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Edward V. Cooke, 84, long-time Ellensburg resident, died at a local nursing home Wednesday. Born May 4, 1888 in Ellensburg, he was son of pioneer family, Father was C. P. Cooke, Mother Verenda Wheeler, whose parents were early-day settlers here in the valley.

He was married to Ada Rich 1908, in the Fairview District. They moved to Yakima, where he learned the plastering trade and later went into contracting.

He lived in Portland, Ore., and Stockton, Calif. and returned to Yakima and later moved back to Ellensburg, where they purchased a home o Rt. 3, and lived until his retirement. In 1964 they moved to E. Eighth street, and then moved to Trinal Manor.

He is survived by his wife, two daughters, Mrs. Nina Bauer and Mrs. Cleroa Pickup, both of Ellensburg; two sons, Rex, of Klickitat, and Carl of Wenatchee; two sisters, Mrs. Marjorie Gillis, of Kittitas, and Mrs. Susan Huss, of Ellensburg; eight grandchildren and 19 great grandchildren.

Funeral will be Friday, 2 p.m. Evensonís Chapel. Rev. Craig Willis will officiate. Burial will follow in I.O.O.F. Cemetery.


Edward Vander Cooke died June 28, 1972. He married Ada Cleora Rich on June 24, 1908. According to the 1900 Kittitas Co. census, his father was Edward Cooke. Charles P. Cooke was his grandfather. The headstone below shows his parents.