Gorsline Runciman Funeral Homes

621 South Jefferson, Mason, MI


Robert M. Cone

May 12, 1925September 20, 2019

The Holy Father welcomed home his son, Robert (Bob) M. Cone, on September 20, 2019 at the age of 94. Robert was born May 12, 1925 in Hiram, Ohio to Fred and Norma Cone and was raised in Hudson, Ohio. Robert served his country as a member of the Army Airforce during World War II. After completing his service, Robert attended Denison University in Grandville, Ohio where he met and married his wife Barbara (Bobbie). They spent 68 wonderful year together until her death in 2017. Bob and Bobbie moved to Mason, Michigan in 1954 where they settled and spent the remaining years of their lives raising their three children and being very active in the community. Robert spent 33 years as an employee of the Mason School District, teaching, coaching and serving as the athletic director for a period. He was affectionately known as “Papa Cone” to many of his students during and after his teaching career. After retirement, Bob assisted Bobbie in the antique business for many years. Fly Fishing was one of Bob’s great loves. He spent many summer days on the trout streams of northern Michigan. He deeply cherished the companionship of his fishing partners over the years. Summer family camping trips, fall antique hunting expeditions with Bobbie, Tiger baseball, and watching MSU athletics were all parts of Bob’s life that brought him great joy. Bob was extremely proud of his eight grandchildren and relished in their accomplishments. Bob was also a very active member of the Presbyterian Church of Okemos for many years.

Robert was preceded in death by his wife, Barbara and sister MaryAnn (Bill) Williams.

He is survived by his children, Holly (Paul) Nieusma, Brett (Lynn) Cone, Brooks (Kathy) Cone, and eight grandchildren (Laura, Elizabeth, Spencer, Simon, Amos, Abraham, Andrew, and Brendan). The family wishes to thank the staff members of Green Acres of Mason and Careline Hospice for their compassionate and loving care.

A memorial service will be held on Saturday, October 5, 2019 at 2:00p.m. at the Presbyterian Church of Okemos, 2258 Bennett Rd., Okemos, MI. with the Rev. Rob Carlson officiating. The family will greet visitors at the Presbyterian Church of Okemos on Friday October 4, 2019 from 6:00-8:00p.m. as well as Saturday, October 5, 2019 from 12:00 to 2:00 prior to the service.

In lieu of flowers, the family requests donations be made to the Presbyterian Church of Okemos Memorial Fund, 2258 Bennett Rd., Okemos, MI.


  • Presbyterian Church of Okemos


  • Memorial Visitation Friday, October 4, 2019
  • Memorial Visitation Saturday, October 5, 2019
  • Memorial Service Saturday, October 5, 2019


Robert M. Cone

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Barb DePue

October 4, 2019

So sorry for your loss. Bob and my husband Bruce and Forest Johnson did many fishing trips together.

His wings were ready, but your heart's were not. I pray you find comfort in the love that surrounds you during this difficult time.

My deepest sympathy to all of the family.

Janet Laycock

September 24, 2019

The one teacher that said I could sleep in class because I was a farm Kid that had to get out of bed in the during the night and chase Cows back to their pen. He said I worked hard and he wanted me to get a nap. I was also told the if I need help with the school work I would get it because I work hard at home. thank you

Don Kill

September 24, 2019

My condolences to the family. I remember cutting Bob's hair back in the 80's and again recently. He will be missed by many.

Doris Roose

September 23, 2019

Mr. Cone was one of my favorite teachers at Mason High School back in the 1950's. . Never a harsh word from him only encouragement. History became a favorite subject because of his teaching. My husband, Harold and I send prayers for comfort and peace to his family.

Jo Ellen smith

September 23, 2019

Rest in Peace Papa Cone, You made the world of current history interesting to me. You were an amazing teacher and man.

Kathy O'Berry-Rhode

September 23, 2019

Thoughts and prayers are with the Cone family. Mr. Cone was an awesome teacher and coach.

Ruth Losh-----Mathias

September 23, 2019

Mr. Cone was my favorite teacher, He was my driving education teacher , we had so much fun and we actually learned how to drive , we used to stop for ice cream went to the park and ate it ! He was the kindest man, never ever told you you did something wrong always asked you what did you just do ? Any one who didn't have him don't know what they missed ,! I'm 80 years old and never had an accident, he'd be so proud !

Robby Cole

September 22, 2019

I have many great memories of Mr. Cone..my favorite was when I was a Senior with mustache he walked up to me just outside his class and with a smirk asked me if I was sure I was not a Vietnam Vet? We both laughed so hard. The year was 1984!😁🤣

Susan Craft

September 22, 2019

I have so many memories of him as my history teacher. He was always tying flies and twice he let me leave his class cuz I wanted McDonald's! He was a kind man with a gentle smile. As a softball player we shared the bus with his baseball team to away games. Oh we would get things going all us players and I'll never forget him standing up and shouting at us all to "quit being gross!" He meant it and we listened.

Nancy Olsen

September 22, 2019

A neighbor, teacher, and friend of the Browns on behalf of all of us I extend or sympathies and condolences to the family. One memory that stands out is him climbing the fence on the ladder my dad put out after the school put up the fence, Briefcase in hand, he was no different than anyone else in the neighborhood and took the short cut up and over! He is now an angel looking out for his family and at peace.