Rev. Jon C. Cooke
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Rev. Jon C. Cooke, age 59, went home to be with his Lord and Savior Jesus on Sunday, June 24 2018.
Visitation will be from 5:00 to 7:00 PM on Wednesday, June 27, 2018 at Discovery Church, 205 West 3rd Street in Yankton, South Dakota with a prayer service starting at 7:00 PM. Funeral services will be at 10:00 AM on Thursday, June 28, 2018 at Discovery Church with Pastor Scott Klaudt officiating. Burial will take place in Hills of Rest Cemetery in Sioux Falls, South Dakota following services.
Pallbearers are Jim Anderson, Doug Fickbohm, Andy Bryan, Dean Larson, Dave Hofer, Don Campbell, and Jeff Herron.
Jon Charles Cooke was born April 25, 1959 in Branson, Missouri to Rev. Ralph and Celesta (Gleed) Cooke. Jon’s father was a pastor and the family lived in many different places as Jon was growing up. He graduated from Magnolia High School in Anaheim, California in 1979. Jon then attended Minot State College in Minot, North Dakota where he graduated with a business degree. Jon married Pamela Foss on May 25, 1985 in Sioux Falls, South Dakota. In 1987, he received his Masters of Divinity Degree from North American Baptist Seminary in Sioux Falls and for the next 31 years, Jon served several churches in Washington, Iowa, North Dakota and South Dakota. He spent the last 13 years serving in Yankton and was currently the pastor at Discovery Church.
Jon had two passions in life: people and golf. As a pastor, Jon loved to connect with people and it was his mission to encourage others to follow Jesus. Jon also sought to take his ministry from the church pulpit to the fairways and greens on the golf course. While Jon’s biggest golf accomplishment was his hole in one in Coronado, California in 2006, he most cherished the friendships he formed while on the golf course.
Jon is survived by his wife, Pam Cooke of Yankton; three children: Lindsey Cooke of Yankton, Caleb (Kristin) Cooke of Sioux Falls, and Courtney Cooke of Omaha, Nebraska; three grandchildren: Mollie and Margo Swanstrom and Trenton Cooke; six brothers and sisters: Marietta (Mike) Heuberger of Cottonwood, Minnesota, Samuel (Cheryl) Cooke of Hugo, Minnesota, Rev. Philip (Karen) Cooke of Morgan Hill, California, Deborah, (Lyn) Rambo of Elk Grove, California, Lois (Rev. Bud) Fuchs of Saratoga Springs, Utah and Mark (Rebecca) Cooke of Galt, California; one brother-in-law, Harvey Bosch of Bismarck, North Dakota; and many nieces and nephews.
Jon was preceded in death by his parents; and sister, Sarah Joy Bosch.
In lieu of flowers, Jon asked that memorials be made to Pathways Shelter for the Homeless in Yankton, South Dakota.
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Hello Pam and Family,
Sorry to hear about Jon's passing. Praying for you all in your grieving time. Jon has a special place in my heart because of his leadership. He was instrumental in a helping the Lord find his way into my heart. I will always be grateful for having known him and what he meant to me.
I would like to extend my deepest sorrow for Pastor Jon's passing. He had a very special place in my heart and I am beyond grateful to have met such an amazing, Christ-driven man. He never failed to let me know he cared and made time for me, even in the last days of his life, which was very humbling for me. The light of Christ poured out of him and I am comforted knowing he is now finally at peace and is experiencing endless joy with his Father, after a lifetime of dedication and service to him. Rest in peace, Pastor Jon. I hope to see you again.
Karen and I enjoyed Jon's friendship while he lived in Minot North Dakota. Jon was our best man at our wedding 04/10/1982. We will always cherish having known Jon.
Kurt & Karen Dennis
We are so very sorry for your loss. Jon was a wonderful pastor and an exceptional leader and example for followers of Christ. We will always be grateful for the way he blessed us. You have a beautiful family. Pam, you were a great example for me with homeschooling and Lindsey was our favorite babysitter. We love you all and will continue to pray that God brings you comfort as only He can.
April and Denver Kitzan
Dear Pam and Family,
Wayne and I share our deepest sympathies after Jon's passing. Jon married us 15 years ago this October in ND. We attended Hillside when he served there and we learned much under his leadership. What a great heart for Lord he had. We both know he is rejoicing in heaven and even while we weep for being apart from him, we know it will be a joyous reunion when we all meet again. What a great hope we have in Christ! Pam, please know how much you and your family have touched us.
Pam and family,
Sorry for your loss. I can only imagine Jon meeting Jesus, but I can see his familiar smile, it makes me smile. So faithful until the end. He helped us in so many times of testing and trouble. We first met him when he came to visit us in the hospital when Shelby was sick. Sharing his heart and Biblical wisdom. The best times we had, were the many rounds of golf we played(he was the lone witness of my hole in one, haha).
Until we meet again Pastor.
You have been in my thoughts, prayers, and heart throughout the years. I have always admired your beautiful love for the Lord, and I know Jon was blessed by your faithfulness. Praise the Lord for your marriage and family! May God bless you as you have blessed so many.
Kim Koranda Grigg
Jon will always hold a special place with in my memories. He was the first pastor I really loved to come listen to and first church I made a home. He was there to pray for me and my family as my dad passed away and then again the first person I contacted for prayers when my boy friend died. His messages always brought me to tears because he knew the right words to say to get me through whatever I was struggling with. His love for our Lord was so strong I know that his wish to show everyone how wonderful Jesus Christ is definitely got across to everyone he came in contact with. I am glad I was able to let him now that he had a huge impact in my life and that if it wasn't for him I wouldn't be as faithful as I am today! Thank you again Pastor Jon for always letting God's light shine through you!! You will truly be missed
Pastor Jon will always have a special place in my heart. My nephew introduced me to him at Calvary and I instantly felt his aura. I knew he was a loving, compassionate, humble and faithful man. I have cared deeply for him ever since. I'm happy he is in heaven now and enjoying peace and much happiness. I will miss him dearly. I didn't know he grew up in southern Calif like me and that he lived in Minot like me. He also offered to teach me golf. He was awesome and he will always be temembered.
Hello Pam and Family
Sorry to hear about the loss.Jon will always have a special place in our hearts.He was a wonderful pastor and person.Always had time to listen to you.Our deepest thoughts and prayers go out to Pam and the family.
Mark and Carla Hansen
So sorry to hear of Jon's passing. Pastor Jon was a wonderful, caring man. He will truly be missed. I thank him for helping me open my heart to the Lord when I didn't know I needed him. Prayers to you all.
Tayler Moser (Daisy)
Pam & family,
Know that you are in our thoughts and prayers during this difficult time.
Clayton & Nancy Harsch
Pam and family, My most sincere and deepest sympathy is extended to your Special family. I thought the world of Jon and will always remember his kindness to my Mom in the Nursing Home. I hated to see you leave Dickinson but got to see you in Yankton when you Jon did a little concert for my Bus Tour. Your welcome to Yankton was well received from my bus group. I wish I could be there for the funeral, but know that you and your family are in my thoughts and prayers.
Love, Patti L. Conlon
Our deepest sympathy to Jon's family. His encouragement & support will long be remembered as God led us in the conversion of a Wal-Mart into Calvery Church!
Don & Jan Lowrie
I am so sorry for your loss. I know many people will greatly miss Jon. The Family and all of God's Family that he greatly influenced in his ministry. We know he is in a better place and enjoying time with the family that has passed on before! He's singing with family and the angels.
There will never be another man like Pastor Jon. We will miss him every single day of our lives. Our love to you & the children, Pam.
Sincerely, Tammy & Dennis Kokesh
The Daryl Hochstein family would like to extend our deepest sympathy to your family. Jon got to be friends with Daryl thru chemo at the Medical Clinic in yankton. Daryl thought a lot of him. You are in our thoughts.
The Daryl Hochstein Family
Dear Pam & Family,
We send our deepest sympathies, I will always remember & Love Jon for His competitive spirit, and not just on the softball diamond but in serving the as well.
Jon was truly one of the true branches of the Master Vine. We send our love & May the God of all comfort bless you all!
Bryce & Karen Tahran
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