Robert Lee Gaddie
1944 - 2019
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1944 – 2019

Robert Lee Gaddie passed away peacefully at home on October 9. He was born in Riverside, California to Hubert and Lorena Gaddie and raised on a citrus ranch in Corona, where he developed a lifelong love of agriculture, horseback riding, and gardening. In 1966 he earned a BS in Agronomy from UC Davis, then served in the US Army Transportation Corp, stationed in Korea from 1967–1968.

He married Elaine Gramm on September 6, 1969 and they settled in Bakersfield, where he was employed as an agriculturalist since 1969. In 1990 he became an independent crop production consultant, specializing in trees and vines. He was widely known and respected as an expert in his field.

Bob was passionate about railroad history, rail travel, and rail photography, and he accumulated a significant collection of railroad paraphernalia. He was a member of the Kern County Historical Society, Santa Fe Historical Society, Shafter Historical Society, and Southern Pacific Historical Society.

He attended Crossroads Christian Fellowship with Elaine and is lovingly remembered as a kind and talented member of the community.

He is survived by his wife, Elaine; his children, Laurel and Brent; his grandchildren, Kelvin and Nova; and his brother, David.

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Published in Bakersfield Californian from Oct. 16 to Oct. 17, 2019.
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June 27, 2020
While I never met Bob, we conversed on the telephone and by email for several years. He had found our websites, and and wanted to know about the museum we are putting together in Pasadena. He donated his photography and photograph collection of Southern California traction, the Pacific Electric Railway, Los Angeles Railway, Los Angeles Transit Authority, etc. He was thrilled we are preserving our railroad heritage and just yesterday we received two binders of fare forms and transfers of the same companies. While there was no note in the box, I suspected he might have passed away. Our heart-felt condolences go out to the family and friends and we want to say thank you for the wonderful donations which will remain available for all to share. We were a few generations apart in age, but transportation brothers who loved Southern California transportation history and the Pacific Electric Railway's "Big Red Cars!" While all his photographs have not yet been scanned, some are available here for all to enjoy:
Thanks, Bob, for your friendship, stewardship and love of history! You will be missed, but your work lives on! R.I.P.
Michael Patris
November 5, 2019
November 5, 2019, we just learned of Bob's passing. We knew him through Crossroads Christian Fellowship. We always greeted Bob with a warm handshake, asking about his health & family.
We will surely miss his presence & that sparkle in his eyes as we talked about our interests.
Will & Karen Winn
October 17, 2019
I was a Corona Boy, as was Bob, interested in railroad and Corona history that we shared with each other.

It was ironic that I had a planned tour last Saturday of the Corona Historical Society that is located on the site of the Citrus Ranch headquarters where he was raised.

It was an emotional visit to the homestead for sure.

Ed Von Nordeck
Ed (Eddie to him) Von Nordeck
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