Robert E. Cook

Robert E. Cook

Robert passed away suddenly Wednesday, May 6, 2015 at his home in Kalamazoo.

Bob was born January 20, 1953 in Kalamazoo, the son of Clarence “Cookie” and Roberta “Bobby” (Roebuck) Cook. For many years he was a hog farmer, then became a truck driver and a member of the Teamsters Local 406 in Grand Rapids. He played guitar in many area country music bands and was a semi-pro bass fisherman. In his spare time Bob enjoyed fishing, coon hunting, gardening, bowling, morel mushroom hunting and spending time with his grandchildren.

Surviving are his daughters, Stacey (Rick) Glenn of Oklahoma and Monica (Mark) Henry of Kalamazoo; his grandchildren, Ashley Staggs, Victoria Henry, Makayla Henry and Brodey Glenn; his brother, Richard (Joni) Cook; his ex-wife, Dawn Cook; his mother-in-law, June Stull; parents, Bobbie and Cookie; many nieces, nephews, cousins and special friends.

He was preceded in death by his siblings, Patty Sue Cook and Roger Cook and by his father-in-law, Ron Stull.

Friends may meet with Bob’s family Friday, May 8, 2015 from 5 PM-8 PM at the Winkel Funeral Home, Otsego where a Funeral Service will be held Saturday, May 9, 2015 at noon with Celebrant Molly Wieber officiating.

The family encourages everyone to wear their favorite flannel, fishing or hunting apparel for the visitation.

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  1. Kandy Steinke says:

    Dawn and Family:

    I am so sorry for your loss, my prayers are with you.

  2. Jed and Becky Burlingham says:

    We want the whole Cook family to know that we send our condolences at the loss of Bob. He was way to young to have this happen.

  3. Diane Boysen says:

    I’m very sorry to hear of Bob’s untimely passing. We attended Otsego schools together. I remember him playing guitar in one of our classes a few times. I am sending up prayers for his family. Gone too soon.
    Please accept my sincere sympathies…

  4. Kathleen Snyder Fisher says:

    So sorry to hear about Bob. We graduated together, and the thing I remember most about him is his humor. He was just so funny. I know he will be missed. Prayers to all the family.

  5. Cheryle (Bower) Demmon says:

    Bob and I went through high school together. He also rode “our” bus. I remember Bob as a really sweet guy. Friendly, fair and always smiling. Am so sorry for his family and am sure he will be missed a lot.

  6. Carla(Pond) Counterman says:

    RIP Bob you will be missed by many…prayers to the family.

  7. Kelly Sutherlin says:

    Bob was a good man, he played music with my husband at our wedding,it was great and such a good time. you are in our thoughts and prayers my GOD bless you and your family at this time of sorrow. you will be greatly missed by all.RIP!

  8. Marlene Stevens Davis says:

    So sorry to hear of your loss..I remember hanging out with him when we were kids..Prayers to all of you..

  9. Diane Glessner says:

    Dear Dawn, Monica, Stacey, June and family,

    We are very sad to hear about Bob’s passing. He had such a good heart and was a very hard worker in so many ways. We know you will miss him. We pray that God has received his spirit into His Holy Kingdom and Bob is at peace. Our love, prayers, hugs and sympathy are with all of you. John & Diane Glessner

  10. Tom and Janet Martin and family says:

    So sorry to hear of Bob’s passing. Had a lot of fun with him at the bowling alley years ago. As well as seeing him at his parents who we lived next door to many years. RIP Bob you and that smile will be missed.

  11. Tina Hightower says:

    You will be greatly missed by so many. I will miss your smile and great sense of humor. I called you “Dad” because you were a great father figure in my life. I will be praying for your family for nany reasons. Love you and will miss you.

  12. Michael Tallmadge says:

    Bob was a very nice person. I remember him only from high school since I joined the Navy soon after graduating and recently came back to live in the area but I remember him well. my sympathies to the entire family and I will always remember him. be strong in your loss and God bless you

  13. Tracey (smith) Bryant says:

    Your family is in my thoughts and prayers. Will always remember his smile and laugh. I have great memories of eating his homemade beef jerky early in the morning ice fishing with him.

  14. August Lee Hardesty, Jr. (aka Lee or Buck) says:

    Being an old scouts and high school friend of Bob, I hope the family knows I’m sending my condolences. Living in Colorado now for 33 yrs I’ve been told by my family of Bob’s passing.

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  16. Keeley Stevens says:

    It’s always sad to hear of someone from the old neighborhood passing. I have passed this on to Ron Gauthier, who I’m sure will be contacting the family soon. I just found this out today, Sunday.

    I remember coming over when we were kids and playing a lot of basketball in the Cook’s driveway.

    I have very fond memories of Bob and I am so sorry for your loss.

  17. Stacey Glenn says:

    Thank you all very much! Each of your prayers are helping to bring about peace, and each memory you share makes us smile because he was such a kind and loving person…and a little ornery at times, too! In my heart, I know he is at peace…in Heaven, celebrating with friends and family that have gone before him. Much love to all, and thank you afain!

  18. Monica Cook Henry says:

    My Daddy was my best friend he means the world to me we were inseparable and he taught me everything I know! I loved his warm smile but most of all I loved when he wrapped his big warm arms around my back because I knew for a moment in that hug I was safe and secure! I sure appreciate any stories you may have of my daddy as I am having a very difficult time dealing with him not being by my side! Thank you to everyone! Love Monica

  19. Marilyn (Root) Abernathy says:

    was quite surprised when I opened the shoppers guide and then sadden to see Bob Cook had passed. Although it has been years since I saw him last I remember how nice it was to see him and share some laughs. He was such a character and am so sorry to hear of his passing. I will be keeping you all in my thoughts and prayers.

  20. Sharon (Rauch) Smith says:

    Uncle Cookie and Aunt Bobbie,

    So sorry to hear of Bob’s passing. We were out of town and just got back when we heard.
    Thoughts and prayers from the Rauch family. We are thinking of you all.
    Love you much,


  21. Ron and Ruth Young says:

    We are deeply sadden by the passing of Bob, he will always be remembered in our hearts for his kindness. May God give you peace in this time of sorrow.

  22. Stacia (Pettit) Dortch says:

    We were shaken by this news, as I’m sure many were. Uncle Bob and Aunt Dawn were a big part of my youth and adolescents always welcoming us with an open door and open hearts. I can still hear him singing “I fall to pieces”, which I teased him telling him it sounded like he was saying ‘pizza’ because he cut off that last ‘s’! He helped me learn to dive and overcome my fears of not being able to come up for air in Grandma June’s pool. He taught me how to prune and protect my roses for better blooms next year. And any late summer visit always ended with fresh produce from the garden!
    We’re so sorry we didn’t know in time to say our final farewells! You are all in our prayers!
    Much love,
    Stacia (Pettit) Dortch

  23. Ralph Gates says:

    Bob was a great man I got to know Bob when we both worked at Hoekstra Meat Co. Bob and I both got together and made lots of beef jerky, Bob was a very kind man who would always make people laugh. Another great loss to this earth! love and you Bob

  24. Bruce Sinclair says:

    My condolences to Bobs family. I am going to miss him very much. Truly I am sorry for the loss of a great man!

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