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On Tuesday, October 30th, our beloved husband, father and grandfather, Allen Cook, passed away at the age of 71.
Allen is survived by his wife of 49 years, Karen Cook, two daughters: Tammy (Ron) Blumhagen and Allena Cook, granddaughters Skyler and Maddie Cook, grandsons Dale (Raelynn) Blumhagen, and Cody and Quinn Blumhagen, and great granddaughters Charley and Paisley Blumhagen. Also left to mourn his passing are six brothers: Richard (Shirley), Dennis, Delbert (Dianne), Neil (Marilyn), Brain (Cathy), and Ernie (Karen), and three sisters: Cheryl (Fred) Wolfram, Sharron (Ralph) Lovatt, and Faye Cook as well as several nieces and nephews. He was predeceased by his parents Gordon and Alice Cook, his brother Gary, and his sister-in-law Louise Cook.
Allen was born in Cardston, AB on February 15, 1947, the 4th son of 11 children. In 1950 the family moved to the farm in the Elk Valley where Allen attended school in Michel/Natal and then Sparwood Secondary.
Following high school, Allen began working at the saw mill and then at the coal mine as a Warehouseman. He became the Purchasing Analyst for Kaiser Resources until eventually returning to driving truck and operating loader. After almost 50 years of working in coal mining, Allen retired in 2013. Many stories have been told about "Cookie" or "Cap".
In 1969 he married Karen Rothel, the love of his life. Their first daughter Tammy was born in 1970, followed by Allena in 1972. Allen and his girls shared a very close and loving father/daughter relationship. Horses were an integral part of their family time together – they all loved riding the trails in and around the Elk Valley.
Allen was a true farmer; he loved his cattle and horses and was happiest on his tractor. He spent many hours with his family in guide camps and shoeing horses.
Allen was a devoted family man whose world revolved around those he loved most. He was an extremely loving and proud grandfather who adored his grandchildren and great grandchildren. His legacy will continue to live on long into future generations.
Rest in Peace, Allen.