Floyd Gary Cook
Floyd Gary Cook, 82, Kaw City, Okla., died on Oct. 31, 2018, at his home.
He was born on May 7, 1936, in Scott City, Ks., to Floyd L. and Bessie E. (Logan) Cook. He was raised in the Scott City area, graduating from the Scott Community High School in 1954.
After high school, Floyd attended Southern Colorado State College where he received an associate of applied science degree and his first class F.C.C. radiophone license with radar endorsement. He majored in communications electronics and became an active licensed amateur radio operator, which he relished in until his passing.
Following his education, Floyd joined the U.S. Army in 1957 and, during his enlistment, was responsible for the maintenance of the Nike Ajax and Hercules missiles at White Sands Proving Grounds in New Mexico.
Following his honorable discharge in 1960, Floyd worked for Hathaway Instrument Company as a calibration technician for the electronic equipment used in the Titan missile.
Shortly thereafter, the University of Denver employed Floyd as a field engineer where he supervised the installation, operation, and maintenance of complex research equipment at locations all over the world.
After his time with University of Denver, Floyd was introduced to medical laboratory instruments with the Technicon Corporation and serviced instruments in the western U.S. Honeywell Medical Systems became his employer as Floyd oversaw the national service center for medical instruments, assisted those in the field and provided training.
In the late 1970s, Floyd established and operated the Biomedical Engineering Department at St. Catherine Hospital, Garden City. His skills were valuable in working quickly to fix the equipment in the hospital without documentation or assistance from vendors.
After 20 years at the hospital, Floyd went to work at Purdue University International Programs. He participated in the Poly Tech Development Program in Malaysia. The project aimed to increase technical skills of technical instructors at the Poly Tech Institute.
Floyd’s role was to oversee the establishment of a medical electronics laboratory suitable for studies and experiments on the subject of biomedical engineering, which included drafting lesson plans, and lecturing as well as conducting lab studies and experiments for the students.
He retired in 1997, having helped innumerable people through his career and many are still benefiting from his expertise to this day.
After moving to Kaw City in 2001, Floyd became involved in several local organizations and groups. He has been a valued asset to the community, including his work for the Kay County Republican party.
Alongside his biomedical engineering experience, Floyd loved computers and was a wizard at fixing bugs and building computers. As evidenced by his impressive professional accomplishments, Floyd was a brilliant man, with a big heart for helping others, especially his beloved family.
Survivors include his daughters: Beth Bryant and husband, Stephen, Coldwater, Ks., and Salinda Ortiz, Blackwell, Okla.; grandchildren Jared Burns, Ponca City, Nicholas Burns of Boynton Beach, Fla., Scott Ortiz, Little Sioux, Ia., Christopher Ortiz of Ponca City, Juan Ortiz and wife, Kim, of Lakin, Ks., Elizabeth Mayo and husband, Brad, Little Sioux, Ia., Stephanie Hazard and husband, David, of Tonkawa, Okla., Sandrann Ortiz, Blackwell, Okla., Paul Hanger, Ponca City, and Ryan Hanger, Enid; and 15 great-grandchildren.
He was preceded in death by his parents; brother, Robert Cook,; sister, Dorothy Newman; and his daughter, Amy Boyd. A memorial ceremony will be held Fri., Nov. 9, in the chapel at Trout Funeral Home and Crematory in Ponca City with Tom Howard officiating. He will be buried with is parents in the Scott County Cemetery.
Memorial donations may be made to the Kay County Republican Party, www.kaycountygop.com.