Robert Eugene Cook

August 12, 1929November 19, 2020

Robert E. Cook, age 91, of Peoria, Illinois died November 19, 2020.

Bob was born August 12, 1929 in Ellsworth, Wisconsin, the son of Arthur and Martha (Kalepp) Cook.

A Naval veteran, Bob served during the Korean War, later graduating from the University of Wisconsin with a Bachelor’s Degree in Microbiology. He moved to Peoria in the early 1960s for a job with the Pabst Brewing Company, which worked out well for Bob as he did love his beer. Bob later became the Plant Manager for PMP, a Pabst subsidiary, from which he later retired. Marrying Marilee (Stiles) in 1964, the two remained in Peoria to raise their family.

Bob is survived by two sons, Rob (Matthew Swingle) of Ohio and David (Aimee) of Peoria, and three grandchildren, Evan, Melissa, and James.

Bob had a great love of the outdoors which sprang from his Wisconsin upbringing. He enjoyed hunting, fishing, Big Ten football, and traveling with Marilee to many of our national parks. An avid (and good) bowler, talented artist, and tinkerer supreme, he could often be found in his basement working on his latest Rube Goldbergian solution to one of the endless problems faced by any homeowner. Bob would often surreptitiously record conversations between his sons proving, once and for all, that they were complete idiots. He had a wonderful sense of humor and was easily moved to laughter. An excellent husband and father, Bob Cook will certainly be missed.

In lieu of flowers, the Cook family requests that those who knew and loved Bob consider a memorial donation to the Illinois Central College Educational Foundation in support of the Marilee A. Cook Scholarship at 1 College Drive, East Peoria, IL 61635 or at

Davison-Fulton Woodland Chapel is in charge of arrangements.



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Denise Johnson

November 22, 2020

Heartfelt condolences go out to Mr. Cook's immediate family while he was a resident at LHV.

Steven Arahood

November 22, 2020

To my wonderful friends Rob and Dave: I was very sorry to hear of your Dad's passing. I remember your Dad as a very nice and decent man, with a good sense of humor. Those traits certainly were passed on to you! I have a feeling that you two collaborated on the absolutely wonderful tribute to your dad, which, ironically, is also a tribute to you both.

I remember sitting at the kitchen table in the Cook household (circa 1981-ish) many a times just laughing and having a good time coming up with crazy ideas that made absolutely no sense whatsoever and yet taking them to the nth degree. Much like wine tasting...flaccid...yet absurd! I am sure that your dad sitting in the next room really appreciated our antics!

Those were the days.

Losing your parents - who gave you literally everything - is difficult, to say the least. Your Mom and Dad were obviously wonderful parents, and it is perfectly reflected in your lives.

With sympathy,
Your friend, Steve Arahood


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