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Obituary - Richard Wayne 'Richie' Cook Jr.

Richard Wayne "Richie" Cook Jr. 47, passed away Tuesday, August 30, 2022, in Salt Lake City, Utah from complications of heart surgery. 

A viewing will be Friday September 9, 2022, from 5-7 p.m. at Benton Funeral Home, 1201 Front St, Fort Benton. His funeral service will be 10 a.m. Saturday, September 10, 2022, at the LDS Church in Fort Benton, with his celebration of life service at 2 p.m. Saturday at the Big Sandy High School Gymnasium. His burial will follow at the Cook Family Farm with a potluck to follow at the shop.

Please visit Richie's online memorial at to send a card or leave a message of condolence for his family.

Richie was born January 30, 1975, in Fort Benton, Montana, to Richard and Marva (Dana) Cook. He was the oldest son and one of five children born to them. He attended primary school in Big Sandy. While attending Big Sandy High School he played football and was an avid speech and drama participant along with FHA.

It was in High School that he began dating Donna McLean. He graduated from High School in 1994. The couple married, June 1, 1996, made their home on the Cook family farm southeast of Big Sandy. They welcomed their first son, Richard III, in 1996; Dalton 2000; Kiera 2001; Kaitlyn 2003; Emmitt 2006; and Ahnna 2008. Their lives were blessed and full of laughter and hard work. Together they worked to develop the farm into what it is today.

It is difficult to summarize Richie into one category because he was a one-in-a-million type of person. He was an excellent husband, father, and family man. He had great advice on life and always told his children and their friends that the "choices you make now will determine the rest of your life." He was forgiving, selfless, compassionate, generous, and non-judgmental just to name a few qualities. He never met a stranger, because he talked and got to know everyone, and they eventually became friends. Richie had a strong moral character and was a dependable friend.

He and Donna were quite a team, they were members of the Montana Jaycees, the Great Falls Snow Mobile Club. Richie was an avid hunter, fishermen and family man. He was an avid Green Bay Packers Fan "Go Pack Go" and enjoyed watching every game during the football season. He loved being a husband, father, and grandfather they were his greatest achievements.

He was preceded in death by his maternal grandparents, Leland and LaRue Dana; paternal grandparents, Henry and Bertha Cook; two Angel sisters, and twosunset babies 1996, 2001.

Richie is survived by his wife of 26 years, Donna Cook; his children, Richard III (Jennifer) Cook and their daughters, Wren and Charlotte; Dalton Cook; Kiera (Dalton) Johnston and their daughter Emily; Kaitlyn (Charles) Cook; Emmitt Cook and Ahnna Cook; sister, Carla (Gary) Schantz; brother, Chad (Raychel) Cook; sisters-in-law Cecelia (Adam) Bjornestad and Brandy (Quinn) Johnston; numerous nieces, nephews, extended family and many friends.


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