URBANA:  John “B.J.” Cook, age 48, passed away Monday, September 3, 2018 at St. Luke’s Hospital in Cedar Rapids, following a short illness.

Visitation will be held from 2:00 until 5:00 pm, Saturday, September 15, 2018 at the Phillips Funeral Home Chapel (212 E. 6th Street) in Vinton. A memorial service will be held at 2:00 pm, Sunday, September 16, 2018 also at the funeral home.  A celebration of B.J.’s life will be held at the Urbana Fire Station following the memorial service.

B.J. was born on August 6, 1970 in Cedar Rapids, the son of Jerry and Marcia (Boyles) Cook.  He graduated from Urbana High School with the class of 1989.  He graduated from Kirkwood community college with a degree in wastewater treatment.  B.J. had worked for Farmstead Foods, Hunter Specialties, Whirlpool-Amana, the maintenance department of the City of Urbana and ADM.  He was currently employed at Quaker Oats.  He was a member of the Urbana Ambulance Service as an EMT-A for 20 years and was a volunteer fireman with the Urbana Volunteer Fire Department for 30 years.  B.J. enjoyed grilling, water-ball competitions and was an avid deer hunter.

In addition to his parents, Jerry and Marcia, he is survived by his brothers, Mark Cook of Glenwood, IA, Matthew (Jenny) Cook, and James (Stephanie) Cook all of Cedar Rapids; and his niece and nephews, Lindsey (Dane) Peterson, Zac Hornung and Zach Cook.

He was preceded in death by his paternal grandparents, Ralph and Eva Cook and his maternal grandparents, Howard and Geraldine Boyles.

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be left for the Urbana Firefighters Association.

Online condolences may be left at www.phillipsfuneralhomes.com