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James Robert "Bob" Cook
James Robert WheatJames Robert (Bob) Cook
Heaven gained an angel Saturday October 26, 2013 at 12:25 PM when Bob went to join his Lord and Savior. He left this life at Marion General Hospital surrounded by his adoring family. He was 82.

Bob was born March 30, 1931 in Marion to the late James Edson and Martha Jane (Davis) Cook. He lived his entire life in Marion County. He graduated from Morral High School and on January 8, 1951 he married the love of his life, Madonna Thome, who survives. They shared 62 years together.

Bob was a life long farmer. In younger years he worked for both Pollock and Commercial Steel Companies, and he was a founding partner in Green Acres Heating and Air (Now Wenig’s Inc.) But farming was his passions and it became his full time profession.

He had a outrageous sense of humor. He loved hearing and telling a good story or joke, and he excelled at it. He loved to make people laugh. Pranks were frequent-there was seldom a dull moment.

He was a man of honor and integrity, he believed in doing that which is right. To know him was to love him and he was well known. He was gentle and generous and donated to many charities. He had a huge capacity for love, evidenced by his love for and from his family and numerous friends including his four legged ones. He enjoyed meeting with the local farmers each morning and afternoon at Coonies Coffee Shop for coffee and conversation. He also looked forward to breakfast at the Plaza Inn each Sunday with his friend William Gracely. He was a lover of antiques. From picking to repair and restoration, he has a great appreciation of old things. Each of his children were gifted with pieces of furniture he had restored for them. He was always up for a game of euchere and was crazy about airplanes.

Of course the biggest love of his life was his family. Along with Madonna he leaves sons James Robert (Kathy) Cook Jr. of Parkland, Florida, John K. Cook of Marion and his daughter Erica (Ryan) Criswell, Ronald J.  (Teresa) Cook of Marion and their children, Aaron and Aubrey(Andre Garceau)  and daughter Valerie “Kim” of Marion. Five Great Grandchildren; Andre, Gretchen, Aadelyn Jaxon and Julianne, Two granddaughters Courtney and Nicole and Two great grandchildren; Dominic and Gabrielle and many Nieces and nephews. His loss leaves a hole in all our hearts. He was the ultimate father and grandfather. He was preceded in death by his parents, brother Clarence King and sister Lena Mae Steen.

He was a former member of the LaRue Lions club and former Asst. Scout Master with the LaRue Boy Scout Troop. He attended the LaRue United Methodist Church and the Tuesday night Bible study. He also went to mass at St Mary’s  with Madonna on Saturday nights. The world is diminished by your leaving but our love and memories sustain us. You will be greatly missed.
Funeral Services will be held Wednesday October 30, 2013 at 2:30 PM at the LaRue United Methodist Church. Minister will be The Rev. Edward W. Fugate. Friends may call at the Stofcheck-Ballinger Funeral Home in LaRue on Tuesday from 4 to 7 PM.

Those who wish may make contributions to either, St. Vincent DePaul of Marion, LaRue United Methodist Church or Central Ohio Diabetes Assc.
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#1 from: Tanyce and Frank
Sun, Oct 27, 2013 at 5:16 PM

Thinking of all of you. The words in the obituary described and honored him perfectly.  He had a gift to make you smile.

#2 from: Jandee &Barry Wible
Sun, Oct 27, 2013 at 9:10 PM

Dear Aunt Madonna and family, we are thinking of all of you and sending prayers your way. We could always count of Uncle Bob for a good story to make us laugh. I could use one of those jokes right now. God bless all of you.

#3 from: Katie Cooper
Mon, Oct 28, 2013 at 8:15 AM



#4 from: Kelly and Lori Granger
Liberty Twp. , Ohio
Mon, Oct 28, 2013 at 4:28 PM

We are so sad to hear of Uncle Bob's passing. He was someone who always brought a smile to my face - both as an child and as an adult. I will always remember his great sense of humor and visits to the farm.
Our prayers are with all of you.
Kelly and Lori

#5 from: Greg Wilds
Mon, Oct 28, 2013 at 5:12 PM

My deepest sympathies to all of you. I'm so glad to have had the pleasure of talking with your Father/ Grandfather. He did a great job with raising a wonderful Family. If you would like to talk please feel free anytime. Love and sorrow to you all.

#6 from: Mary  Y. Lee
Marion, OH
Mon, Oct 28, 2013 at 8:59 PM

Madonna: You and your family have been in my prayers during Bob's illness. You have my sympathy and hope that you take care and know that he is at peace.

#7 from: lenny thome
phx az
Tue, Oct 29, 2013 at 12:26 AM

thoughts and prays for all i still remember the thankgiving diner out on farm when we were all there  was good time love u all lenny

#8 from: Arlene Blue Cooper Erhart
Grand Rapids Mi
Tue, Oct 29, 2013 at 7:02 AM

I am so sorry to hear of Cooky's passing.  Our whole family loved him.  I will keep your family in my prayers.  I know the hole the loss of a loved one leaves.  Find peace in the fact that he is at peace.

#9 from: Betty(Uhl) Bishop
Tue, Oct 29, 2013 at 7:25 AM

Madonna,I am sorry to hear of Bob's passing although it has been many years since I have either of you I still remember you. My prayers are with all of you.

#10 from: Dwight & Becky Murphy
Edison, Ohio
Tue, Oct 29, 2013 at 7:53 AM

To john and family,
I met Bob when I worked at Schwaderer Farm Supply.
He was always upbeat and any room he walked in to lit up. We wish to extend our sympathies to Bob's family and will keep you in our prayers.

Dwight & Becky Murphy

#11 from: Jim and Sandee Spagnola
Tue, Oct 29, 2013 at 8:05 AM

We were most fortunate to have met and known him. All of you are in our thoughts and prayers at this difficult time. God Bless.

#12 from: Nicky Smith
Marion Area Physicians
Tue, Oct 29, 2013 at 8:50 AM

It was a pleasure knowing Bob. He was a very pleasant gentleman who always showed a smile on his face. My prayers have been and are continuing to be with your family.

#13 from: Virginia Schiller
MARION, ohio 43302
Tue, Oct 29, 2013 at 10:31 AM


So sorry to hear of your loss.  He was a very kind and  loving person.  May God give you the peace and comfort you need.

#14 from: Stephanie (Harper) Hutchings
Marion, Ohio
Tue, Oct 29, 2013 at 11:22 AM

To the Cook family,
My deepest sympathies for your loss.   I know Cookie had suffered over the last several months and I hope now he is at peace and looking down on us with my Dad "Claire' and telling jokes :).      RIP Cookie.

#15 from: Madalane Kirkman
Marion General Hospital Home Health
Tue, Oct 29, 2013 at 12:51 PM

Your family has my deepest sympathies.  I really enjoyed our visits when I went.  He had a wonderful sence of humor that I appreciated.

#16 from: Sharon  and Grey Shockey
Big Island
Tue, Oct 29, 2013 at 3:50 PM

Ron,Teresa Aaron, and Aubrey,So sorry to hear of your Dad and Grandfather passing.You are in our thoughts and prayers.I'm sure he's in a much better place,at the same time it's hard to let him go.His obituary told just how special he was . May God Bless the Family.

#17 from: Joan Wagner and waitstaff
Plaza Inn Casual Family Restaurant
Wed, Oct 30, 2013 at 5:28 PM

Bob has been missed on Sunday mornings.  We pray that God will wrap his loving arms around the family.  Our sympathy goes out to you.
The Plaza Inn Gang, Lisa, Carol, Karen, Donna, Joan, Ed, and Carmen

#18 from: Jan  Haynes
Fri, Nov 1, 2013 at 6:25 PM

Dear Madonna, John, Ron, Teresa, and families , Thinking of you in prayer at this time. Many of your friends and co-workers from the hospital and clinic years send their deepest condolences.
                                                          Sincerely, Jan Haynes

#19 from: David & Sue Thompson
Marion, Ohio
Thu, Nov 7, 2013 at 3:09 AM

Madonna, we are so sorry. Bob will be missed. He was a great guy and fun to be around. If there is anything we can do, please let us know. Our love and prayers are with you.  Dave & Sue

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