Dennis Gordon Cook


July 1, 1970

2 Easton Area Men Die In Bucks Crash

Two Easton area men were killed early today when their car crashed into a tree on Route
32, about a mile north of Upper Black Eddy.

Dead were:
Dennis G. Cook, 23, of Brown's Terrace, Easton R.D. 4.
Barry L. Kels, 22, Phillipsburg R. D. 2.

Both were pronounced dead at the scene by Bucks County Coroner Samuel B. Willard. The accident happened at 2:15 a. m. in Bridgeton Township.

The two men reportedly were returning from work at the Milford plant of the Riegel Paper Corp.

State police at Doylestown said the car was traveling north, apparently at a high rate of speed.

Troopers said Cook apparently lost control of the car and the vehicle struck a tree along the north side of the straight section of road.

Members of the Milford, N.J. Rescue Squad and Fire Department worked more than an hour to recover the bodies from the wreckage.

The bodies were removed to the Snyder Funeral Home in Riegelsville.

Mr. Cook was born in Riegelsville, a son of Norman and Loretta Rieck Cook, with whom he resided.

He was employed by the Riegel Paper Corp.

He served with the Army in Vietnam and was discharged a year ago.

Among his survivors are a sister and his maternal grandfather, Henry Rick, Riegelsville.

Funeral arrangements are incomplete.

Born In Easton

Born in Easton, Kels was a son of James and Betty Mason Kels, 705 Ludlow St., Palmer Township.

Mr. Kels was employed as a backtender at the Milford mill of the Riegel Paper Corp.

He was a member of Good Shepherd Lutheran Church, Wilson, and the Palmer Township Fire Co.

He was a graduate of Easton Area High School, class of 1965.

Survivors include his widow, the former Sharon Schneebell; a son, Kyle C., and a daughter Kristee Lynn, both at home; a brother James II, Easton, and four sisters, Bonnie, Deborah and Betsy Kels, all of Palmer Township, and Mrs. Leo Jessamine, Delaware Park; his paternal grandmother, Mrs. Alyce Hnat, Springtown, N.J., and his maternal grandfather, Charles Mason, Philadelphia.

The funeral will be held at 11 a.m. Friday at the Bender Funeral Home, Easton. Interment will be in Northampton Memorial Shrine. Arrangements were made by the Robert W. Snyder Funeral Home, Riegelsville.

Source: The Easton Express, July 1, 1970, p1