Kiel David Cook passed away unexpectedly in Martin, South Dakota on September 12th, 2020 at the age of 35.
Kiel was born on July 18th, 1985 in Gordon, Nebraska to Kenny & Nancy Cook. He attended Central Elementary School until 5th grade when his family moved to Tuthill, SD where he was the final 8th grade graduate of Tuthill Elementary School. In high school, he was an active member of Key Club, National Honor Society, and Rodeo Club where he and Sam Risse placed 4th in Team Roping at the State Finals. He graduated Salutatorian from Bennett County High School in 2003 & Chadron State College in 2007. After college, Kiel worked at First National Bank in Chadron, NE for a brief time before returning to Martin, SD to pursue his love of ranching. He worked alongside Adrienne Hicks for Roger & Debbie Sieck. After many years of living the life he loved, he concluded his ranching career with Cook Cattle Company.
Kiel was known for his contagious smile and his world-renowned hugs. He enjoyed spending his time being an extraordinary friend, known as “Milhous” to many; a dancer with anyone who could keep up, a passionate fun-loving “Uncle Cheese” to his nieces and nephews, and a treasured son and brother who will be greatly missed by all.
Kiel is survived by his parents Kenny and Nancy Cook of Martin, SD; siblings, Kasey Jo & Andy Dawson, Shyanne, Sydnee & Syerra, of Valentine, NE; Korey & Chante’ Cook, Kayne & Kage of Martin, SD; Kelly & Jeannine Cook, of New Underwood, SD; Adrienne & Merle Hicks, Rylee of Martin, SD; grandmothers, Betty Marie Cook & Jean Weinmaster both of Martin, SD; numerous aunts, uncles, cousins, friends, & his second family The Risses. He is preceded in death by grandfathers, Joseph Hickman Cook & Dave Weinmaster; great-grandparents, Frank & Hazel Buckles.
A funeral is scheduled for 10:00 a.m. Thursday, September 17th, 2020 at The Old Legion Auditorium. Burial services to follow at the Martin Community Cemetery with a luncheon at The New Legion. Pastor Bill Hines will officiate the ceremony. All are welcome to attend and celebrate Kiel’s life. A memorial has been established at Security First Bank Martin, SD. The family would like to thank the Bennett County Ambulance and Fire Department, Hospital, Emergency Staff, and First Responders.