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Ronald D. Cooke

March 16, 2017

Ronald Douglas Cooke, 89, passed away Thursday, March 16, 2017 at a Topeka nursing home.

He was born January 8, 1928 at Worcester, England the son of Douglas and Winifred Cooke.  Mr. Cooke served in the British Merchant Navy.  He and his family moved to Topeka in 1956.

Mr. Cooke was a painter and had worked for Zack Taylor and J.F. McGivern.  He owned and operated Habberly Canine and was known for his dog training.  Mr. Cooke was a founding member of the North Topeka Shepherd Club.  He helped organize the Topeka Police Department canine unit in the early 60’s.  He was a member of the Moose Lodge and the Painters Union.

He was married to Iris Hartwell, they divorced.  He was preceded in death by a daughter-in-law, Mary Jo Cooke.

Survivors include two sons, Greg (Kay) Cooke and Harley Cooke Sr. all of Topeka; his sister, Eileen Roe, Topeka; three grandchildren and two great-grandchildren.

Family Memorial Services will be private.  Inurnment will be at sea.  Memorial contributions may be made to Helping Hands Humane Society and sent in care of Piper Funeral Home, 714 Maple St., St. Marys, Kansas 66536.  To leave an online condolence please go to www.piperfuneralhome.com.


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3 thoughts on “Ronald D. Cooke

  1. I will miss Ron. I am British and I met him at Grace Cathedral, I think it was 2007 when I first met him. He was very involved there and was always beautifully turned out on a Sunday. He sometimes scolded me for being too casual. He liked to speak to me about his childhood in England. He told me that he had been a chorister when he was young. I know that he loved to dance with his sister and that they were both very good dancers.

  2. To the Cooke family .Im so sorry for your loss . Ron was an amazing man . I would visit him weekly . We shared tea and loved to listen to Elvis and good ole rock and roll together . I will miss our visits .

  3. Our thoughts and prayers are with you in these days and weeks ahead.

    Our team found it a joy to get to know your father over these last 14 months and he became our friend.

    Grace, comfort and strength to all.

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