Abe L. Cooke Dies in Seattle
Abe L. Cooke, 47, of Yakima, a former Ellensburg resident and a veteran of the first World War, died Wednesday in the Marine hospital in Seattle after an illness of several months.
He was born April 27, 1897, at Coberg, Ore., the son of Mr. and Mrs. E. W. Cooke, Kittitas valley pioneers. The Cooke family returned to this valley while he was still an infant and he received his education in valley schools.
He served with a National Guard company which was sent to patrol the Mexican border in the fall of 1916. He joined Troop A, which recruited here at the start of World War I. Troop A was made a military police unit at Charlotte, N.C., and was transferred to Camp Mils, Long Island, where he was discharged because of ill health.
He was married July 24, 1917, to Miss Lela Wilson, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Ernest Fetters of Ellensburg. After his discharge, he and his wife moved to Yakima, where they made their home until they moved to the coast a few months ago. He was on patrol duty at the Settle airport before his last illness.
He is survived by his widow; three sons, Truman, Eugene and Freeman, and a daughter, Mrs. Evelyn Crawford; three sisters, Mrs. T. E. Cowell, and Mrs. Frank Huss, of Ellensburg, and Mrs. M. M. Gillis of Kittitas, and four brothers, Henry, Bud and Norman of Ellensburg and Edward of Portland.
Funeral services will be held Tuesday afternoon at 1:30 o’clock at the Honeycutt chapel. Burial will be in the I.O.O.F. cemetery.