January 18, 2022

Keith Cook


Keith Cook, 73, of Ames, passed away Jan. 10, 2022, at his home. A visitation was held on Thursday, Jan. 13, 2022, at the CityChurch of Ames-Des Moines, 2400 Oakwood Rd., Ames. A Celebration of Life Service will be held on Friday, Jan.14, 2022, at CityChurch Ames-Des Moines.

Keith Molln Cook was born at home on September 29, 1948, the son of Charles and Vera (Molln) Cook, in rural Adair County Iowa. He and his whole family were baptized as part of Stanzel Baptist Church in the Grand River (Iowa) in 1961. He graduated from Greenfield High School in 1966. Keith then attended Grace Bible Institute in Omaha, Nebraska, as well as the University of Nebraska-Omaha and earned a Bachelors Degree. Keith met Carol Strong at Stanzel Christian High School in 1970 and were married in 1971.

Keith began working as a teacher, but eventually began a career in management for Hy-Vee food stores working in Ames, Newton, and Boone, Iowa as well as New Ulm, Minnesota. His interests lead him to purchase and run his own business, Cyclone Printers of Ames, which he owned and operated with the help of his family until its sale in the early 2000s. At the time of his death he was actively involved in the CityChurch of Ames-Des Moines (Oakwood Road Church) where he served as the chairman of the elder board. He also served as the Chairman of BILD International, a global church-based leadership organization based out of Ames.

Keith was an avid fisherman, hunter, and trapper, as well as a huge fan of the Minnesota Twins, watching most every game each season. But, his greatest joy was his family. His love for his children and grandchildren were his passion, as well as serving his faith family throughout his life.

He is preceded in death by his parents, Charles and Vera; wife, Caroline and brother, Curtis.

Keith is survived by his three children, Maxton (Heather) Cook of Boone, Jordan Cook of Ames, Tamara (Daniel) Law of Boone; two brothers, Jack (Connie) Cook of Ames, Kevin (Patricia) Cook of Ames and seven grandchildren, Lydia, Calvin, Marcus, Anthea, Elliana, Theodore and Thayne.

In lieu of flowers, the family encourages you to make a donation to the CityChurch of Ames-Des Moines.

Online condolences may be left for the family at www.adamssoderstrum.com