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Robert Brane Funkhouser


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Robert Brane Funkhouser Obituary
October 25, 1926 - June 22, 2016 Robert Brane Funkhouser Sr. died Wednesday June 22nd at his home in Los Angeles, CA at the age of 89. Born October 25, 1926 in Hagerstown, Maryland to Elmer Newton and Nellie Spielman Funkhouser, Bob attended Phillips Exeter Academy '45, served two years in the US Air Force, and graduated from Dartmouth College in 1950. After college, Bob moved to New York City where he fancied a career in art but landed instead in advertising. While in New York, he met Margaret Ann "Peggy" Crissman. They married in 1953 and settled in Fox Chapel PA, where they raised three children and where Bob joined the firms of Ketchum McLeod & Grove and BBDO respectively. In 1970, the family moved to Los Angeles, CA where Bob headed up the west coast office of BBDO and shortly thereafter became Director of Advertising for The Carnation Company. In 1985, Bob was named President & CEO of The Stuart Foundation with headquarters in San Francisco. Retiring in 1990, Bob devoted his remaining years to supporting Peggy's extraordinary work in public education, celebrating his five grandchildren, enjoying Raiders games with his pals and, not least, fulfilling his lifelong passion for golf, a pursuit that took him to world-famous courses across Europe, Asia and the United States. Bob will forever be remembered by friends and family as the life of the party, the man with the contagious smile, a joke at the ready, who was as comfortable with the generation of his children's friends as he was with his own. He was fond of saying, "We never close," and indeed, virtually everyone who knew Bob has a story of a night or nights (even weeks in some cases!) they spent with Bob and Peggy at their summer rentals on Cape Cod and later at their unforgettable California home in Mandeville Canyon. In his prime, Bob was there to top off your drink and make you smile; to enter his orbit was to go on a mini-vacation, a place to forget about your troubles, share a story and enjoy a laugh. He may be gone, but his warm, generous spirit will live on in those who had the good fortune to know him well. Bob is survived by his wife Peggy, his children Lisë, Bob Jr. and Kristen, son-in-law Kent Pierce, and his grandchildren Niko and Greta Funkhouser, Nell, Luke and Erica Pierce.
Published in the Los Angeles Times on June 30, 2016
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