson (Ilene); numerous nieces and nephews; cousins and many, many friends.

The memorial service will be held on Saturday, Feb. 13, 2021, at 1 p.m. at the Cheney Funeral Chapel. Viewing will take place from 4 to 6 p.m. on Friday, Feb. 12, 2021.

In lieu of flowers, the family suggests memorials be made to Lamont Community Church c/o Ardis Swift, 13 Wiltzius Rd, Lamont, WA 99017; Lamont Fire Dept. c/o Ginny Rajala, 628 Ziegler St, Airway Heights, WA 99001; or Hospice of Spokane, P.O. Box 2215, Spokane, WA 99210-2215.

Online guest book at cheneyfuneral.com.


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