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Robert 'Pops' Herwat Nov. 12, 1922 - Jul. 23, 2013 Resident of Rodeo Robert 'Pops' Herwat passed away peacefully with family by his side, at the young age of '90.' Robert was born and raised in Toledo, Ohio. He joined the Navy at the age of 18 as a submariner in New London, Connecticut. He was an active submariner in both Atlantic and Pacific Oceans, when he was stationed in Panama, during World War II. Robert was happy to share many war stories, some quite humorous. He was honorably discharged in 1943 while stationed in California where he met and married his loving wife Irene. They had three children, a daughter Josephine sons Vernon and Robert P. Robert is preceded in death by his beloved wife Irene, loving children Josephine and Robert P. He is also survived by son, Vernon of Rodeo, seven grandchildren, David Herwat, Kenneth Herwat, Denise Hill, Steven Del Agostino, Kelly Howell, Laurie Collins, Dawn Bonano, and nine great grandchildren. Robert is a retiree of Local 342 Steamfitters. He was a loyal member of Odd Fellows Lodge 100F. He enjoyed playing pinochle with all of his close friends at Pinole Senior Center, where he was known as 'quite the gentleman'. He loved fishing, camping and traveling cross country in his motor home. In closing a Beautiful Tribute for 'Pops" by Granddaughter, Denise Hill' My grandpa, we call him Pops will forever be in our hearts. Pops lost his battle with cancer and went home to be with our Lord and Savior, my grandma (we call her gram), his daughter (my mom) and his son (my Uncle Bobby). While my heart is broken, I am at peace knowing that he is no longer in any pain and that he is now reunited with our family. I love you Pops more than you will ever know. You have been through so much in your life that you are my hero and I am so proud to be a part of your family. I have so many wonderful memories of you...cracking hard boiled eggs on your head at Easter, watching you fill up your tummy with lots of air and then blowing it out like it popped, doing 'babies got a hacking cough', eating your wonderful bread that you learned to make in the Navy (thank you for teaching my Dad, I want to learn to make it too), and having you sign my wedding certificate when I married my best friend (that is a treasure I will hold in my heart forever). May you rest in peace Pops, I love you and will miss you so much until we meet again. Private services through Neptune Society with Military Honors.
Published in Contra Costa Times on Aug. 2, 2013
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