Rodney John “Buzzy” Cook was born Oct. 30, 1954 to Leona and John Cook in Brewster, Wash. He was one of three children born into this union, with his sisters, Donnella and Glenda (who passed at a very young age).
Buzzy had the opportunity to live in many places in the course of his life. He spent his younger years in the state of Washington. Later with his mother and step-father, Mel, they moved to Hawaii, where Buzzy finished high school. Mel filled a lot of voids in Buzzy’s life in his formative years and was always there for him. He learned a lot of skills working beside Mel, in the construction trade, skills that helped him through the course of his life. He returned from Hawaii and spent time in Oregon, where he was in the Job Corps.
He came back to the Okanogan and worked at the Dave Roberts Smoke Shop in Brewster for a time, then he worked at the mill in Omak for quite some time before he hit the road and became a race horse trainer.
He spent time in Canada running race horses, along with being at other bush tracks, honing his horse skills. He had a very successful career in the race horse world and had a lot of wins under his belt.
He was loved and admired by many of the trainers and owners at Yakima, where he spent a lot of time with his dad’s horses and a few of his own. He had many win pictures and blankets for his horse, Reckless Rebel.
Everything has to run its course so in due time, he left the track and moved back to Okanogan. It was then that we started the Two Eagles Pawn, where Buzzy managed that up into the time his health started to be a factor and we closed the shop.
Buzzy married the love of his life, Bonnie, and they had 20-plus years together, living up in Pleasant Valley in the home where his grandparents lived for many years. During his years at the pawn shop he acquired many, many friends and clients that came to see him and share time and laughs as Buzzy had a gift with people.
Buzzy is survived by his wife, Bonnie; mother, Leona; daughter, Jodene and family; sisters, Donnella and Becky; brothers, J and Bill Cook and Bart; step-mother, Jody Cook; aunt, Jackie and her husband, Guy; and many relatives and friends.
Buzzy was preceded in death by his father, John Cook; step-father, Mel; sister, Glenda; grandparents; uncles and aunts. He will truly be missed and remembered forever by many. Rest in peace Buzz, we will meet again someday.
A Celebration of Life for Rodney “Buzzy” Cook will be held at 11 a.m. at Precht-Harrison Nearents Chapel on Sunday, March 2. A potluck to follow the services will be held at the grange hall in Okanogan, Wash.
Precht-Harrison Nearents is entrusted with arrangements.