Robert F. Hancock, 85, of Eldon passed away Saturday, May 16, 2020 at the Davis County Hospital in Bloomfield. As were his wishes, his body has been cremated. A graveside service with military honors will be held at 2:00 p.m. on Wednesday, May 20, 2020 at the Eldon Cemetery with Pastor Mark Clark officiating. Memorial contributions in Bob’s honor may be directed to the Living Hope Bible Church or to the Eldon Christian Church. Friends may sign the online guestbook at

Robert Ferris Hancock was born on January 19, 1935 on the family farm in rural Wapello County. He attended school in Eldon where he graduated with the class of 1953. Shortly after graduation Bob joined the United States Air Force. He did his basic training at Lackland Air Force Base in San Antonio, Texas and then went on to Radio and Radar School in Biloxi, Miss. During his time here he married the love of his life Patricia Noel. Upon completion of schooling he began working on twin engine aircrafts preparing their radio and radar navigation before takeoff. Bob was extremely proud of his work and was honorably discharged from the Airforce in 1958 at the rank of Staff Sergeant. He and Patricia returned home and became loving parents to three children: Bobby, Becky, and John. Bob worked for a few years on the Rock Island Railroad, as well as Morrell’s and eventually returned to the family farm where he had begun his love for farming as a child. Bob always had a knack for creating, building, repairing, and inventing. He loved working with wood and copper. Bob built and flew his own experimental airplane and never backed down from something that needed repaired or to create something that was asked of him. He enjoyed attending the Drakesville Old Time Music Festival and listening to the bluegrass bands. As the years passed and his family grew, he always found comfort in watching his grandchildren and great grandchildren play. Bob was a member of the Living Hope Bible Church as well as the Experimental Aircraft Association. Bob never knew a stranger, and because of that will not only be missed by his loving family, but also by the many friends he made along the way.

Bob was preceded in death by his parents, one brother-in-law, Delbert Allen, and a niece, Lynn Allen.

Left to share his story is his loving wife of 65 years, Patricia Hancock; three children, Bobby Hancock of Dallas, Texas, Becky Hale of Moulton, and John (Michelle) Noel of Franklin, Tenn.; two siblings, Ronald Hancock and Sally Allen, a cousin, Bill Hancock of Eldon; nine grandchildren, Scott Hancock, Sande (Teagan) Tidwell, Sharla (Amber) Hancock, Abby (Kirk) Swarts, Alecia (Dustin) Young, Austin (Allison) Erwine, Sheri (Don) Hoffner, Sonya Wade, and Susan (Billy) Shine; 15 great grandchildren, Katie, Hunter, Kylie, Dakota, Dawson, Sarah, Cameron, Claire, Calvin, Tinley, Whitney, Jenna, Aliyah, Elizabeth, and Emily.

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