Robert F. Abbott, 92, passed away peacefully at home of natural causes on November 9, 2013 surrounded by family members. The last living member of his birth family, Robert was born April 10, 1921 in King City, CA. Robert was a life-long resident and business owner in Salinas.|
Robert's parents descended from early settlers in Monterey County, homesteaders in the Arroyo Seco River Valley. Parts of those holdings were used to establish the Arroyo Seco Campground in the Los Padres National Forrest. Robert's father, Carl Henry Abbott, served as Sheriff of Monterey County for 12 years. After graduating from Salinas High School, attending Hartnell College, Robert joined the U.S. Navy in February 1942, serving in the Pacific until December 1945. In 1946 he married Charlotte M. Welty, District of Columbia, and raised a family of five sons.
In July 1954 he and his wife purchased the Salinas South Main Street Fosters Freeze. He actively worked the restaurant daily. He was instrumental in re-designing the facilities in 1956 and developing the current facilities in 1985 consistent with his vision. He acquired multiple Fosters Freeze locations in Hollister, Santa Cruz and Watsonville. The Fosters Freezes are still family operated today with the third generation running day-to-day operations and will celebrate their 60th anniversary in July 2014. Robert remained active in the business until 1990.
Robert served as an Elder at Northminster Presbyterian, and joined various local organizations. In retirement he and his wife traveled the country in their RV and spent much of their time enjoying the Abbott Ranch in Arroyo Seco. Robert's main focus remained his family throughout his rewarding years. He was a loving husband and a fine courageous father.
Preceded in death by a married son, David W. and Bina L., Robert is survived by his wife of 67 years, Charlotte W. and four of his sons, W. Dana, Carl L., Forrest E., and R. Bruce. He was blessed with 17 grandchildren and 11 great grandchildren. At his request there will be a private family event in his honor.
Memorial donations in his honor, per his request, may be given to the "Monica Abbott Scholarship Fund" or another educational scholarship or
Funeral arrangements are by Struve and Laporte Funeral Home. To offer online condolences, visit:
Published in The Monterey Herald from Nov. 19 to Nov. 24, 2013