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Ryan L. Cook

Ryan L. Cook of Gunnison died Saturday, May 24, 2003. He was 20.

A memorial service will be held at 11 a.m. on Saturday, Oct. 25, at the Gunnison Community Church, with the Revs. James Cordero and Steve Moorehouse officiating.

Mr. Cook was born Sept. 8, 1982, in Canon City to Bambi French and Kenny Cook. He spent his childhood in Canon City and Gunnison. He attended junior and senior high school in Gunnison, and attended Glenwood Springs High School.



He was an outstanding athlete and a strong competitor. He played soccer, ran track, played football and rode bulls. His mother was a rabid fan and a coach. His father sparked his interest in bull riding and loved teaching and watching him.

At the varsity level, he wrestled and played golf. His stepfather served as a strong motivator for wrestling, while his uncle taught him golf. He qualified for the state wrestling tournament in 2002, and his whole family watched and cheered him on.



He could make people laugh and loved watching comedies and entertaining family at the holidays. He was the life of the party. He touched everyone with his love, laughter and forgiving heart.

Mr. Cook is survived by his mother and stepfather, Bambi and Ed Stewart of Gunnison; by his father, Kenny Cook of Penrose; by a daughter, Taylor Fischer of Denver; by brothers Jason Cook and Jeremy Cook, both of Penrose, and Kenneth Cook and Michael Cook, both of Canon City; by a sister and brother-in-law, Rayna and Andrew Clarke of Gunnison; by stepsister and stepbrother-in-law Lori and Kevin Alexander of Gunnison; by grandparents Leroy and Connie French of Canon City, and Betty Cook of Canon City; by great-grandmother Lillian Shemwell of Colorado Springs; by a niece, Marin Clarke of Gunnison; and by aunts and uncles Tami and Trey Holt of Glenwood Springs and Gary Bales of Denver; and by a cousin, Stacie Bales of Denver.


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