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Robert DeNure
Jul. 8, 1929 - Apr. 26, 2014
La Selva Beach
Robert Eldon DeNure (Rob) of La Selva Beach passed away Saturday morning, April 26th, after a brief illness. Born on July 8,1929, Rob grew up in Freeport, IL. He graduated from Freeport High School in 1947, and enlisted in the U.S. Air Force the following year. His Air Force career 1948 – 52 took him to California and the Pacific as an aircraft technician. After his service, Rob returned to Freeport and married Mary Louise Opel of Freeport. He went to Indiana Tech in Fort Wayne, IN, and earned his technical degree, launching a career in engineering and management. Robert started his career at MicroSwitch in Freeport, moving on to AC Sparkplug in Milwaukee, WI. The couple moved to California in 1961 where Rob joined Aerojet in Sacramento, manufacturing missile propulsion systems. The family moved to Campbell in the San Francisco Bay Area when Rob went to work for Hiller Aircraft in Palo Alto. Rob joined Varian Associates, where he would rise through the ranks as an engineer, engineering manager and operations manager. Rob next joined Bacharach Instruments as general manager overseeing production of advanced test and measurement instruments. The family moved again in 1973 to Saratoga. He later joined Cavro Scientific Instruments in Santa Clara as Executive Vice President of Operations where he managed the design and production of liquid handling systems for clinical diagnostics, life science research and analytical chemistry. Rob and Mary moved to La Selva Beach in 1990. Rob retired from Cavro in 1993. Robert and Mary were married 58 years and during that time enjoyed travel, visiting the U.S., countries throughout Europe and taking cruises. He was an inveterate handyman, applying his skills to every part of his home and yard. He was above all a devoted family man, hosting dinners and barbecues for his four children and their families and going to endless Little League, soccer, hockey, and football games throughout northern California to cheer on his grandchildren. Rob is survived by his wife Mary, his children Dawne Hornung (of Half Moon Bay – husband Mark; sons Joel, Daniel and Zachary), Denise Kehoe (of Livermore – husband Brian; sons Logan and Conlan), Mark DeNure (of Morgan Hill – wife Jilene; son Ryan) and Lisa Wilberding (of Pismo Beach – husband Gary; son Cole, daughter Emma). A celebration of Rob's life is being held on Sunday, June 1st, at 2:00 PM at the Cañon del Sol Clubhouse in La Selva Beach. In lieu of flowers, please donate to the or the .
Published in Santa Cruz Sentinel on May 6, 2014
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