Formerly of Cove
Robert Brooks Hancock, 82, of York, Mont., and formerly of Cove died June 1 at St. Peter’s Hospital in Helena, Mont. Burial was at Montana State Veterans Cemetery at Fort Harrison, Mont.
Mr. Hancock was born Dec. 10, 1921, to Charles and Brooks George Hancock on the family farm near Cove. He graduated from Cove High School and served in the South Pacific for the Navy during World War II.
In 1945 he married Jean Horner. The couple lived in Missoula, Mont., where he worked at Westmont Tractor and for Missoula Cartage.
After his wife’s death, he married Lorraine Reese in 1985. They moved to York in 1998.
He enjoyed camping, fishing, woodworking, gardening, reading, especially about World War II, and being with his grandchildren.
Survivors include his wife of York; his mother and father-in-law, Archie and Nola Smith of Helena; a sister, Phyllis Tarter of Cove; two grandchildren; four great-grandchildren; four stepchildren, Mary Yuricic of East Helena, Curt Reese of Bozeman, Karen Reese-Schwenk and Mark Reese, both of Helena; five stepgrandchildren, and Bill Dellinger, who was like a son.
A son, Gary, and a brother-in-law, Vic Tarter, both died earlier.
Memorials may be made in lieu of flowers to any charity.
Observer – Obituaries May 31 – June 5, 2004 Published: July 1, 2004