Robert "Bob" Barkhouse
1930 - 2019
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The American Dream … if one were to ask for an example there may be none better than Bob Barkhouse. Born of modest means on January 16, 1930, he left us very early on the morning of September 21, 2019.

Who did he leave behind? Gayle was his life companion, lover, greatest advocate and the one person who kept him in line. Brother Tom (wife Mary) always his best friend, who reminded Bob he would always be a farmer; daughter Lori (husband Mike) and granddaughter Olivia; son Larry (wife Amy) and grandson Justin.

He was preceded in death by his sister Marion Richardson.

He also leaves legions of friends, co-workers, students who were bettered, inspired and humbled by his Grace. There are administrators, bureaucrats and politicians who were charmed, pushed, and convinced that what Bob was advocating was what was needed. Once it was a bigger bridge over the Feather River or creating an entire educational curriculum for automotive service at the college level. Then he wrote the manual for that study. Along the way Bob was elected repeatedly to the highest levels of leadership. He was honored by classmates, educators, politicians and voters. Each group felt the impact of this humble but forceful man.

Who was Bob Barkhouse? He was the best friend one could have, especially if you liked pranks and bad jokes. He was a husband and builder of the family home, father, grandfather, brother, sailor, war veteran, student, teacher, counselor, author, board member, council member, mayor and American Hero.

We are all better for his life, but also wounded by his leaving. We already miss him.

Services will be held at 11AM Wednesday, October 2, 2019 at Ullrey Memorial Chapel, (817 Almond St Yuba City). Rev Chris Kersting will officiate. Burial will be private. The family requests in lieu of flowers, donations can be made to: Rideout Cancer Center of Adventist Health, 618 5th St., Marysville, CA 95901, 530-749-4400.

Bob's life will be celebrated at Peach Tree Country Club on Wednesday, October 2, 2019 from 2PM to 4PM, 2043 Simpson Dantoni Rd., Marysville, CA 95901.

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Published in Appeal Democrat from Sep. 27 to Sep. 28, 2019.
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October 9, 2019
I still remember Bob walking into my office at Santa Ana College in the late 70's. Couldn't quite figure him out but he soon won me over and convinced me to join the California Teachers Association which I still belong to and have served in many capacities over the years. I watched him and his activities and was always impressed by his stick to it attitude. "Shiny side up was always his saying" I know he has many friends and I am fortunate to be amoung them. He is gone but will never be forgotten. Rest in peace old friend.
Wayne Olson
October 5, 2019
Bob old friend, I will miss you. Gayle, Larry and Lori, he was a great man. So glad I got to visit with him a few weeks ago. Thinking of all of you here in South Dakota. John Langdell
John Langdell
October 4, 2019
It was an honor to have worked with such an honorable and genuine man. Thank you for your passion and dedication to technical education, and your sharing of knowledge and wisdom.
Bill Stone
October 4, 2019
Good Bless you Bob!
Walt Wood
October 3, 2019
Winnie Bush
October 3, 2019
What a great loss to the automotive industry and to education. All the great work Bob has done will live on.Jennifer Andronas American River College Automotive Instructor Sacramento
Jennifer Andronas
October 2, 2019
Very sorry to hear of Bob's passing. He contributed so much to automotive education in CA. RIP, Bob.
Larry Engelbrecht
October 2, 2019
I'm so sorry for your loss.
God be with you and your family.

Thinking of you
Roleane Helder
October 1, 2019
Bob Barkhouse was a tireless advocate of automotive education for the state of CA and anyone involved in that field owes him a debt of gratitude!! I have enjoyed many a conversation with him over a meal and/or a drink for the last 20 years. I always found him to be informative and entertaining! He encouraged and supported me in my role as an automotive educator and even got me to step up and get more involved in the CAT organization. Bob's advocacy for automotive education was unparalleled in my opinion. His passion for automobiles was evident in the smile on his face when he'd speak of his many project cars over the years. Bob was just an all around great guy who will be missed by many. I have the greatest respect for Bob and all he accomplished in his time here on earth! I will miss him dearly, and I wish to extend my deepest sympathy to his family.
Michael Richards
October 1, 2019
Mr. Barkhouse was one of my favorite person I've ever met in my life. It's a great loss to me to lose Mr. Barkhouse so soon. Every time we met, we had great conversation and always leading to a fun and humor way of picking on each other, we could go on and on.
I know he loved life and he had done well in his lifetime as a family man, a teacher, a community leader, and most of all, he could get along well with everyone. Great human being!
Hieng Tang
September 30, 2019
Bob was my teacher, my mentor, my friend, and the finest role model one could wish for. His influence configured my career, and life by advising me to enroll in Chico State to earn a degree in Industrial Education. He also advised me to marry that cute girl that was always hanging around the auto shop at Yuba!

Forty years of teaching auto shop, and fifty six years of marriage later, Nell
and I will be forever grateful for his impact on our lives.

Our heartfelt condolences to Gayle & Tom.

Bob & Nell Harvey
Bob Harvey
September 30, 2019
Bob was a great mentor, coach and friend, after we met in 1991 to form ARC. He was a staunch supporter of vocational education and had a passion for keeping vocational programs open in our schools. He was dedicated to his family, community and education and his commitment to everything was unsurpassed. Our thoughts and prayers are with Gayle and the family. We will miss him dearly. Johan Gallo & Members of ARC/CalABC.
Johan Gallo
September 30, 2019
Bob was a friend, mentor and inspiration to myself and everyone involved with California Automotive Teachers (CAT). As one of the founding fathers of the CAT organization Bob only missed 1 or 2 conferences since I have been involved with CAT which is over 25 years. CAT is over 50 years old so I'm certain Bob had a 99.99999% attendance record. His wisdom and insightfulness along with his funny wit will be sorely missed. My thoughts and prayers are with Gale and family.
Thomas Broxholm
September 27, 2019
Although I did not know Bob well, he and my father were lifelong friends. Every time dad(Charley)and bob got together, it was a fun time watching those two interact. Growing up in similar circumstances, they spoke of high school and the early days. They always laughed together, which made my heart smile.Dad so much respected and loved Bob.I am sorry for your loss, and the community has lost a stellar citizen.
Steve Lim
September 24, 2019
Bob was a treasure to our community and a very special friend to our family. Our hearts will always hold special memories of Bob, and we pray for his family during this time.

Coleen, Mike and Nick Morris
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