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Kremer, Robert "Bob" OCEANSIDE -- Robert "Bob" Celsus Kremer (88) was born in Cascade, Iowa and died peacefully on October 11, 2013 in Oceanside, CA. Bob and his family moved to Oceanside in 1966 where he was stationed at Camp Pendleton. He served in the U.S. Navy for 31 years, first as a corpsman, and then as an administrator and instructor, reaching the rank of Senior Chief Petty Officer. He was a decorated veteran who earned numerous military service commendations for his participation in WW II, the Korean War and the Vietnam conflict. For his service at the battle of the Chosin Reservoir in Korea, he was awarded the Purple Heart. Bob retired from the Navy in the early 1970s, returned to school, earned an Associate of Science degree, and spent 12 years working at MiraCosta College in Veterans' Affairs. From the 1970s until recently, he was very active in the Oceanside Pacific Kiwanis, especially in projects for children and seniors, and is a past president of the Club. Bob also logged over 10,000 hours for the Oceanside Police Department in their Juvenile Diversion Program and was honored recently as their Volunteer of the Year. Bob was a longtime member of the Mission San Luis Rey congregation, and is remembered for ushering, and later, simply greeting people wearing his decorated military cap, leaning on his distinctive cane. Bob's wife of over 50 years, Bea, passed away in 2001. He leaves 2 sisters and 4 of 6 brothers, and is survived by his 5 children: Karen; Mark, his wife Debra and their children Matthew and Josephine; Eric, his wife Jae and their children Wes and Reid; Kevin, his wife Julie and their children Gavin and Seren; and Brian, his wife Jaqueline and their children Gabriel and Jesenia. He was much-loved and will be greatly missed. His funeral Mass was celebrated on Nov. 9, 2013, and his cremains were joined with his wife's in the coastal waters off Oceanside.

Published in The San Diego Union Tribune on Mar. 9, 2014
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