April 9, 1932 ~ June 28, 2021

Born in: Idabel, Oklahoma
Resided in: Bryan, Texas

Bobby Gene Cooke, 89 of College Station and Fort Worth, TX passed away on June 28, 2021 after a short illness with his loving family by his side. Bobby was a wonderful husband, father and grandfather, who lived a full life. His family’s care and comfort were of utmost importance to him, and he took great pride and joy in his family.

Bobby was born in Idabel, Oklahoma on April 9, 1932. He enrolled in the Air Force directly out of high school, and spent 23 years in service to his country. The Air Force enabled him to travel to the Far East, where he visited every Asian country during the Korean and Vietnam wars. While in Japan, he visited a tailor store and met Nachiko Masaki, his loving wife of 64 years. They married in Japan in a traditional Japanese ceremony, followed by an Air Force ceremony one year later. Their Air Force life started in Ashiya Japan, then took them to California, Okinawa, Mississippi, Tachikawa, and finally Texas.

After Bobby retired from the Air Force, he continued his career in Metrology working for General Dynamics. He was able to retire after ten years, and started his retirement life as an avid golfer. Bobby took great joy in playing golf five or six days a week, and enjoyed his retirement life to the fullest. He was able to cross two items off his ‘bucket list’ by hitting a Hole in One at Squaw Creek Golf Club, and also watching the Masters at Augusta National with his son Guy and son in law David.
In his younger days, Bobby struggled with alcoholism and decided to get sober in 1972. Like everything in his life, Bobby dedicated himself fully to his recovery and never took another drink. AA was a big part of his life, and he attended meetings two times per week for the remainder of his life. He often said that AA saved his life, and he gave back by supporting the program fully and served as a sponsor to many men.
His family will always remember his kindness and his positive attitude. He was cheerful and grateful to the end of his life.

Bobby was preceded in death by his parents Mamie and Brad Cooke of Idabel, Oklahoma. He was the last sibling, preceded in death by his brothers and sisters Ethel, Emmett, Earl, Ruth, and Laverne. He is survived by his wife Nachiko Cooke, his son Guy Cooke and wife Tammy; his daughter Elizabeth Umberson and husband David, grandchildren Amy Cooke Fleener (Ben), Courtney Cooke Brown (Jake), Katie Umberson Owens (Zach), Mitchell Umberson, and John David Umberson. He was really proud of his family and loved to visit with his great grandchildren William and Teddy Fleener, Matthew and Andrew Brown, and Beckham Owens. The Saturday lunches and frequent family get togethers at Guy and Tammy’s house in Millican have provided cherished memories of family time.

The family plans to hold a private memorial service. In lieu of flowers, donations honoring Bobby’s life may be made to the Veterans Administration.

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  1. What a wonderful life he lived and such a great example to those around him. So very sorry for your loss but what great memories you will have when you think of him. So sorry I was never able to play a round of golf with him. Our prayers go out to the entire family.

  2. My Uncle Jackie as he was called by our family was my mother’s youngest brother
    Even though we lived miles apart, we celebrated many Thanksgiving dinners together 1st at mom’s then at .my house. I loved him and his family very much.

  3. What a wonderful example of giving back to AA. His legacy through his service to the men and women of AA will live in for generations to come. Thank you for being a living example one day at a time for 49 years. ♥️

    Beth Weikel

  4. After reading your father’s obituary and learning about who he was, I see numerous traits of him reflected in you, Guy. My sincerest of condolences to you and your entire family, with prayers for all of you during this difficult time.

  5. What a full life he had. He leaves behind a wonderful legacy in his children, grandchildren, and great grandchildren. I am sure that he is very proud of each of you.

  6. Guy, I’m sorry for your loss; but what a beautiful obituary. Your father lived a full and wonderful life. My condolences to you and your family. Prayers for all of you.

  7. I’m so sorry to hear about Mr. Cooke’s death. I hope the good memories you and the family have of him will bring comfort, laughter, and healing during this time of grief.

  8. So sorry for you and your families lost . Sounds like he was a great family man and great patriot !
    God Bless and condolences from the Murphy family !

  9. Respects & Condolences to The Cooke Family. Bob will always be a Great Part of My Spiritual Journey. We were connected spiritually for almost 40 years.. He always guided me To Our Great Creator.. He enjoyed his family & his friends ( and his golf ) and all his activities to the Utmost. As I heard him same many times. He thoroughly enjoyed his days. RIP Bob C. till we see each other again..

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