Robert Richard Hobson was born April 11, 1928, the first child of Robert Gordon and Nettie Josephine (Stephens) Hobson. Bob adored his family, seven generations of Womacks, Coxes, Hobsons and Stephenses. His family returned that love and surrounded him as he peacefully slipped away Jan. 30, 2013, at his home in Emmett, Idaho.
Bob was an Idaho boy. Born in Cambridge, he grew up in McCall, Sweet, Indian Valley and Emmett. Some of his happiest times were at his grandparent's ranch at Crane Creek. He had a lifelong love of horses, and spent a good part of his youth riding and cowboying with his uncles on the ranch.
Bob loved his country, and proudly served in the United States Navy
. He joined at 17 and spent four years on active duty at sea, in Japan, and China as a radar man. Later he served again in Japan during the Korean conflict
He was married to Lillian Irene Leniuk for 28 years, raising their children, Patty and Robby (Robert Roman). Later Bob married Carrol Tibbets and raised their daughter, Leah, along with Carrol's sons, Rick and Steve Tibbets.
Bob loved the land and made a lasting mark with his construction work. He built roads, did sitework and worked on the first section of Idaho's interstate highway and hydro projects like Brownlee and Oxbow Dams.
Bob is survived by his devoted wife of 35 years Carrol; son, Robert Roman Hobson (Jeannette); daughters, Patty Davis (Paul) and Leah Sisk (Bobby); and stepsons, Rick (Sherry) Tibbets and Steve (Roxie) Tibbets. His eight grandchildren are Robert M., Katie and Drew Hobson, Bryan, Erik and Adam Davis and Colton and Caden Sisk. He also had seven great-grandchildren, Sage, Cole, Hope, Conner, Grace, Austin and Bodie.
The family wishes to thank Dr. Davidson, Michelle, Lori and staff for the excellent care Bob received. Also thanks to Horizon Home and Hospice care, especially Dina and Gina for all the love and support they provided.
Memorial service will be held at Potter Funeral Chapel in Emmett, Monday, Feb. 4, 2013, at 2 p.m.
Donations to the Gem County Historical Museum would honor Bob's memory.