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DELHI - Donald Wesley Cobbe, 87, a proud lifelong area farmer, passed away peacefully on Thursday, Feb. 1, 2018, at Mary Imogene Bassett Hospital, Cooperstown following a brief illness.
The son of William Ellsworth Cobbe and Helen Elizabeth Feake, Donald was born on July 24, 1930, in Delhi.
He attended a one-room schoolhouse through the sixth grade, and later graduated from Delaware Academy in the Class of 1948.
Don married Elsie Mary Andrews in West Rockport, Maine, on Aug. 24, 1957. They celebrated their 50th wedding anniversary shortly before her passing. Together they operated the family farm on West Platner Brook, Delhi, where they raised their seven children.
Don truly loved farming and took pride in his daily milk can route, delivering milk to the creamery in Delhi. He was a longtime member of the Dairymen's League (later Dairylea) for more than 50 years. He continued farming his whole life with his son, David.
Don enjoyed square dancing, bowling, hunting, and playing pinochle. Later in life, he loved driving around the family farm on his side-by-side four-wheeler, and was always delighted to see his great-grandson, Henry.
Donald was predeceased by his wife, Elsie on Dec. 4, 2007; brother, William Cobbe; and two sisters, Frances Decker and Ella Jean Elwood.
He is survived by his seven children, David Cobbe, Joan (Jamie O'Donnell) Chytalo, Pamela (Fred) Barkalow, Stephen (Danna) Cobbe, Christine (William) Roche, Donald Cobbe, Thomas (Aubrynn Nealis) Cobbe; six grandchildren, Mathew Barkalow, Lauren (Timothy) Sherwood, Derek and Aaron Cobbe, Stephanie Chytalo, Marisa (Brandon Patraw) Chytalo; one great-grandchild, Henry Sherwood; a sister, Helen Handley; sister-in-law, Nancy (Vernon) Hunter; and several nieces and nephews.
Calling hours will take place from 3 to 6 p.m., Monday, Feb. 5, at the MacArthur Funeral Home, Delhi.
Funeral services will be held at 1:30 p.m., Tuesday, Feb. 6, at the West Delhi United Presbyterian Church.
Private burial will be in the Woodland Cemetery, Delhi.
In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to the Delaware Academy, 2 Sheldon Drive, Delhi, to benefit the FFA program in memory of Donald Wesley Cobbe.
Please visit www.macarthurfh.com to share a condolence with the Cobbe family.
Published on February 4, 2018
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