Larry Cook

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Larry D. Cook, 79, of Belleville, IL, born December 19, 1940, in Taylorville, IL, passed away Friday, January 10, 2020, at his residence.

Mr. Cook retired from Peabody Coal Company.  He formerly worked at George Renner & Sons Funeral Home.  He was a member of the Illinois Pilots Association, a member of the Freeburg Masonic Lodge, and was an Ainad Shrine member.  Larry was a U.S. Navy veteran and a life member of the VFW where he served as a Past Commander. A member of St. Joseph’s Catholic Church in Freeburg, Larry was also a member of the men’s club at the church.

He was preceded in death by his wife, Betty L. Cook, nee Owens, who died on September 16, 2012; a son, Larry D. Cook Jr.; his parents, Chester L. and Elva A., nee Brookens, Cook; five sisters, Janice Beck, Marcia Shelite, Mary Elizabeth Murray, Minnie Griffin, and Judy Zeitler; three brothers, Robert Cook, Stanley Cook, and Harvey L. Cook; a stepson, David Chadeayne; and a stepdaughter, Suzie Chadeayne.

Surviving are a sister, Rosetta (Jack) Neal of Sun City West, AZ;
two stepsons, Gary (Shannon) Chadeayne and Tony (Melissa) Chadeayne;
seven step-grandchildren, Meghan and Max Chadeayne, Ryan and Tyler Chadeayne, and Alyssa, Anthony, and Alexandria Chadeayne;
a daughter-in-law, Kim Schewe;
a special friend, Virginia Hackmann;
nieces and nephews;
and cousins.

Memorials may be made to the Shriner’s Hospital for Children.   Condolences may be expressed to the family online at

 Funeral:  A Mass of Christian Burial will be offered at 11 a.m. Thursday, January 16, 2020, at St. Joseph Catholic Church, Freeburg, IL, with Fr. Mark Reyling officiating. Military honors will be rendered before the mass.

Burial will be at Jefferson Barracks National Cemetery, St. Louis, MO, at a later date.


2 Comments on Larry Cook

Don Hinrichs said : Guest Report Jan 13, 2020 at 8:39 PM

You were a very good friend and I will always cherish that friendship. I will not forget our last conversation together and what we talked about. Their were not many days when we did not talk on the phone or visit. I was very happy and I know you were too when you joined the Catholic Faith. I will miss you Larry. You will never be forgotten. Rest in peace.

  • Freeburg
  • Il
Don Rakers said : Guest Report Jan 11, 2020 at 9:52 PM

May you Rest in Peace Larry. You will be dearly missed by many, especially the members of St. Joseph Men’s Club. We enjoyed many great poker games at St. Joseph, your house and Freeburg Sportsman’s Club. I know you suffered for many years battling Parkinson’s. However, you bore your pain with dignity and little complaint. I recall among the last things you told me just two days before you passed was that you were not afraid and were ready. Those words were comforting and I hope I can meet death with the same strength of Faith. I was always proud to be your friend, Larry Cook. I’ll miss you. Don Rakers

  • Freeburg
  • Illinois

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