Robert E. Cook

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Robert E. Cook, 87, of Thornton, passed away peacefully July 10. Loving husband of Lois Mae (deceased), father to Robyn (David) Papadimitrio, Carla Cook, Charles David Cook (deceased), brother of Edwin Cook and Patricia Willsey, grandfather of Melissa (deceased), Elizabeth, William and Joshua; great-grandfather of Justice, Garrett, Lucas, Josephine and Jackson; plus numerous nieces and nephews.
A genuine Colorado native, Bob was born in Colorado Springs within the Garden of the Gods. Never one for sitting still, he lived in Pueblo, Leadville, Buena Vista, Golden, Fort Lupton, and Thornton, just to name a few.
He graduated from Central High School in 1948 and enlisted in the U.S. Air Force (then the Army Air Corps) that same year, serving in the Philippines during the Korean War. Upon returning from service overseas, he married his sweetheart, Lois Hall. 
Embarking on many careers, he held positions at Colorado Fuel and Iron (CF&I), Fountain Sand & Gravel, Climax Molybdenum Co. and Leprino Foods. Bob took early retirement to stay home and care for Lois as she was in poor health in her later years.
A natural athlete, he excelled at tennis and baseball.  Unable to pursue playing sports during high school due to his father's ill health, he got the opportunity during his time in the service where his abilities were recognized.  He was recruited to play on the Air Force team alongside professional and minor league baseball players during the Korean War, entertaining troops with expedition baseball competitions.
He was always gregarious, fun-loving, enjoying good food and beverage, and craving the company of family and friends.  In Bob's own words, "I did at the time my best to be a good husband and father and friend to all."
Bob will find his final physical resting place at Fort Logan National Cemetery, joining Lois. Family and friends are asked to join together for a celebration of his life at 10:30 a.m., Saturday, July 22, at Tabor-Rice Funeral Home in Brighton, which handled the arrangements.
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Tabor Rice Funeral Home
75 S. 13th Ave
Brighton, CO 80601
(303) 654-0112
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Published in Commerce City Sentinel Express on July 25, 2017
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