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Robert Holm Shober


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Robert Holm Shober Obituary
December 13, 1950 - February 8, 2016 Robert Holm Shober, Jr. entered this world on December 13, 1950, and left it February 8, 2016. He died only after fighting, with great courage, a disease that, for over five years, he never let interfere with his work, his relationships with the many people he held in his heart, particularly his parents, his siblings and their families, his 30-year dedication to the nonprofit PATH (People Assisting the Homeless), or his serious commitment to pure fun. He had always had an uncanny way of weaving his business, personal and fun endeavors into every day. He was an elegant and forgiving bridge player, a dedicated movie goer, a news junkie, and a master handicapper. He was blessed with a rare, natural charm, a genius for kindness and an acute intelligence that he never flaunted. He lived with great joy. Bob was born to Robert and Hortense Shober in Superior, WI but grew up mostly in Seattle. When his family moved to Minnesota, he graduated from Edina High School and went on to St. Olaf College in Northfield, MN. After five Minnesota winters, Bob moved to Los Angeles, where he earned an M.A. from USC and married his first wife, Janet Lund. He joined a relocation firm and quickly went on with his partner, David Stadler, to create what became the largest company of its kind in Southern California. After years of great success he sold his part of the firm and spent several years traveling, writing, working with PATH, and going to the track. He attributed his handicapping finesse to his father, who wrote many a note to Bob's high school principal about oddly frequent family events that required Bob leaving school early, generally an hour before the first race. In 1998, Bob returned to the relocation business by starting a new firm, Shober Consulting, Inc. in Westwood, CA. On July 31, 2004, he married Virginia Mitchell Campbell, who already knew her way around the track, played bridge happily and badly, and was quite willing to go even to unworthy movies. They began a decade of richness and happiness that was evident to anyone who shared time with them in their Westwood or Camden, Maine, homes. Bob is survived by his wife, Virginia, sisters Jane (Denny) Harris of St. Augustine, Fl., Elizabeth (Fred Little) Shober of Edina, MN,, and Peter (Barb Cowan) Shober of Missoula, MT. Bob was an iconic uncle to Lisa, Amy, Katie, Anamarie, Jane, and Steen Robert and to his many grandnephews and nieces. He was a great, and grateful, friend to his larger community in Los Angeles and across the country. Though held in sorrow, we know that through Bob we have been given more than we could ever lose. A funeral service will take place at All Saints Episcopal Church in Beverly Hills Saturday, February 13 at 1:30 pm. Memorials may be given in his name to PATH (People Assisting the Homeless), 340 North Madison Ave., Los Angeles, CA 90004.
Published in the Los Angeles Times from Feb. 12 to Feb. 13, 2016
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