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Resident of Sunnyvale
2/26/1922 - 2/26/2012
On February 26, 2012, Robert "Bob" Wolters passed away on his 90th birthday with his only child, Bob, and daughter-in-law, Pat, at his side. He died of complications from the flu.
The oldest of six children, he was born in Columbus, Wisconsin to Rudolph and Ella (Purfuerst) Wolter. He attended Pembina High School and was the Valedictorian of his class. He entered the Navy at age 18 and served 6 years. He was a Pearl Harbor Survivor, attached to a destroyer.
He married the love of his life, Jacqueline Swennes, in San Francisco in April, 1946. "Jackie" was also from North Dakota but the couple met in San Francisco. Their son Robert Allen Wolters was born in May, 1947.
Bob retired from Standard Oil Company in 1984 after 38 years of service.
He will be remembered for his high intelligence, incredible memory and strong interest in politics. He had a positive approach to life and never complained. As a result of the Depression, he lived a frugal lifestyle, but was also generous, supporting a variety of charities.
He was passionate about sports, especially the San Francisco 49ers and Giants. The team's successes over the last 30 years brought him great joy.
He loved Sunnyvale, CA. If the sun was out, he could be found sitting in his chair in the garage, reading his newspaper/Sports Illustrated, and greeting neighbors and passersby.
Per his request, only the immediate family was present at his internment at Skylawn Memorial Park, where he now joins his beloved wife Jackie. His three grandchildren: Mike (Franklin, MI), Greg (Phoenix, AZ), Kristen (Santa Clara, CA) attended, as well as Greg's girlfriend Amanda Wood and Kristen's fianc Jian Xu. Military Honors were conducted by representatives of the VFW, including a Pearl Harbor Survivor. It was a fitting ceremony for his sacrifice to his country.
Bob is survived by his two younger siblings: Ronald Wolters (San Francisco) and Joyce Battle (Manassas, Virginia). Their frequent contact with him was a comfort and joy. His nieces, nephews and their children also provided support.
Bob told us not to be sad that it was time for him to pass. He believed he had an "easy and good life". Although he lived through the Great Depression, WWII, and the Pearl Harbor attack, he believed that he lived in the best time.
His extended family included his longtime friends/travel mates, cherished neighbors, and especially their young children. Before his passing, he asked that his love and appreciation be extended to all his family and friends. He will be greatly missed by all, but we are consoled that he is finally with his beloved Jackie.
Published in San Jose Mercury News/San Mateo County Times on Mar. 9, 2012