Byron “Leroy” Cook

Byron “Leroy” Cook


Byron Leroy Cook, 79 of Edmond, left this earth peacefully surrounded by his family on November 17, 2018. Leroy was born December 3, 1938 to Herman Ray Cook Sr. and Maggie Evelyn Herrold in Luther, Oklahoma. Leroy graduated from Luther High School in 1957 and attended Oklahoma A&M on a baseball scholarship that fall. He met the love of his life, Karen Judkins at a dance in Harrah on December 31, 1957 and the rest is history. They married on August 2, 1958 and made their home in Luther for the next fifty plus years. Leroy worked at EMSCO Electric Supply Company for 45 years. In 1959, he started in the warehouse stocking shelves and filling orders, rising to become their top salesman for many years and later serving as Vice-President of the company. He was very active in the Luther community; serving as president on the Luther School Board, Luther Town Council, Luther Lions Club, and was a Luther Jaycee. Leroy was a 32nd Degree Master Mason and a member of the Wellston Masonic Lodge. Leroy is survived by his wife Karen, daughter Lisa Rondina and husband Gary, son Kevin Cook and wife Tammy, grandchildren Tiffany Grant-Evans and husband Brett, Tara Grant, Kory Cook and wife Lakan, Taylor Grant, Ryan Rondina, Cody Smith, great grandchildren Rowan and Sloane Cook, Olivia Rondina, brother Ron Cook and wife Paulette, sister-in-laws Coleen Cook and Carlee Cook and numerous nieces and nephews. He is preceded in death by his mother and father, brothers Herman Jr., Wayne and Jimmy and his granddaughter Ali Cook-Smith. Throughout his life Leroy enjoyed many things including spending time at the lake running trot lines, teaching his kids and friends’ kids to ski, hunting, playing cards, dancing, playing golf, OU football, helping the local kids with their 4-H & FFA livestock projects and traveling with Karen in their RV. Most of all Leroy enjoyed spending time with his family and friends enjoying a good laugh. Leroy was a member, Elder, and active supporter of the First Christian Church of Luther for most of his adult life. He especially enjoyed working with the youth groups, serving on the board, and singing in the choir. For almost 40 years Leroy was widely respected as a friend of Bill W. and traveled the state providing support to those in need. Leroy owned land north of Luther and spent countless hours with his family and some of the local high school boys doing all of the things that raising cattle involves. When Leroy’s children and even grandchildren were in school, his house was a place to gather and where you were always welcome. It was because of his care and sometimes-tough love, that many of the local youth grew up to be responsible, caring adults. He was like a second father and grandfather for many Luther kids, his legacy spans multiple generations. Funeral services will be held Wednesday, November 21st at 11:00 a.m. at the First Christian Church in Luther, Oklahoma. Interment to follow at Luther Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, Leroy’s family requests donations be made to the Alzheimer’s Association, Oklahoma Chapter. PaPa, give our “Sugar Bear” Ali a hug & a kiss. We love you.

4 thoughts on “Byron “Leroy” Cook”

  1. Darla Fent-Kelly

    Karen, Lisa, Kevin, and family,
    What a beautiful obituary for a wonderful family man and community member! My thoughts and prayers are with you all. Sincerely and with much love!

  2. Jan Root Becker

    Karen, Lisa, Kevin and families my heart and prayers are with you. LeRoy leaves a beautiful legacy. Such fond memories of you all from my childhood. The obituary is a wonderful tribute to an amazing man. Love and hugs to you all.

  3. Please except my condolences. May you find comfort in knowing that your dear one is safe in the memory of God, who will remember every detail about him and bring him back again. John 5:28, 29 gives this assurance.

  4. Carol Haggard

    Karen, Lisa, & Kevin,
    I know everyone will miss Leroy, but you all most of all. He was a kind person to me as I was finding my way growing up in Luther. I am sure the many, many, wonderful memories Leroy leaves behind will live on for a very long time. I am unable to attend his service, but hold you all in my heart today.

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