ROBERT H. SKAMFER

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CAPT. ROBERT H. SKAMFER, RET., OCTOBER 11, 1914 - SEPTEMBER 11, 2013 Bob lived a wonderful life and was active for all of his nearly 99 years. Born in Eau Claire, WI, he left in 1937 for Hawaii to become a school teacher. Upon his return to the mainland he married Patricia Jean Ward. They raised two daughters and eventually settled with their children in Arlington Heights, IL moving then to Barrington, IL until their permanent move to Tucson, AZ some 35 years ago. Bob spent his career as an executive with a manufacturing company having worked as Vice President of Personnel for the Richardson Company. Upon retirement he and Pat moved to Tucson, AZ where they had been snowbirds for several years. A passionate golfer, he lived his dream and enjoyed 30 years playing golf at the Tucson National Golf Club. He enjoyed travel and reading and kept all that knew him smiling with his clever sense of humor and charisma. Throughout his life and especially into his 90's Bob listened carefully to others taking an interest in their lives and generated stimulating conversations about any topic that came to mind. He will be remembered for his kindness and extreme generosity. He was a dedicated father and husband who enjoyed his role as caregiver when the time came for his two wives. He resided in Santa Fe, NM, for the past 7 months where his daughter Libby and her husband, Wyck, live. He is survived by his daughters and their husbands, Diane and Jim Hamblin of Tryon, NC, and Libby and Wyck Pattishall of Lamy, NM; his step daughter Marijo Lovstrom of Tucson; his step grandsons Todd Lovstrom and Mark Lovstrom; his brothers Don Skamfer of Eau Claire, WI and Carl Skamfer of Las Vegas, NV; and numerous nieces and nephews and their children. He was preceded in death by his brother, Russell, his wife of 43 years, Patricia, and his wife of 20 years, Mildred Smith Skamfer. In memory of Robert the family requests a donation to .
Published in Santa Fe New Mexican on Jan. 1, 1900
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