Lonnie K. Cook
Lonnie K. Cook March 17, 2017 Lonnie K. Cook, 84, died March 17, 2017, at home, with his wife Judy. He was born in Eugene, Oregon to James Cook and Annis Yoakam Cook. She went by Eloise or Ann. At an early age, he moved with his family to Portland, Oregon. He had more freedom than most kids. He had many childhood adventures and some narrow escapes. As a teenager, he traveled the West Coast, working for room and board. While working for a farm family, he learned about tools and equipment and farm life but he learned more than he wanted to know about chickens. In 1947, he entered service with The Oregon National Guard in Gresham, Oregon, as a PFC, and was based out of Fort Lewis, for three years during the Korean War. Later, in California, he found a job at McDonnell Douglas Aircraft. From there, he moved back to Portland where he bought a house. He had gained experience customizing cars for himself and friends so he started up Lonnie's Custom Auto. One of his projects for a client was featured in a national magazine in his name. He attended Portland State college where he met his wife Judy. They were married in Totem, near Vancouver, WA. Their boys started and attended grade school in East Portland and then the family moved to Judy's home town, Boise, Idaho, where they had intended to stay but Lonnie had begun working in the bridge painting business and he found that making a living that way in Boise, for their big family wasn't practical, so they moved West of the Cascades where he said, "There were hundreds of bridges needing paint." Eventually, Lonnie, Judy and sons started up Sunset Coatings Company, sandblasting and painting structural steel. In Everett, Washington, Lonnie and Judy purchased a five acre, undeveloped property filled with ferns, vine maples, wildflowers and timber. It had been there for many years and by then it was surrounded by highways, shopping centers, restaurants and homes. Being careful not to disturb the native growth, the family worked together to build a home, work-shops, small barn, animal shelters and cross fences made from fallen Cedar that Lonnie and the boys dug out of the ground. They enjoyed life there with gardens, vines, farm animals, chickens and a pond for their ducks and geese. They had frequent visitors there. Earlier in Lonnie's life, in Portland, Lonnie became very interested in ¼ mile racing. He did well racing cars through the years, on tracks in Oregon, Washington and Idaho. In the 80's he renewed an interest in motorcycling. He and the boys enjoyed dirt bike riding and Judy began riding with Lonnie on his Harley street bike. They had many good times riding around the beautiful Puget Sound area. When their sons started out on their own, Judy and Lonnie moved three miles north to Marysville, the city of strawberries and Cape Cod style houses. Soon after settling in there, Judy bought a Velorex sidecar. Lonnie installed it on his motorcycle and they became sidecar-rig riders. Lonnie was a talented fabricator and quickly became a proficient installer. They built a shop there and that was the beginning of Northwest Sidecars. They were registered with the United Sidecar Assn. and belonged to the Sidecar Industry Council. Most of their first work there was for Vietnam veterans, wounded soldiers, coming back home, that were unable to ride the motorcycles that they had left behind. Lonnie could outfit their bikes for their special needs and with the sidecar's third wheel, they were able to get in the wind again. While living in Marysville, Lonnie Attended Everett College. He also worked there as a hands-on instructor in the welding shop to the English-second-language-speaking students. In 2006 Lonnie and Judy moved their home and Sidecar business back to Boise, this time to stay. They did a lot of riding locally and on long trips. Lonnie especially enjoyed going on tour with his riding buddys. He was diagnosed with prostate cancer in 2013 and dealt with that until he was unable to ride. He closed the shop in 2016. He continued to enjoy consulting on the sidecar site. Finally, he spent his days planning meals and cooking and singing in the kitchen. Lonnie had a wonderful singing voice and he knew hundreds of songs and all the lyrics. He and Judy have always enjoyed singing together. Lonnie had a big personality, great sense of humor and a full life. Lonnie is survived by his wife Judy, Boise, Idaho; his sons Gregory Cook, (Debra), Mountain View, Hawaii; Kenneth Cook, Lynnwood, Washington and Michael Cook Sr., (Barbara), Edmonds, Washington; his sister, Helen Peterson, (Keith), Yuma, Arizona; his brother-in-law, Daniel Berry, Meridian, Idaho; his sister-in-law, Nancy Lukas, Garden City, Idaho; and his brother-in-law by previous marriage, Terry Smith (Sylvia), Snohomish, Washington; his grand-children, Brandon, Nicholas, Melissa, and Tamara; Michael, Colin and Cali; Dustin, Alex, and Joshua; Konana, Shelly, Shauna and Shilo; his great and great- great grandchildren; his many nieces and nephews; long-time friends, Walter Ingram (Marilyn) Boise, Idaho; Larry Marshall (Gayle), Port Coquitlam, BC, Canada; and many special friends. He was preceded in death by his parents, James Cook and Eloise Jordan (previously Ann Cook); his son, Bennie Cook; his son Manley Kai Cook, by previous marriage; his sister Betty, brothers James, Joseph and Benito. Lonnie specified that his ashes are to be cast out near the City of Refuge in Hawaii, in a spiritual ceremony with family, friends, and a Kahuna present according to Hawaiian culture. There will also be a casual gathering in Lonnie's honor for family and friends at Lonnie and Judy's home, in Boise, on April 30, from noon on. Appreciation and sincere thanks to Treasure Valley Hospice, St. Alphonsus Oncology Center, and Accent Funeral Home.
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