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Robert Harold Wechter


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Robert Harold Wechter Obituary
August 21, 1919 - July 6, 2016 As gently as he lived, Robert "Bob" Harold Wechter, 96, of Santa Barbara died peacefully at his home on July 6, 2016. Born in Chicago, IL, on Aug. 21, 1919, to Herman and Lillian Bleier Wechter, Bob lived in the Chicago area until 1959. He married Betty Ottenheimer while serving in the Navy as Chief Petty Officer during World War II and was stationed in French Morocco for two of his four years of service. He and Betty raised two children, Laurie and Robert, Jr. (deceased). Sadly, Betty passed at an early age. A financial planner with Shearson Hammill in Chicago, Bob accepted a transfer within the company (now Morgan Stanley) to L.A., and retired at age 80 from the work he so enjoyed. In 1977 he met Doris Berman, whom he married. They spent 39 happy years together, moving to Santa Barbara in 2000. During his L.A. years, Bob was active in University Synagogue as membership chair and youth activities liaison. Bob loved the Dodgers, the Hollywood Bowl and travels with Doris. After moving to Santa Barbara, he joined a group of great friends, the ROMEOs (Retired Old Men Eating Out). Bob enjoyed spending time with his grandchildren Liz Soskin and Justin Hart. He also enjoyed travel, theater, concerts and daily chocolate. A kind and eternally optimistic man with a generous, playful heart, he was adored by his family, respected by his colleagues and loved by his friends. Bob is survived by his loving wife, Doris, daughter Laurie Soskin (Larry), stepdaughters Gail Hart and Jody Berman (Doak Heyser), and his grandchildren. A celebration of life will be held July 24, 2016, 2 p.m. at Fresco Café, 3987 State St., Santa Barbara. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to Pacific Pride Foundation, 126 East Haley St., #11, Santa Barbara, CA 93101, or Assisted Home Health and Hospice, 302 N. Milpas St., Santa Barbara, CA 93103.
Published in the Los Angeles Times from July 9 to July 17, 2016
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