The Rev. Jon Henley Cook

The Rev. Jon Henley Cook, 79, of Kenton, former minister of the East Liberty United Methodist Church, passed away Tuesday, Dec. 30, 2014, at Riverside Methodist Hospital, Columbus.

He was born in Struthers on June 20, 1935, a son of the late Carl M. and Marie V. Henley Cook.

He married Nancy Lou Evans in 1956 and she preceded him in death in March 1997. In late 1997, he married ViAnn LeVan and she preceded him in death in October 2012. He also was preceded in death by a grandson, Caleb Costin; and a sister, Kathleen Cook.

Surviving are his children, Donnell (Lori) Cook of Mechanicsburg, Kevin Cook of Wooster and Stacey (Steve) Dye of Kenton; stepchildren, April (Ray) Pulfer of Bellefontaine, Sheri (Tim Tevis) Costin of West Mansfield and Charles LeVan of West Liberty; grandchildren, Kelley Gibson and Taylor Hodge, both of Bellefontaine, Clay LeVan of West Liberty, Coltin Costin of West Mansfield, Connor and Caiden Dye of Kenton, Josh Cook of Springfield and Jacob Cook of South Dakota; and a sister, Judy (Richard) Maurer of Sunbury.

A 1953 graduate of Springfield Local High School, he attended Bluffton College and the University of Texas. He served in the United States Air Force from 1958 to 1962.

After serving his country, he worked in computer software and the life insurance industry before being called to minister in 1989. He became a pastor in the United Methodist Church, serving several churches until 2013. He was a member of the Salem United Methodist Church in Benton, Ark.

He enjoyed singing, golfing, bowling, gardening and traveling, but his biggest joy was to spend time at home with his family and to serve his church families.

The Revs. VernaGaye Sullivan and Jon Silveous officiate a funeral at 2 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 3, at the East Liberty United Methodist Church, where visitation begins at 11 a.m. Burial is at a later date in the North Greenfield Cemetery.

Memorial contributions can be made to the Make-A-Wish Foundation.

Arrangements were handled by the Mannasmith-Schnurrenberger Funeral Home, West Mansfield. Condolences may be expressed at