Wiley Blanton Cook

Born: Thu., Mar. 26, 1931
Died: Sat., Jun. 20, 2020


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Wiley Blanton Cook
March 26, 1931 – June 20, 2020

Wiley Blanton Cook died June 20, 2020 of natural causes at the Washington State VA Facility in Walla Walla, WA.

Wiley was born March 26, 1931 in French Camp, MS to Elmer and Lonnie Cook and spent his childhood growing up in Stewart, MS with his sister Jane and brother James.  He graduated from Weir High School in 1949.

In 1952 Wiley joined the Army and received his military training at Fort Sill, OK.  He was a veteran of the Korean War.  In 1955 Wiley found himself working for US Gypsum in Pilot Rock, OR, where he met his future wife, Velda Robertson.  They were married on June 28, 1958 in Pendleton and remained married for 58 years.  They had two sons, Donnie (born in 1959) and Randy (born in 1963).  In 1968 the family moved from Pilot Rock to a farm on the Umatilla River where they remained until 2014.  In 1970, Wiley went to work for Umatilla County Public Works and later he worked for the City of Pendleton Public works, before retiring in 1985.

Wiley was a member of the Pendleton Elks Lodge and VFW Post 922.  He enjoyed fishing, hunting, camping, wood cutting and growing a garden each year that was large enough to feed several families; and it did.  Wiley also loved to spoil his 3 grandchildren, Ryan, Rachelle and Megan.  One of the sayings Wiley will always be remembered for is, “You can have a million dollars, but if you don’t have a friend, you will always be poor.”

Wiley is survived by his son Donnie Cook of Pendleton; sister Jae Burney of Stewart, MS;  granddaughters, Rachelle Knight (Cook;) husband Ross) of North Plains, Or and Megan Peterson (Cook; husband Skylar) of Klamath Falls, OR; great-granddaughters Laynie Knight and Chandler Knight; great-grandsons Bentley Knight and JJ Peterson, and many nieces and nephews.

Wiley was preceded in death by his parents, his wife Velda, his son Randy, grandson Ryan Cook, daughter-in-law Elise Cook and his brother James Cook.

A private family service will be held on a date yet to be determined.

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Joann Kinder kurt kinder
   Posted Wed June 24, 2020
Donnie
May God grant you and family peace and comfort at this time.
Joann & Kurt Kinder

Louis M. Case
   Posted Thu June 25, 2020
Love & Respect & Prayers from the Louis M. Case Family.

Monica
   Posted Fri June 26, 2020
Condolences to Wiley’s family and friends. He was a gem and would always brighten my day with our talks.

Mike Dabulskis
   Posted Sun June 28, 2020
Wiley was always part of the solution and not the problem, was a positive and supportive man. I enjoyed knowing him and will remember him fondly. I knew him as I went through the officer chairs in the BPO Elks Lodge. What a great man with a great smile.

Mike Dabulskis PER BPOE #288

Duane Lucas-Roberts
   Posted Tue June 30, 2020
I have had the pleasure of visiting Wiley and 5 other veterans at the Walla Walla Veterans Home each week for the past year and a half. Wiley was a joy to visit with. I know that he was often in pain but one would never know it because he was always engaged, cheerful and positive. I loved hearing his stories of growing up in Mississippi and trapping with his father; being in Korea during his military service; his life in Pilot Rock working with U.S. Gypsum; and his career driving trucks. Mostly, he shared about his love for his wife, children and grandchildren. He displayed their pictures prominently and would get the biggest smile in telling stories about them all. I always felt uplifted after my hour or so with Wiley each week. I miss him very much.

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