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Robert Yale Cohen
June 9, 1914  -  December 16, 2006


   Robert Yale Cohen, 92, of Little Rock passed away, Saturday, December 16, 2006.  Robert was born June 9, 1914 in Kansas City, Missouri.  He was the oldest son of Louis Yale Cohen and Mattie Belle Gander Cohen.      Robert graduated from North Little Rock High School in 1933 and attended Little Rock Junior College in 1933-34.  While in high school he became a DeMolay, and then went on to become a 32nd degree Scottish Rite Mason and Shriner where he played in the Drum and Bugle Corps.  He was also a long-time member of Immanuel Baptist Church.     Robert married Fredona Elaine Forshag at Second Baptist Church in Little Rock on May 14, 1939.  They had three sons, Robert Yale Cohen II, Richard DeHaven Cohen, who died August 19, 1951, and Phillip Louis Cohen.  He and Freddie were married for 63 years, until her death on September 12, 2002.  Robert has two daughters-in-law, Lady Jane Cohen, married to Bob, and Kimberly Cohen, married to Phillip.  He has two grandchildren, Kristin Elaine Cohen and Alexander Yale Cohen.  He is also survived by a brother, Edward M. Cohen.  His brother, Jack D. Cohen, preceded him in death.     He was a veteran of the Army Air Corps who served in the China-Burma-Indian Theater during World War II.  After leaving the service, he returned to North Little Rock and joined his father and brothers in the real estate business.  He worked for more than 30 years for Block Realty and retired at age 72.  He was an active member of several organizations including Chamber of Commerce, University Civitan Club, Arkansas River Yacht Club, and Scimitar Shrine Drum & Bugle Corp.  He served as Justice of the Peace for Big Rock Township.     Robert was a loving husband, father, grandfather and brother, whose family and friends will miss his love, positive attitude, and strength in difficult circumstances.     The funeral service will be at 10:00 a.m., Tuesday, December 19, 2006 at Roller-Chenal Funeral Home Chapel (501)224-8300 with Dr. Kurt Boggan officiating.  Interment will be at Roselawn Memorial Park.     The family will receive friends from 6:00 until 8:00 p.m., Monday at the funeral home.    In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to the charity of the donorís choice.    

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