Robert Leonard Bero

Robert ("Bob") Leonard Bero
Robert ("Bob") Leonard Bero was born August 24, 1931 in Salt Lake City, Utah to Harry and Mary Bero. He was the fifth of six children. He was a lifelong member of Our Lady of Lourdes Catholic Parish, Salt Lake City, Utah where he was an usher for more than 50 years. He died peacefully on October 30, 2012 at the Utah State Veterans Nursing Home.
Bob attended Judge Memorial High School, graduating in 1949. He played and lettered in football, baseball and basketball. He served in the Marine Corp. during the Korean Conflict and was honorably discharged in 1954. Bob married Martha Ann Yelenich in 1957 and were the proud parents to Rob, Chris, Helen and Marcie.
His passion and love for sports led him to pursue sports officiating. For much of his adult life he was a highly qualified and respected official, referee and umpire in football, basketball, baseball and softball, beginning with little league and moving on to high school, college and semi-professional sports. Bob officiated throughout the Western United States for a number of NCAA conferences, including the PCAA, Big West, Big Sky, Rocky Mountain, and the WAC and trained and supervised other officials for the Mountain West Conference. He received numerous awards during his career as an official and was inducted into multiple sports Halls of Fame.
Bob was a salesman for Linford Bros. Glass Co. for 25 years, then worked at Hill Air Force Base where he retired before beginning his next career as an honored and loving grandpa. The greatest joy for him was cheering on his grandkids in sports or just playing ball with them.
He was preceded in death by his daughter Mary Christine, his brothers John and Bill, and his parents. Bob is survived by his children, Rob (Janeen), Helen (Rick Van Wagoner) and Marcie (Ken Rivera); grandchildren Jake, JamieAnn, Wilder and Riviana. Bob is also survived by his sisters Mary Hearley, Sara Shalvoy and Sue Smales, and his lifelong friend Larry Bailey and his card-playing buddy and confidant Jack McDonald. Bob had many special friends that love and supported him over the years and made the journey a wild one.
A celebration of Bob's life will be held on November 9, 2012 at Starks Funeral Parlor, 3651 South 900 East, Salt Lake City, Utah, from 6:00-8:00 p.m. or so, followed the next day by a Funeral Mass celebrated at Our Lady of Lourdes Catholic Church, 700 South 1100 East, Salt Lake City, Utah, beginning at 11:00 a.m. Visitation one hour prior.
The family wishes to thank the many caregivers at the Veterans Nursing Home who dignified Bob with their love, concern and skilled care. Thanks for tolerating his wise-cracking antics, smartass comments and his unique hand gestures.
In lieu of flowers please make contributions to Our Lady of Lourdes Parish, Judge Memorial High School or the dementia treatment or research .
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Published in Salt Lake Tribune from Nov. 4 to Nov. 8, 2012