Robert Cooch

robert cooch

Robert Duane Cooch, 88, passed into our Lord's loving arms December 15, 2012.  Born in Lisbon, ND October 25, 1924, he attended school in Courtney and graduated from high school in Wimbledon.  He attended NDSU, Purdue University and enlisted in the US Marines.  Bob served in the 5th US Marine Division and survived the landing on Iwo Jima and the initial occupation of Japan.  In Jamestown, ND he married Faye Jean Brownson on June 17, 1948 at St. Jame's Basilica.  They have resided in Fargo 64 years and raised three daughters.

Bob retired from Northwestern Bell with 40 years of service in 1986.  After his retirement, Bob and Faye spent many winters in Sarasota enjoying the Florida sunshine.   He was a charter member of Holy Spirit Catholic Church, a member of the American Legion, Elks Club, Fargo Exchange Club, Knights of Columbus, SAE Fraternity, Sons of the American Revolution and involved in Civic Affairs.  Bob was an accomplished bridge player and loved gardening, baseball, hunting, traveling and reading the comic section of the daily newspaper.  Time spent with his daughters, grandsons and great-grandsons brought him great joy.  His gentle demeanor will be greatly missed by all who knew him.

Bob is survived by his wife, daughter's Katherine (Gary) Fox, Henderson, NV, Lynn Cooch, (Diane Monson) Anoka, MN, grandson's Ryan  (Dr. Teresa Kimberly, Jacob and Aidan) Minneapolis, MN, Reed (Erin) Fox, Gilbert, AZ and great-grandson Liam Fox.  Sister-in-Laws, Frances Bellon, Jamestown, ND, Doris Lusk Fargo, ND, Marion Brownson, Phoenix, AZ, Brother-in-law, George Brownson, Tampa, FL and four nieces.

His death was preceded by his parents Catherine (Otting) and Chester Cooch and daughter, Mary Patricia Cooch.

Our heartfelt thanks to Sanford Medical Center, ManorCare, and Home Instead Senior Care. Your care, concern and compassion was a great comfort to us.

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  1. Henderson NevadaDear Katherine and family,
    You have been in our thoughts and prayers since learning of the death of your father. May memories of him and the love of family and friends comfort all of you during this difficult time.
    With love,
    Cindy and Jerry

  2. Fargo North Dakota
    I worked with Bob for many years at the telephone company. He always had a smile on his face even when problems arose. I guess I really didn’t know enough about Bob and now I wish I knew more. Being a USMC Vietnam veteran I didn’t even know he also served in the Marines during WWII. I never had a chance to convey our special greeting. So Bob, Semper Fi my friend, may you rest in peace.

  3. I knew Bob from his goose hunting trips to Bottineau. He was always very appreciative of being able to be out there even though the hunting was not always good. He was just a good guy.

  4. Bella Vista ARHi Katherine:

    Your Dad’s smile could melt snow – he was a one in a million guy! Such a gentleman and always with a positive attutude. May it help to know that friends are thinking of you & Gary as well as all of your family at this sad time.
    Memories are a source of comfort and
    you will recall many “specisl” ones in the dsys and months ahead. May it help to know that warm thoughts are with you and I wish I was there to give you a big hug.

    Peace ~ Jeanne

  5. Hot Springs Village ARWe are so sorry to hear about Mr. Cooch’s passing. He was a lovely man, and cared deeply for his family. Our thoughts and prayers are with you.
    Jeff and Anne

  6. Henderson NVDear Katherine, I remember when you and Gary were getting ready to move into the house across the street. There was your dad up on a ladder installing light fixtures to the front of the house. He was definitely a doer! Our condolences to you and your family…Bob will be greatly missed. Sincerely, Gayle and Bernie

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