Garland Crook 


Hubert Garland Crook traveled to his eternal rest on Monday, May 25, 2020, while living at a long-term care facility in Mandan, ND.

Friends of Garland Crook are invited to visit with his family at 9 AM, Friday, July 10 at the Bismarck Funeral Home, and then join his family for his memorial service at 10 AM.  Inurnment will follow, at noon, at the North Dakota Veterans Cemetery, with full military honors.  If you are unable to attend the funeral, you may watch a live stream of the service on the Bismarck Funeral Home Facebook page. The funeral will also be recorded for future viewing on the funeral home website.

The family asks that guests practice social distancing and masks will be available for those who wish to wear them.

Garland was born at home in the Friendship neighborhood of Attalla County, Mississippi on August 12, 1924 to Jasper Earl and Lena Belle (Ellis) Crook, the first of nine children.  He attended primary school at Friendship School, learned shape-note singing at Friendship Church, and completed high school at nearby French Camp Academy.  At eighteen, he was called to serve in World War II in the US Army and was on the Normandy beaches on D-Day.  Later he served as the personal driver to General Lee, and during this time in France and Germany he met many dignitaries including General Patton and the Duke of Windsor and the Duke’s wife.  On VE Day, the general asked him to stay on in Europe, but he said, “I’m going home!” After military service which included the Korean and Vietnam wars, he retired from the Army as Sergeant First-Class in June 1970.

He married Marian Silbernagel, of Rhame, ND, in 1951 and they traveled the world with their children in the US Army life, including a few years they all lived in Okinawa.  After his military retirement, they farmed and ranched in the Deep Creek township of Slope County, ND.  He loved bluegrass music, football, and the outdoors, mostly gardening, camping, and his lifelong passion: fishing.  He was very proud of his membership in the ND Walleye Whopper Club.  He was a true handyman and held a wide variety of jobs in his long lifetime.

In 1986, he married Cheryl Hilden and they made their home in Mississippi, Dickinson, and more recently Bismarck, ND.   He was very committed to and had Life memberships in The American Legion, Veterans of Foreign Wars, Disabled American Veterans and Forty et Eight. Through the years for these organizations he served on numerous committees, and held offices on the local, state, and national levels.  He and Cheryl were members of Calvary Free Lutheran Church in Bismarck.

He is survived by his wife, Cheryl Crook, his children, Sarah (Craig) McLaughlin, Andy Crook, Lillian Crook (Jim Fuglie), Thomas (Betty) Crook, and Beckie (Jason) Walby, his step-son Brian (Marijo) Swenson, grandchildren and their spouses, Eric (Carrie) Crook, Christina (Chris) Lowe, Kathleen McLaughlin (Jesse) Richardson, Tommy (Whitney) Crookson, Lisa Casserly, Matthew (Jaimee) McLaughlin,  Michael McLaughlin, Chelsea and Rachel Sorenson, Duncan and Loren Crook, Jacob and Ryan Walby, Chance and Brody Porsborg, many great-grandchildren, one great-great-grandson, and his sisters Frances (Marshall) May, Ruth Puddephatt, Patsy Craft, and Judy Majovski, his brother, Ronnie Crook, and his sister-in-law Sybil Crook, as well as many nieces and nephews.  He was preceded in death by his parents Earl and Lena Belle, his grandson, Craig Charles McLaughlin II, and his sisters and their husbands, Opal and Paul Pender and Edna Earl and Ruel Nix, his brother, James Crook, his sister-in-law, Margaret Crook, and his brothers-in-law, Mark Majovski and DeWitt Craft.

Memorials may be made to French Camp Academy, 1 Fine Place, French Camp, MS 39745-9989.


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