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Richard Scott Cook, 84, of Woodward passed away on Monday, August 14, 2017 at his home in Woodward. Funeral services will be held at 2:30 p.m. Wednesday, August 16, 2017 in the Billings Funeral Home Chapel with the Reverend Shannon Davis officiating. Burial will follow in the Elmwood Cemetery.

Richard Dick Cook was born December 14, 1932, to John A. Cook, Sr. and Mary Louise (Henry) Cook, in Greensburg, Pennsylvania. Dick attended grade schools in Greensburg and Springdale, Pennsylvania. Dicks family returned to Greensburg, Pennsylvania, where he graduated from Greensburg High School in 1951.

Following his high school education, Dick worked summers on residential and industrial construction projects while furthering his Liberal Arts and Chemical Engineering education at Juniata College in Huntingdon, Pennsylvania and Carnegie Institute of Technology in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. During his final two years at Carnegie Tech, Dick worked as a tool designer in Elliott Companys Jeanette, Pennsylvania industrial equipment plant. Upon graduation in 1956 from Juniata and Carnegie Institute of Technology, Dick received B.A. and B.S. degrees from the respective institutions and was the first to graduate from a pre-engineering and bachelors level program that existed between Juniata College and Carnegie Institute of Technology.

Dick started his professional career with Columbia Southern Chemical Corporation (PPG Industries, Inc.) on June 25, 1956. His initial assignment was at the Colombia Southern, New Martinsville, West Virginia chemical plant where he worked for eighteen years. While at the New Martinsville plant, Dick met and married his wife, Maxine L. Nichols. Two sons, Gregory and Douglas, were born to this union.

In 1975, Dick was assigned to the Woodward Iodine Project which was a joint operation between PPG Industries, Inc. and Amoco Production Company. With the start-up of Woodward Iodine Operations and for eight years thereafter, Dick served as Plant Manager. When Woodward Iodine Operations were acquired by Asahi Glass Company, Ltd. and Ise Chemical Industries Co., Ltd. of Tokyo, Japan in 1984, the company was renamed Woodward Iodine Corporation and Dick served as the corporations President and CEO. He held this position for eight years until his retirement on December 31, 1992.

Dick was preceded in death by his father, John A. Cook, Sr. in 1978; his mother, Mary Louise (Henry) Cook in 1985; and a brother, Kenneth H. Cook of Hershey, Pennsylvania in 2007. Dick is survived by his wife, Maxine L. Cook, of Woodward; two sons, Dr. Gregory S. Cook and wife, Vickie, and their children Joshua and Courtney of Woodward; and Drs. Douglas T. Cook and wife, Lisa, and their children Kayla and Shelby of Guthrie. He is also survived by a brother, John A. Cook, Jr. and wife, Mary Jane, of Hershey, Pennsylvania and a sister-in-law, Mary K. Cook, of Hershey, Pennsylvania; one sister, Mary Louise Shankle and husband, Harold, of Dallastown, Pennsylvania; and four nieces and two nephews in Pennsylvania.

In lieu of flowers memorial contributions may be made to the Woodward Education Foundation with the funeral home accepting the contributions.

Remembrances may be shared online at www.billingsfuneralhomewoodward.com
Published on August 15, 2017
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