John Ray Cobb

John Ray Cobb passed away peacefully and suddenly in his beloved garage at home in Ely, Nevada, on Aug. 3, 2018.

John was born, raised and spent his lifetime in Ely, Nevada.  He graduated from White Pine High School in 1958, and earned an Associate’s of Applied Science degree in the building trades.  He served as a master pipefitter and welder at Kennecott in McGill, Nevada, for 32 years before retiring. But John thought he was too young for retirement, so he remained in the workforce for another 10 years;  six years at Ely State Prison as the maintenance specialist and four years with the City of Ely Parks Department.  John was a member of the Masonic Lodge and achieved 32nd degree Past Master of Ely Lodge No. 29, F & A.M.  He was also president of the local Pipefitters Union; local 350.

John is survived by the love of his life and wife of 39 years, Kathy Cobb, his children Mike (Debbi) Cobb, Loyde (Wendy) Cobb, Jacquie Cobb Louie, Stephen (Patti) Cobb, Stephanie (Mike) Kirby, and his grandchildren, Vincent (Emily), Brandi (Jared), Candice (Gentry), Ashley (Sean), Tyler (Whitney), Whitney, Travis (Grace Ann), Matt, Jamee, Damian, Alec (Ella), Reagan and Erin. He also leaves behind Great Grandchildren E.J, Isaac, Channing, Eme, Macy, Hailee, Ruby, Max, soon to arrive baby boy Cobb and many beloved family members.

John is preceded in death by his parents Ray and Juna (Kerr) Cobb and Sister Dorothy.

In addition to his family, his loves were Old Cars, Bikes, Binoculars, and Babes.  He never left home without his cooler filled with chocolates, and his favorite mug.  We will all miss his warm, affectionate hugs and endless, entertaining stories.  John had a brilliant mind, which gave him the ability to fix or create whatever he set his mind to.

Funeral services will be held Aug. 11, 2018, at 11 a.m., at Mountain Vista Funeral Home, 450 Mill Street, Ely, Nevada  89301, followed by a graveside service.  Friends and family are invited to join us for a luncheon at the Bristlecone Convention Center following the services.

In Lieu of flowers, please donate to the American Heart Association

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  1. Chris Wells says:

    So sad to hear about the passing of a long time neighbor. Prayers and thoughts for Kathy and family.
    The Wells~ Rick and Chris

  2. Chrisoula Mellos says:

    Mike, Loyde & Jacquie this breaks my heart reading! Your dad was such a great guy with a heart of gold so funny and kind that never met a stranger. I think God needed a great mechanic cuz he sure took the best. Give Kathy a hug for me. All of you are in my thoughts and prayers during this painful time.

  3. Linda C Whyte says:

    So sorry to hear about John Cobb, I worked with him at ESP. You knew you were going to like him as soon as you met….May God Bless him and his family

  4. Dale W Green says:

    God please comfort this great family. This was a great individual and I know he will be missed by many. I could not have sold my ’64 Vette to better people. In his love of classic autos, John took care of it like nobody else could have and I always knew it went into the best hands available. In addition to condolences, I want to thank the family for that too. Best of all to all of you!

  5. Russell and Deborah Gleave says:

    Russ and I could not believe that John passed away, we’re so very sad for his Precious wife Kathy and all there children and family. John and Kathy made the Perfect Couple it was always very encouraging to see them together and talk to them they were always so positive and happy. Like Dale Green stated, he took such imaculate care of all his autos l’m sure with his wifes help we had much respect for Johs talent restoring his cars. All of us who have lost loved ones in death look forward to the words at John 11:25 that says ” Those who die will come to life.”

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