Robert Millard Cook
Mr. Robert “Bob” Millard Cook passed away Monday September 12, 2011 at Mountain View Hospital in North Las Vegas, Nevada.
He enjoyed time with his family and friends, playing tennis and working in the landscape lighting industry.
He is survived by his son and daughter and their spouses, Robert & Nora Castro of Las Vegas, NV and Callie & Richard Ferrari of Fairfield, CT. He is also survived by his brother, sister-in-law, niece, nephew, Mr. Thomas & Carol Cook of Arlington, TX, and Mrs. Caren Lee & Mr. Darrin Cook. His former wife and friend, Ms. Sherri Cook of Birmingham, AL also survives him.
He was born in Dallas, Texas to Thomas and Evelyn Garrett Cook on November 2, 1946. He enlisted in the U.S. Army in August 1969 and served in Vietnam and Indochina. He was honorably discharged from the Army at the rank of Sergeant. His personal decorations include: National Defense Service Medal, Vietnam Service Medal, Vietnam Campaign Medal, Air Medal, Bronze Star Medal with “V” device, Army Commendation Medal with “I” device, Combat Infantry Badge, 1 O/S bar and the good conduct medal. and he served in the 1st Calvary Division, H Co., 75th INF.
He was a beloved father, friend, veteran, and his wonderful sense of humor and compassion will be missed.
A memorial service for family and friends will be held at La Paloma Funeral Services in Las Vegas on Wednesday September 14, 2011 at 10:00 A.M. At his request, he will be cremated, and his remains will be placed at Dallas Fort Worth National Cemetery in Texas.
In lieu of flowers, the family asks that donations be made to the USO. https://www.uso.org/donate/
The interment service with military honors will be held at the Dallas-Fort Worth National Cemetery on Friday, Oct. 21 at 11:15 a.m. Additional information can be found at: http://www.cem.va.gov/
Bob was my first boy friend. It was a fun time in the mid-sixties and he took me to all the concerts including the Rolling Stones. He loved rock and roll and enjoyed playing his guitar and bongos. He was perfect for the sixties. We went to San Francisco in 1968 and he loved having family and friends visit so he could take them to see the Haight.
It was my Dad that taught him to play tennis and my mom always loved him.
Bob will always be young in my mind. We were just kids together.
Bob was always smiling and his sense of humor will be greatly missed.
I wish I would have known more about Bob. Althought my son, Bryan, now 22 yrs. old, in 6th grade at age 11, interviewed Bob for a project, I did not realize what a highly decorated veteran he was.
I also did not know how highly regarded he was in the landscape and lighting industry.
Thanks Bob for your service and for always keeping us laughing.
Bob was a dear family friend to all of us. From the time I first walked in to the front door of the Cooks home in middle school, Bob always made me feel like a part of the family. Countless nights of slumber parties and sleep overs with Callie all have the fond memory of Bob’s hearty laughter and tennis games on the tv. Talking with Bob and the family during dinners with steak and breakfasts with scrambled eggs after a weekend of soccer was something I always looked forward to.
I think of him every time I see moonlighting, and now I will look up and smile at him and know he’s smiling down on us all.
I will always remember Bob’s awesome sense of humor and infectious laugh. He was always so kind and inviting and made me feel not only welcomed, but loved as well. I am and will forever be a “Bob fan.” He will truly be missed.
Dad, thank you for encouraging me for 29 years, walking me down the aisle at my wedding and for all the countless, wonderful memories we had together. I will always love you and miss you.
I am Bob’s cousin. We were born 13 days apart. He being the oldest, was always that “Big Brother” that I did not have. His mother was my Father’s younger sister. Aunt Evelyn and Uncle Tom were so very close to my Dad and Mom. In fact, Bob was born on Nov. 2, Aunt Evelyn had only a name for a little girl, Carol Kay and my Mother had a name pick out for a son, Robert. Aunt Evelyn told my Mom that they had to switch, because she just knew my Mom would have a girl. On the 15th I was born and immediately became Carol Kay Garrett.
Bob and I grew up together until my folks moved to Odessa and then on to Abilene, Texas. But we visited often and always kept in touch. Bob and I have always tried to stay in touch. Months and sometimes years would pass, but when we were in touch, it was like we had always been next door neighbors. The last time that I talked to Bob was this past February. We talked about our kids, jobs and the past. He was so proud of Robby and Callie. Life was just too short for him, but he will always live in our hearts and minds forever and ever. I will miss you greatly dear “cuz”..I am so sorry that you never made it to Maine.
Bob was a dear friend. We first met when I was coaching tennis at Shades Valley and one of my players said the knew someone who would love to help coach tennis. I talked to Bob and he agreed to help. From then on Bob was an integral part of our program and became a very dear friend and confident. All of our players loved “Coach Bob” and a lion’s share of the credit for our success went to him. From a personal standpoint, he will be dearly missed. I know that somewhere in Heaven tonight Bob is playing tennis with someone.
Growing up with Callie, it was always clear that she was “daddy’s girl!” She loved him with all her heart and he loved her just the same. Bob was a wonderful father. I will always admire the effort he took to be an integral part of Callie’s life. He was always cheering at the soccer games throughout high school and college. He was always in the kitchen cooking up great meals and snacks for us. He took an interest in our lives and always offered great perspective and advice. As a Dad, he handled our “young loves” really well. While he would be the first to ask how they were going, he was also the first to casually say we never needed them when they ended!!! He knew Callie would find the right one, and i’m glad he was there to give her away. He was warm and welcoming. He could be counted on to give the best hugs when needed. I will always appreciate him raising one of my best friends and the love he provided for her! My prayers are with the Cook and Ferrari families.
Thank you Bob for the times that we shared together. We had a memorable family life. Raised a precious daughter from infancy into a strong young woman that made us both very proud.
– for creating all the laughter in our lives. Never a dull moment in our family home.
– for all the tennis dates that we had in our 21 years together.
– for the unconditional love that you gave to Callie and myself.
I will never forget you and will carry you in my heart always!
Rest In Peace with God always.
All our love forever….
I had the pleasure of meeting Bob when he applied to rent part of my house as he needed to live close to work. My girlfriend Theresa always enjoyed conversing and joking with Bob, especially when they made jokes at my expense. Bob and I shared our humor and observations on many subjects. We discovered that we served in the military during the Vietnam era and we related so well on a varied amount of subjects. The one thing that Theresa and I will miss is that when Bob was around there was always laughter in the house. Seldom a dull moment. Bob would sit with us for hours on end enjoying television shows and cracking jokes.
Callie, your dad talked about you all the time and was so excited for your then upcoming wedding, he was so pround and so happy for you both. Bob, we will miss you and we take comfort in the fact that where ever you are now someone is laughing at your endless jokes. Until we meet again my friend.
I want to always thank Bob for putting me into the Lighting Fixture side of the Business. We had lots of laughs together. He cherished his daughter, loved Tennis, and cared deeply for his family and friends. I’ll always remember him.
Bob and I met about 6 years ago in the lighting industry. We sure hit it off right out of the gates! He was hilarious! I nicknamed him Firley after Don Knott’s character in Three’s Company. You had to keep your eye on him because you never knew what joke he’d be cracking. He just brought joy to your heart. It is with great sadness that the world looses one of its good ones. You’ll be missed Bob!