Curtis C. Cook

2011-12-07T00:00:00Z Curtis C. Cook
December 07, 2011 12:00 am

HAMILTON - Curtis C. Cook, 95, of Hamilton passed away Monday, Dec. 5, 2011, at home. He was born June 28, 1916, in Hamilton, the son of Albert Levi Cook and Ina Louise Abbey Cook.

His family moved to Missoula in 1919. Curtis attended schools in Missoula from elementary through law school. He was in the Army Air Force during World War II as a radar operator.

He finished law school after coming back from the war and became a practicing member of the Montana Bar Association in 1947. He was the oldest practicing attorney in the state of Montana at the time of his death.

On Dec. 27, 1947, Curtis married Mary Lou Rasmussen. They moved to Helena in June 1948 where Curtis was assistant attorney general. From Helena, they moved to Hamilton in September 1948 where they built their home and raised their family.

Curtis and Mary Lou enjoyed traveling taking trips to Alaska, Mexico, Canada and much of the U.S. Curtis and Lualyce took trips to visit friends the last couple years.

He was active in many groups around the area. He was a member of the Masons, Eastern Star, Grand Cross, Veterans of Foreign Wars, and American Legion. Curtis attended the United Methodist-American Baptist Church in Hamilton, and enjoyed attending continuing legal education courses. He was always interested and active in community planning and work with numerous groups to preserve and improve our lives in the Bitterroot Valley.

Curtis was preceded in death by his wife, Mary Lou; parents and two brothers and two sisters.

Survivors include his daughters, Irene L. Cook and Lualyce A. Cook and granddaughter Amber A. Rodriguez, all of Hamilton, and nephews, nieces and cousins around the country.

He always had a song or poem to share and lived fully to the end. He always said, "There are no atheists when your plane is crashing over Greenland."

A celebration of life will be held at the Daly-Leach Chapel in Hamilton on Thursday, Dec. 8, at 2 p.m. with a reception to follow in the funeral home's community room. Services will be conducted by Reverend Sarah Beck.

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