Bob Shoffner November 29, 1934 – January 31, 2012 Bob Shoffner knew how to keep some fun secrets. As a piano technician for Elton John, Chicago, the Beach Boys, Earth Wind and Fire and countless others, he saw some interesting times in the Rock-N-Roll industry. From a perch atop the Caribou Ranch recording studio in the 1970s, to his travels with Yamaha Pianos or tuning concert grands for the Grand Junction Symphony Orchestra as recently as last year, Bob's music career spanned more than a half century. Bob died on Tuesday, January 31. He was 77. Born November 29, 1934 in Colorado Springs, Bob graduated from high school, enlisted in the Navy and met his wife, Celeste, on Guam. They were married for 47 years. Bob was a Coast Guard Reserve officer and loved hiking near his second residence in Dove Greek. He also loved photography, woodworking, making jewelry and playing the guitar. When his children would ask about his times with famous musicians and the secrets he might know, he'd get a twinkle in his eye and say little. But when it came to his family, he loved them all dearly. That was no secret. He is survived by four children, Pam Stubert, Cheryl Parker, Robert Shoffner Jr. and Cynthia Shoffner-Mewhirter; seven grandchildren, and a close friend and companion, Becky Brown. A celebration of his life will be held Sunday from 11 a.m. - 2 p.m. at the Redlands Community Center, 2463 Broadway. Contributions may be made to Hospice and Palliative Care of Western Colorado.
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Published in The Daily Sentinel on Feb. 4, 2012