Bob was born on a farm in Giltner, Nebraska. He was the eldest of three children after his sister Lurye was lost in the flu epidemic of 1918. When the family was forced out of the Midwest during the Dust Bowl years, parents George and Frances first moved their family to Idaho before settling in the Los Angeles area. Bob attended John Marshall High School, and it was during this time he met the love of his life, a Glendale girl named Vera Booth, at a "Big Band" dance at the Glendale Civic Auditorium. Bob enlisted in the Navy in 1944, and on June 20 of that same year Bob and Vera were married. He served in the Pacific Theater on a landing craft and remained friends till death with the surviving members of his crew. Their first child Tony was born in 1945 and Bob returned to civilian life in 1946 after being awarded a Victory Medal for WWII and two Bronze Stars for his service in the Asiatic-Pacific Area. A few post-war jobs followed until he was hired by Brinks Armored Car in 1949. Second child Ted was born in 1954 and followed by daughter Tina in 1961. The family lived in the Atwater district for many years before settling in Glendale. Bob would spend his career with Brinks moving from the trucks into management, relocating the family to St. Louis and Chicago, before returning to Los Angeles and retiring as Vice-President of the Western Region in 1979. After retirement Bob and Vera moved to Lake Havasu City, AZ where they spent more than 20 happy years before moving to Castaic, CA to be closer to family last year. Bob loved the simple life, spending time with family and friends. He had a wicked sweet-tooth, loved to bar-be-que, could fix anything and enjoyed being busy working on projects, but most of all he loved being with Vera. He was preceded in death by his parents, siblings Lurye, Dick and Lorna, son Ted, niece Lurye, mother-in-law Leona McCreight and sister and brother-in-law Larrie and Ted Sheldon. He will be eternally missed by his loving wife and partner of 69 years, Vera; Tony and his wife Paula, grandchildren Eric, Paige, Ryan and great-grandchildren Kyndra and Jayda; Tina and her husband Jeff and grandchildren Katelyn, Sydney, Elizabeth and Cody; nephew Bob Sheldon; niece Sandie Marin and her family, as well as numerous other relatives and friends. Services will be held at 10:00 am on Wednesday, January 22, 2014 at Our Lady of Perpetual Help Church in Newhall, CA. Private burial will follow at the Los Angeles National Cemetery-Sawtelle. In lieu of flowers, the family asks that donations be made to Assisted Hospice Care, 4450 Westinghouse Street, Suite 103, Ventura, CA 93003, 805-677-7405.
Published in Los Angeles Daily News on Jan. 22, 2014