Robert Nie Cook, 94, Huntington, died at 5:50 p.m. Friday, March 28, at Parkview Regional Medical Center in Fort Wayne. Robert was born Sept. 18, 1919 in Huntington, the son of James Elbert and Nellie Agnes (Voght) Cook.
Robert graduated from Huntington High School in 1937. He married Marjorie Louise Michel on Aug. 17, 1941 in Huntington. She preceded him in death on Oct. 10, 2013. He served in the United States Army Air Corps as a Staff Sergeant during WWII. He participated in the Rome-Arno Invasion of Italy and received the European-African-Middle-Eastern Theater Ribbon with one Bronze Battle Star. While serving with the 528th Air Service Group, he also received the WWII American Theater Ribbon, The WWII Victory Medal, and the Army Good Conduct Medal. When he returned from the war, he worked for Caswell Runyon Cabinet Company in Huntington. He retired from the United States Postal Service in 1982 after 33 years as a mail carrier. He was a member of St. Peter’s First Community Church in Huntington, where he was a member of the Loyal Partners Class. He was a 50-year member of VFW Post #2689 of Huntington and a member of Huntington Lions Club. He was a member of the National Association of Letter Carriers for over 50 years. He was a 50-year member of Amity Masonic Lodge #483 and O.E.S. Floral Chapter #75. He was a 50-year member of the York Rite and the Scottish Rite Valley of Fort Wayne and was also a leader for Boy Scout Troop 125 in Huntington for over 20 years.
Robert is survived by one son, Roger Allan (Debbie) Cook, Wabash; one daughter, Patricia Sablic, Fort Wayne; seven grandchildren, Cari (Chris) Carmichael, Cameron (Melissa) Cook, Courtney Cook, Caley (Jason) Eads, Ann (Frank) Williams, Amy (Steve) Carney, and Andy (Holli) Christ; and fifteen great grandchildren. His parents, his wife, two brothers, James E. Cook and Willard C. Cook, and one sister, Lilah Karst, precede him in death.
Funeral services were held April 4, at Bailey-Love Mortuary with Pastor Richard Strick officiating. Burial followed in Gardens of Memory in Huntington County with military rites performed by VFW Post #2689 of Huntington.
Preferred memorials are to St. Peter’s First Community Church Building Fund, in Huntington, in care of Bailey-Love Mortuary, 35 West Park Drive, Huntington, IN.