Robert Nordstrom

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Robert Andrew Nordstrom

Robert Andrew Nordstrom, 89, of Rio Rancho, formerly of Garden City, MI, passed away Wednesday, November 1, at his home in Rio Rancho. Bob was born on June 14, 1928 to Walter Nordstrom and Martha Golden and grew up in Royal Oak Township, Michigan. His service as a skilled mechanic in the Army Air Corps in Japan sparked a lifelong interest in aviation and a career as a diesel mechanic. In 1949, Bob married the love of his life, Norma Herbert. Bob & Norma traveled extensively, including voyages to England on the QEII. Upon Norma's retirement, they moved to Rio Rancho to escape the Michigan winters, continuing their trips to every part of the country with beloved dogs Gabby, Chena, and Teddy.

Everyone Bob met became his instant friend. He relished daily exercise visits to Presbyterian Healthplex to socialize with his many friends there, treating them with the candy and gum he always carried with him.

Bob was preceded in death by his parents, beloved wife Norma in 2008, and Norma's siblings, Olive (Jack) Harman, Cleo (Ronald) Williams, and Wayne "Dutch" (Carole) Herbert. He is survived by sister Martha Marie Cogut and her husband Theodore of Tucson, Arizona, their three daughters, Leta (Darrell) Mach of Greenbelt, Maryland, Willa (Al) Swartz of Okemos, Michigan, and Pamela (Randy) Bryant of St. Augustine Beach, Florida, and treasured dog Buddy.

Numerous caring friends and neighbors supported Bob as his health declined. The family wishes to mention dear friends Abigail Ritz and Flor Bearden who did so much for Bob. Many thanks go to the compassionate staff of Presbyterian Hospice and Home Instead, who greatly eased Bob's final days at home. Memorial service will follow at a later date. Memorial contributions may be directed to animal rescue at Watermelon Mountain Ranch, 1512 Deborah Rd SE Ste 203, Rio Rancho NM 87124.

Published in Albuquerque Journal from Nov. 4 to Nov. 5, 2017