JOHN ANTHONY ROBB, died on Wednesday, Dec. 12, 2012, at Spearfish Regional Hospital, South Dakota. Born Jan. 14, 1933, in Toledo, Ohio, he was the youngest of three boys and a son of Francis and Marguerite (Gerard) Robb. They moved to Fort Wayne while John was in high school and he graduated from Central Catholic High School in 1951. He joined the U.S. Navy that same year and served in the Navy for 42 years retiring in 1993 as a Chief Personnel man. He married Geraldine Getty on Sept. 4, 1954. They lived in California for one year then John was stationed in Japan and Gerry moved back to Fort Wayne. After he came home, he worked in transportation the rest of his life. He worked as a Traffic Manager for different companies. He owned his own traffic brokerage business until retirement. They lived in various locales until John and Gerry settled in Aladdin, Wyo., so he could hunt and camp and watch his grandchildren grow up. He enjoyed his grandchildren, Tristann, Katie, Mathew, Brendan, and Patrick, and went to many of their church and school programs, concerts, and ball games. He was thrilled to see his two great-grandchildren, Camden and Victoria who came to visit at Thanksgiving this year. He was proud of his Scot-Irish heritage and he enjoyed genealogy, finding his ancestors in North America and Europe. He was a member of St. Joseph's Catholic Church, Spearfish and was a Fourth Degree Knights of Columbus. He had been a commander of Spearfish V.F.W. Post 5860. Blessed to have shared in his life are his wife, Geraldine; son, John Jr. (Connie) of Fort Wayne; daughters, Jeanne (George) Whalen of Aladdin and Sara (Michael) Burns of Arvada, Colo., and brother, Dr. Robert (Phyllis) Robb of Fort Wayne. He was preceded in death by his parents; and brother, Rev. Paul Robb SJ. "John never met a stranger and enjoyed talking to everyone. He always had a story to tell." Mass of Christian Burial is 11 a.m. Tuesday, Dec. 18, 2012, at St. Joseph Catholic Church, Spearfish, with a Rosary service at 9:30 a.m. prior to the Mass. Burial with full military honors by the Spearfish Honor Guard will be at Black Hills National Cemetery. Online condolences may be written at www.fidler-isburgfuneralchapels.com
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Published in Fort Wayne Newspapers on Dec. 15, 2012