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Gary L. Cook

April 24, 1947 — November 3, 2021

Gary L. Cook, of Winchester lost a long battle with Covid on Wednesday, Nov. 3, 2021. It was nearly 55 years to the day that he met the love of his life, Debra Cook. It was the night of her 16th birthday and he knew right away he was going to marry her. Less than a year later they were married. They spent the next 54 plus years growing up and old together. You would rarely see one without the other. The love they shared was rare and one that few couples ever experience.

He is survived by his wife, Deb; children Kristin Malkey (husband Eric), Bill Cook (Jamie Burge); his grandchildren Leah (Lane Honeycutt), Jevin (Kendal Bowser) and Lynlee Malkey; Dane, Spencer, (wife Ashley), Lucas, Brayden and Nate Cook, his great grandchildren Roxanne, Charlotte and Evelyn Cook, and Luke Malkey-Tobman.
He will also be missed by many brother and sister in laws, a sister and extended family and friends.

To his family and friends, Gary will be remembered as a kind and patient man. He loved the outdoors and enjoyed watching birds, especially hummingbirds. He loved family gatherings and always enjoyed having his grandkids around him. He would let them pilfer food from his cabinets, make ice cream sundaes and share his root beer with them. He taught them it was ok to be weired and if someone said you were… you should say thank you. His grandkids will remember his secret ingredient pancakes, boating, fishing, hunting and loved it when he squirted whipped cream into their outh. They never left without their papaw telling them to "Stay out of trouble!" They would reply "you too" and he would say he was always in trouble. He loved telling stupid jokes and was proud to tell his nurses that it had been discovered that diarrhea was hereditary. It runs in your jeans. Jokes like that might be why he was always in trouble. To help celebrate Gary's life, please share a stupid joke with someone. He shared plenty of them. He will be greatly missed by all.

It was Gary's wish to be cremated and for no services to be held. The family is entrusting his care to Reichard Funeral Home in Union City, IN.

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