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Jay Cook

Funeral services for Jay Dee Cook, 79, Peabody, who passed away Jan. 15, 2024, at Wesley Medical Center in Wichita, will be 2 p.m. Thursday, Jan. 18, 2024, at Peabody United Methodist Church.

Pastor Nate Gift will officiate.

Visitation will be 5 to 9 p.m. Wednesday, Jan. 17, 2024, at Broadway Colonial Funeral Home, Newton. Family will be present 5 to 6:30 p.m.

Burial will be at Prairie Lawn Cemetery, Peabody.

Born Oct. 24, 1944, in Rosston, Oklahoma, to Walter R. and Ruth N. (Sundgren) Cook, Jay graduated from Newton High School in 1962.

He married Vickie Lynn Davis on July 14, 1963. They were blessed with two children, Deeana Lynn Wingert and Kelly Jay Cook; two grandchildren, Brian Gene Wingert and Jason Dene Wingert; and a great-grand-daughter, Aspen Marie Wingert.

Jay worked as a letter carrier in Peabody, Wichita, and Newton. After 34 years, he retired from the Newton post office in 2001.

After retirement, he worked in maintenance at Peabody-Burns High School for 10 years before again retiring in 2011.

Jay also retired from the Peabody Fire Department after 29 years of service. He was a member and former president of the 4th Fire District, a member of the Peabody City Council, and a member of the Peabody Zoning and Planning Board for several years. He was elected mayor of Peabody during the 1980s.

Jay enjoyed golfing and bowling. He bowled in a senior league in Newton for several years.

He also enjoyed spending time with Vickie at casinos and working with his hands doing home renovation.

He is survived by wife Vickie of Peabody, daughter Deeana of Wichita, son Kelly of Peabody, grandsons Brian of Derby and Jason of Newton, and great-granddaughter Aspen of Newton.

Other survivors include brothers William “Dub” Cook of Newton and Casey Cook of Moore, Oklahoma.

He was preceded in death by parents Walter R. and Ruth N. (Sundgren) Cook, brothers Donald Cook and Kenneth Cook, and sisters Lethia Slack and Betty Sheffler.

Memorials to Peabody United Methodist Church are suggested and may be sent to or left with the funeral home.

Last modified Jan. 18, 2024