Robert "Bob" Hancock, 85, passed away on Saturday, Jan. 6, 2018, in Kokomo. Bob was born on Sept. 3, 1932, in South Bend, Indiana, to the late Norman and Gretchen Hancock.
Bob stopped going to school at an early age to become a baker at the age of 13 to support his mom. He eventually earned the name, "Bob the Baker." In March of 1951, he was married to Ruth Irene (Harroff). Ruth preceded Bob in death in June of 2004. Bob owned and operated his own bakery in Niles, Michigan, and he was later hired by Maplehurst Bakeries, where he continued to bake until he retired at age 60.
Besides baking, Bob also enjoyed doing yard work, repairing clocks and jewelry, and collecting antiques. Most of all, he loved spending time with his grandchildren along with the rest of his family. Bob had never met a stranger and he had a passion for making other people happy.
Bob is survived by his daughters, Lee Ann (Jerry) Land and Terri (Chris) Batton; brothers, Gilbert Hancock and Dan Hancock; grandchildren, Robert Delere Land, Christopher Michael Land and Catherine Lee Ann Batton; great-granddaughter, Elizabeth Delere Land; and several nieces and nephews.
In addition to his parents and wife, Bob was preceded in death by a daughter, Catherine Denette; brother, Norman; and sisters, Martha and Leila.
A celebration of life will be held for Robert at a later date. Memorial contributions in Robert's name may be made to either the March of Dimes or The American Cancer Society.
Published on January 6, 2018