Robert C. Anaya, 73, passed away on Tuesday, October 20, 2009 in Yuma. He was born April 2, 1936 in Yuma.
Shortly after graduating from Yuma Union High School in 1955, Bob joined the U.S. Air Force
and served until 1958. While in the service he was stationed in Texas and Hawaii. After his military service he returned to Yuma to enjoy civilian life and start a career as a butcher at the MCAS Commissary, retiring after 33 years of loyal service.
Not one to enjoy the life of leisure, Bob decided to start another career with AEA Federal Credit Union as a facility coordinator. He retired a second time 11 years later.
In addition to his 2 careers, Bob was a member of the Optimist Club of Yuma, a volunteer for Hospice of Yuma and a member of the Immaculate Conception Church.
Bob is survived by his wife of 50 years, Bertha of Yuma; daughters, Lenore Anaya (Tracy Engler) and Veronica (Tony) Shea all of Yuma; brothers, Henry Anaya, Frank Anaya, I.C. Anaya and John Anaya all of Yuma; sisters, Celia Carlon of Yuma, and Cecilia Santa Cruz of Phoenix; grandsons, Bobby Stone, and Adam Shea of Yuma, Jonathon Shea and Joshua Shea of Port Angeles, Washington; twelve nieces and seven nephews.
Bob was preceded in death by his parents, Jesus and Maria Anaya; brother, Luis Anaya; sister, Carmen Murietta.
He was a wonderful husband, father, grandfather, and friend. Those who knew him will miss his laughter, wit and sense of humor, which he has carried on to his heavenly home. You could always count on a "funny comeback" from Bob. Thursday breakfast at The Mad Greek just won't be the same without him.
A wake will be held at Johnson Mortuary on Sunday, October 25, 2009 from 5:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. with rosary to begin at 7:00 p.m. Funeral Mass will be held at Immaculate Conception Church on Monday, October 26, 2009 at 10:00 a.m. Final resting place will be at Desert Lawn Memorial Park.
Pallbearers will be Robert Arviso, Hank Pinto, Rudy Alvarez, John Anaya Jr., Danny Anaya, and Raul Ramirez.
Honorary pallbearers are John Anaya Sr., Tony Shea, Tracy Engler, John Hudson, James Shea, Ken Bredemeyer, Benny Gonzales, Denise McGregor, and Alice Carbajal.
In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to Optimist Club of Yuma, P.O. Box 4157, Yuma, AZ. 85366 to be used for holiday shopping for under privilaged children or to Hospice of Yuma.
Please sign the guestbook at www.yumasun.com/obituaries