MILFORD — One of the highlights of Milford Fest is the naming of the Senior King and Queen, when a couple is recognized for their service to the community. The 2019 king and queen are Bob and Sue Cockburn.
Married for 48 years, Bob and Sue have three adult children whose families continue to reside in northern Indiana. Additionally, the Cockburns have hosted foster children through the years. The couple also lived for a time in Leo, Indiana, where Bob was administrator at Gateway Woods, a residential home for children.
Bob and Sue have devoted much of their lives to education. They both taught in Warsaw schools before moving to Leo, and, after moving to Milford, both taught in the Wawasee School Corporation where Sue continues to substitute teach after 30 years. She is also passing on her love of music to the many children to whom she has given piano lessons.
Bob taught in Milford and Syracuse schools and was assistant principal in Milford. Later, he also performed data collection and analysis for Wawasee schools. Recently, Bob was hired as assistant circulation manager for The Papers. He also continues to substitute teach.
Many in Milford also know Bob for the 12 years he has served on the Milford Town Council.
The Cockburns have attended Milford Apostolic Church for 50 years, where they also teach Sunday school and help with vacation Bible school.
Milford Fest organizer and Lions Club member Tricia Gall concluded the presentation by saying, “Your desire to serve others in the Milford community is obvious … Thank you from the countless lives you have touched.”
The Cockburns will also ride in the Milford Memorial Day Parade at 10 a.m., May 27.