Memorial services for Mr. Joe Dale Rook will be held Saturday, March 1, 2014, at 11 a.m. at Stewart Family Funeral Home Chapel with Elder Roy Woods officiating. A private interment will follow at a later date under the direction of Stewart Family Funeral Home.
Joe Dale Rook, age 87, resident of Tyler, formerly of Bartlesville, Okla., passed away Thursday, Feb. 27, 2014, at Mother Frances Hospital in Tyler.
He was born July 10, 1926, in Miami, Okla., to Clarence and Hazel Rook.
Mr. Rook was a World War II
veteran. After receiving training in Tyler at Camp Fannin in 1944, he served in the Red Diamond Fifth Division of the U.S. Army
in Europe during the Battle of the Bulge. Joe was awarded the Bronze Star
among his other commendations. He was an elder in the Reorganized Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, and was a devoted follower of Jesus Christ. He attended the NEO A&M. Joe was a banker and a successful businessman with Prudential in Miami, Stillwater, Bartlesville, Okla., and Hobbs, N.M., before retiring in 1982. He was an avid fisherman, golfer, and in his younger days, Joe loved softball and was a golden gloves boxer.
He was preceded in death by his parents; and his wife of 65 years, Betty Rook.
Mr. Rook is survived by his daughter, Janet Vann and her husband Dudley, of Tyler; grandchildren, Keri Rowland and her husband David, of Hobbs, N.M., Sheri Yielding, of Carrollton, and Derrick Vann and his wife Michelle, of Tyler; along with five great-granddaughters; and one great-grandson.
If desired, memorials may be made to the church or