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Information for Ralph Edward Cookston
20 May, 1918 24 April, 1986
From the Idaho Press-Tribune
April, 1986
Contributed by Dennis McIndoo


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Ralph Cookston

     Services for Ralph Edward Cookston, 67, Parma, who died of natural causes Thursday, April 24,at his home, will be conducted at 2 p.m. Tuesday at the Dakan Funeral Chapel, Parma.
     Howard Iverson of the Caldwell Kingdom Hall, Jehovah's Witnesses, will officiate.  Burial will follow in the Parma Cemetery.
     Mr. Cookston was born May 20, 1918, at Dunlap, Tenn., to Lee and Florence Cookston.  As a child, he moved to the home of an uncle in Missouri where he was reared.  When he was a young man, he moved to Wyoming where he worked in a coal mine.  During the spring and summer months each year he worked on the West Coast as a logger.
     He married Beulah K. Spores on Jan. 23, 1946, at Rock Springs, Wyo.  He had worked in the logging areas of the West Coast for 30 years before moving to Parma in 1969.  While in Parma he had worked at Tamura Onion Company until retiring in September of 1985.
     He is survived by his wife of Parma; four sons, Jerald Cookston and John Cookston, both of Parma, Donald Cookston of McCloud, Okla., and Don Maggard of Parma; three daughters, Janice Brown of Parma, Joyde Hodge of Port Orford, Ore., and Donna Kenworthy of Norman, Okla.; a sister, Oleta Duncan of Tonapah, Nev.; two brothers, Ernest Cookston of Bremerton, Wash., and John Cookston of St. Elmo, Alabama; 18 grandchildren, five great-grandchildren and numerous nieces and nephews.
     He was preceded in death by his parents and a brother.
     Memorials may be made to the American Heart Association of Idaho in care of the Dakan Funeral Chapel, P. O. Box 1386, Caldwell, 83606.
     Friends may call at the Dakan Funeral Chapel in Parma Monday from 7 to 9 p.m.