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Robert (Bob) Lolmaugh

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Robert "Bob" Lolmaugh, of Marysville, passed away on March 7th at the age of 87.

Bob, the youngest child of H. C. and Loree Lolmaugh of Hallwood, was preceded in death by his parents, brothers Cal and Howard, sisters Fray Sliger and Mildred Davis Smethurst, son David, son-in-law Jeff Rogers, and grandsons Darin Ingram and Michael Allis.

He is survived by six children, Evelyn (Brad) Allis of Smartsville, Nancy Rogers of Sacramento, Kathryn Lolmaugh (Keith Ford) of Phenix City, Alabama, Lois (Mark) Cameron of Loma Rica, Dawn Apodaca of Yuba City, and Michael Service of Honolulu. Bob is also survived by 13 grandchildren, David Ingram, Damon Ingram, Christopher Mathews, Christina Allis, Claire Rogers, Chloe Rogers, Carmen Lee Mann, Eric Singletary, Troy Dibley, Gwynna Cameron, Mia Cameron, Madison Tucker and E. J. Tucker, as well as 8 great - grandchildren, Michael Ingram, Olivia Ingram, Evy Ingram, Kathryn Lee, Meagan Lee, Parker Mann, Payton Singletary and Carter Singletary.

Prior to his death, Bob was the only living 3rd Generation descendant of Morris and Catherine Lolmaugh (Lallemand) who immigrated from France in the early 1800's and took up farming in Marshall, Indiana. Bob's grandfather Peter (Sarah French) reared 12 children in Indiana, the youngest being Bob's father, Harmon Clarence. Peter, Sarah and their younger children relocated to southern California in the late 19th Century. Bob's father eventually settled in Yuba County where he farmed and built his own home in Hallwood which still stands today. That home saw decades of memorable family gatherings, usually highlighted by the famous homemade noodles prepared by Bob's mother Loree (Grandma).

Less than a month after graduating from Marysville High in 1944, Bob enlisted in the U.S. Army and was promptly sent to basic training and paratrooper school at Ft. Benning, Georgia to prepare for engagement in World War II. Later that year, he was assigned to the 187th Glider Infantry Division and deployed to the active combat operation on Leyte Island, Philippines. Bob honorably served his Country as a parachutist, sharpshooter, demolitionist and cook until the victorious liberation of the Philippines in 1945. When the War ended, Bob was sent to assist with the post-bombing cleanup of Japan, including the disarmament and demolition of enemy ammunition stockpiles. Over the years, Bob spoke very little of his war experience, however, it had a very obvious physical and psychological impact.

After the war, Bob returned to Hallwood and, following family tradition, owned a peach orchard and raised livestock. Bouts with asthma necessitated a career change, and he entered the local real estate community, serving as an agent, broker and developer. Bob returned to farming in the late 70's and operated Colonial Farms in Hallwood for a few years. For most of his adult life, Bob operated tomato grading stations in several California locations and was praised for the efficiency he achieved through his innovative designs. More recently, he worked with Charlie and Fred Mathews in their rice farming and drying operations and enjoyed woodworking. Bob's love of farming never waned and he maintained a small vegetable garden in his yard every year until his health began to decline.

One of the greatest joys in Bob's life was fly fishing, and he was a master! He began fishing the North Fork of the Yuba River near Sierra City and surrounding tributaries with his father as a young child and continued to do so well into his 70's. During the early 1980's, Bob patented a floating dry fly which was met with excitement in the fishing community. He enlisted his friends, some of his daughters and a grandson to help launch Perma-Float. Bob thoroughly enjoyed combining his family with his fly fishing passion and often lured them up to Sierra City to fish and explore.

In addition to his passion for fishing, Bob will be remembered for his enthusiasm for hard work, his river bottom barbecues, his creative woodworks, his self- taught pianist skills, his mastery of ping-pong, his luscious blackberries, his insistence on a hearty breakfast every morning, his hilarious sense of humor highlighted by his wonderful, snickering giggle and, of course, his unsurpassed love for nature and animals, including a deer he rescued as a child and a lifetime of well-trained canine companions.

Bob's family would like to offer their sincere gratitude to Bill and Gina Sliger, Johnnie and Dot Wurm, Fred Mathews and the Crystal Ridge Care Center in Grass Valley for the relentless compassion and friendship that was so instrumental to his welfare.

Services for Bob Lolmaugh, under the direction of Ullrey Memorial Chapel, will be held in early June. The date and time will be announced prior to the service. In lieu of flowers, the family suggests donations to the .

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Published in Appeal Democrat from Mar. 16 to Mar. 17, 2014
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