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Robert Lee (Bob) Niebel


11/20/1924 - 07/28/2014 Obituary
Robert (Bob) Niebel was born in Fellows, California on November 20, 1924. He was the youngest of six children of William and Frances Niebel. His peaceful passing was on July 28, 2014.
During World War II, Bob served in the Army's 106th Infantry Regiment in the South Pacific. He was awarded the Purple Heart for injuries received in combat. After the war, he returned to Taft, California, where he worked for Standard Oil/Chevron until his retirement in 1986, after 40 years of employment.
Bob was a 50 year plus member of the Lutheran Church, currently a member of Good Shepherd's Lutheran Church. His faith and love for God was the solid foundation of his life. His sense of humor also touched others in a special way--even when he was not well himself.
For years, Bob enjoyed the hobby of Amateur Radio; his call letters were "KD611." His radio call sign is now referred to as a "Silent Key."
He was preceded in death by his parents, William and Frances Niebel; by siblings, William, Walter, Margaret and Mary; and by brothers-in-law, Roy, Jim and Jack Haven, whom he loved as brothers.
He is survived by his wife of 67 years, Margaret (Marge); sons and daughters-in-law, Robert, Jr. and Sandra, Donald and Susan; and by daughter, Marsha and son-in-law, Merrill Miller. Bob was a devoted family man and the proud Grandpa of seven precious grandchildren, Stephen, William and wife, Kimberley, Hannah, Ruth, Michelle and husband, Jesse Snider and Mark and Elizabeth. He is survived by his sister, Ella; sister-in-law, Vera Haven; and dear nieces and nephews in both the Haven and Niebel families.
Bob left us with this message:
"Remember that we never lose the ones we love if we try to honor their memory by doing a kind deed or by saying a kind word to someone who needs us."
Interment was in West Side District Cemetery under the direction of Erickson & Brown Funeral Home.
Erickson & Brown Funeral Home
Published in Bakersfield Californian on Aug. 29, 2014
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