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Robert W. Cook, 95, of Decatur, died peacefully at Swiss Village in Berne on November 17, 2011.
He will be remembered as a thinker, tinkerer, inventor, and businessman.
Bob was born in Osgood. Indiana, and moved to Adams County when he was six years old. He was the fifth of six children of Adolph and Dora Cook.
His stories of the move to Decatur, trips to Batesville to visit family, and his many memories of St. Joseph School, Decatur Catholic High School, and friends and family entertained many of us.
He married Phyllis Cook in 1951; she is deceased.
He has two daughters, Catherine Cook, wife of Robert Laws of Chapel Hill, North Carolina, and Christine Korben, wife of Pamela Davis of Rochester, Massachusetts. He also has numerous nieces and nephews.
He is also predeceased by two brothers and four sisters.
He was the owner of C.W. Fuelling, located in Decatur. He holds 10 United States patents and co-holds one more for devices designed and developed for use in the natural gas industry. His first patent was granted in 1956 for method and apparatus for testing and protecting gas main joints. His other patents were all related to testing and protecting gas main joints. In addition he holds British and Canadian patents.
The Walton Clark Medal, which he received in 1960 from the Franklin Institute in Philadelphia for a contribution to public welfare and safety by development of a successful leak-sealing system for gas mains, was a source of great pride.
He attended the University of California at Berkley and Tri-State University (now Trine University) in Angola.
He served in the U.S. Army Air Corps' Technical Training Command and Air Transport Command during World War III.
Visitation will be held from 9-11 a.m. on Saturday, November 19, 2011, at Haggard-Sefton and Hirschy Funeral Home in Decatur, followed by an 11 a.m. Celebration of Life service. Officiating will be Chaplain Anita Rediger
Burial will take place in St. Joseph Catholic Cemetery at Decatur.