In Memory of Robert David “Bob” Cooke July 31, 1940 – January 20, 2023 Major Robert David Cooke, USAF (Retired), age 82, of Crestview, Florida died on Friday, January 20, 2023 after a brief illness. Originally from Cleveland, Ohio, Maj. Cooke resided in many places around the world for 33 years before settling in Crestview. Before leaving Cleveland, he graduated from St. Joseph High School and Case Institute of Technology. He also earned a Masters in Business Administration from Auburn University at Montgomery. Maj. Cooke was a 20-year veteran of the U.S. Air Force and was retired from Lockheed Martin Corp. of Colorado Springs. He was most recently employed by the Crestview office of H&R Block. Maj. Cooke witnessed history unfolding in places around the world, including the fall of the Shah of Iran. His achievements in aerospace technology included helping to develop the radar system used to track orbiting satellites and ballistic missiles. He had a prodigious appetite for reading that the combined might of the publishing industry was hard-pressed to satisfy. He learned, and he taught; he created, and he protected; he served proudly, and lived stubbornly. Maj. Cooke is survived by his sons James J. Cooke of Sandy, UT; Kenneth R. & Sharon Cooke of Lee’s Summit, MO; Michael A. & Janet Cooke of Bettendorf, IA and their children David and Timothy; and his daughter Theresa A. Magrane (nee Cooke) of Nelson, New Zealand and her children Alexandra and Lachlan. He was the son of Walter and Margaret Cooke of Cleveland, OH, and brother to Eugene (Moe) and Charles (Al) Cooke, who all preceded him in death.
At Bob’s request there will be no public service.