Devoted husband, and loving father, grandfather, great grandfather, great-great grandfather, musician, published writer and retiree of 20 years' service in United States Coast Guard and 20 years' service to the State of California, died peacefully in his home in Santa Rosa on September 4. He was 91. Born on March 26, 1921 in Dustin, Oklahoma to Myrtle and James Breedlove, he was the middle of five siblings, Maudine, Earline, Manny and Murphy. Their family eventually moved to Westwood, a small town in Northern California. Life in Westwood during these times was hard, but taught Bert the value of an honest day's work, especially working for The Red River Lumber Company. In the summer of 1941, feeling the call for adventure and wanting to do his part to serve his country during World War II, Bert quit his job at the Lumber Company and enlisted in the USCG with his uncle Conner Murphy. It was the spring of 1942, while on liberty that Bert met the love of his life, Parley, at El Patio Ballroom in San Francisco. They danced the night together and were married soon after. Bert had always dreamed of skippering a patrol boat, and during his over 20 years with the Coast Guard was able to realize his dream twice, first becoming Officer-In-Charge of an 83 foot Air/Sea Rescue Boat in Nawiliwili Bay, Hawaii, and again later patrolling the San Francisco Bay. Bert's time in the USCG was a very special time for him. Whether you knew Bert well or not, he would always be quick to tell you one of the many stories from his time in the Coast Guard. His favorites being the rescue of a fishing boat off Necker Island, and the time spent as Officer-In-Charge of Piedras Blancas Light Station in San Simeon, CA. Over 20 years' service later, Bert retired from the Coast Guard as Chief Boatswain's Mate. After retiring from the Coast Guard, Bert went to work for the State of California in the Unemployment Office. He retired in 1981. Bert lived with his wife and children in their "Home on the Hill" overlooking Santa Rosa, which they built together in 1962. For the past 30 years, Bert enjoyed fishing in Montana, gardening, writing and spending time with his large family. The past several years both Bert and Parley have been lovingly cared for in their home by their full time caregiver Lynn Varea who has enhanced the quality of their life and became part of the family. Bert is survived by his wife of 66 years, Parley, and their two children Sherry Gilbertson-Bishop and Richard Breedlove, both of Sonoma County. He is also survived by his three grandchildren, Deon, Renee and Shjon, his 11 great grandchildren, his three great-great grandchildren and his nieces Linda, Tabby and Beau and their families. Memorial services will be held Friday September 14 at 2:00 p.m., at the First United Methodist Church located at 1551 Montgomery Dr in Santa Rosa. Donations in memory of Bert can be made to the Piedras Blancas Light Station Association, 15950 Cabrillo Highway, P.O. Box 127, San Simeon CA 93452 or at <A HREF=http://www.piedrasblancas.org/> www.piedrasblancas.org </A>
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Published in the Press Democrat from September 11 to September 14, 2012