Bobby "Bob" Gene Cook, 88, of Russell, Kansas, died at his home on Sunday, October 23, 2016, in Russell, Kansas.

Bobby was born on December 05, 1927, in Monett, Missouri, the son of Samuel Roe and Stella Belle (Weaver) Cook.  He attended grade school in Monett, Missouri and graduated high school in Wichita, Kansas.  After high school, Bob joined the United States Navy during World War II.  Bob moved to Russell, Kansas, in 1946.  He met, fell in love and was united in marriage to Norma Jean Tomlin on November 21, 1951, in Russell, Kansas at the old United Methodist Church.  From this union Bob and Norma Jean were blessed with a son Tom.  Bob was self employed, as a bulk agent for Fina Oil.  He was a longtime member of Otterbein United Methodist Church in Russell.  He was also a member of the Shrine, Masonic Lodge, Elk and Russell V.F.W. Post #6240.  He enjoyed fishing and hunting and spending time with his family and close friends.

Surviving family include his son Tom of the home, sister in-law Kay Lowenstein of Manhattan, Kansas; and two nephews.  He was preceded in death by his parents, wife Norma Jean on September 17, 2016, 4 brothers and 2 sisters.

A celebration of Bob's life will be at 10:30 A.M. on Friday, October 28, 2016, at the Otterbein United Methodist Church in Russell, Kansas, with Pastor Michael Eurit officiating.  Burial will follow at the Russell City Cemetery in Russell, Kansas, with military honors being performed by the Russell V.F.W. Post #6240.  Visitation will be from 9 A.M. to 8 P.M. on Thursday, October 27, 2016, at the mortuary with family to greet guests from 6 P.M. to 7 P.M. Thursday evening.  Memorials may be given to the Rough Riders or Otterbein United Methodist Church and sent in care of the mortuary.  Pohlman-Varner-Peeler Mortuary of Russell, Kansas, is in charge of the funeral service arrangements.


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