SR-71 pilot Lt, Col. Darrel Walter Cobb (USAF, Ret.) passed away September 16, 2018, in Chico, CA.  He was 85.

Lt, Col. Cobb was born October 23, 1932 in Hutchinson, Kansas to Paul R. and Amy F. Cobb.  He attended Fort Hays College and joined the Air Force in 1952 where he served for 24 years. He attained the rank of Lt, Col. and was a veteran of the Vietnam War, and received numerous military service honors, including two Distinguished Flying Crosses.  After retiring from the Air Force, Lt, Col. Cobb received a B.S. in finance from Chico State University.  He worked for Chevron Chemical Corporation for 16 years, retiring in 1997.  Lt, Col. Cobb and his family resided in Chico for 42 years.  He was a member of the Knights of Columbus, the Elks Lodge, SIRS, and served as president of the Kiwanis Club. 

He is survived by his wife of 65 years, Rosa Mae (Ro) Giebler Cobb and his six children:  Russel (his wife Nancy), Christopher (his wife Carol), Nelsen (his wife CiCi), Douglas, Vincent (his wife Andrea), and Alison; 15 grandchildren, and 13 great-grandchildren. He is predeceased by his parents and his brother Gareth Cobb.  

Funeral mass will be held October 5, 2018 at 9:00 a.m. at St. John the Baptist Catholic Church, followed by a military graveside service at Northern California Veterans Cemetery in Igo, California.  More information about the life of Darrel Cobb can be found by going online to