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Herbert M. Cook of the Town of Tonawanda, a retired truck driver and former president of the Tonawanda American Little League, died unexpectedly Monday (Sept. 25, 2000) in Veterans Affairs Medical Center. He was 69.

Born in Van Buren, he lived in Albion and Buffalo before settling in Tonawanda 36 years ago.

Cook began driving trucks when he was 14 and, except for his time in the Marine Corps, was a truck driver until he retired in 1985.

He drove for AT&T and Leaseway, was a former steward in the Teamsters and was a member of the Teamsters Retirees Association.

Cook was a sergeant in the Marine Corps, serving in the Korean War, and was a member of Tonawandas Post 264, American Legion. He also was a former member of the National Guard.

He was a bowler and a member of several leagues.

He is survived by three daughters, Cinda Rank of Houston, Bonny-Jo Rupert of Grand Island and Patty Kaltrider of San Francisco; two sons, Glen of Dickinson, Texas, and Herbert Jr. of the Town of Tonawanda; a brother, John Magee of Lockport; and 16 grandchildren.

Services will be held at 10 a.m. Thursday in First Presbyterian Church, 149 Broad Street, City of Tonawanda. Burial will be in White Chapel Memorial Park, Amherst.


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