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Robert Roy McClintick


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Robert Roy McClintick Obituary
November 19, 1924 - August 28, 2016 Bob was born on November 19, 1924 on a farm near Walnut, Kansas and passed away on August 28, 2016. He resided in Indian Wells, California. He grew up during the Great Depression of the 1930s and is survived by his brother Colonel (Retired) Ellis McClintick of Nebraska, and sisters Betty Portwood and Byrdie Hogendorn, both of Texas. Brothers William, AW, and Charles (at birth) predeceased him, as did a half-sister, Ethelene. Bob served in the Army Air Corps during World War II as a crew member on the B29 "Superfortress," flying 15 night bombing missions from Guam to Japan. He was on the last mission of the war and flew "top cover" for the signing of the Surrender Agreement on the Battleship Missouri in Tokyo Bay in 1945. In 1946 he enrolled at the University of Kansas, graduating with a degree in Industrial Management in June 1949. Around this time, Bob met Hazel Jean Wathen, also a graduate of K.U., and they were married on August 12, 1950. They were together 50 years, during which time they raised two wonderful daughters, Suzanne and Stephanie. He is survived by his daughters Suzanne, M.D. and Stephanie (Gregory); five grandchildren: Dr. Erin Schreiber (Matthew), Caitlin Dinsmore, Sean Dinsmore, Samuel Owens, Anna Owens; and two great-grandchildren: Aiden and Emmett Schreiber. Bob was highly successful in the corporate world having worked 40 years for the Farmers Insurance Group of companies, holding 12 different senior positions. He was very active in continuing education, attending night school at the University of Missouri Law School in Kansas City and earning the Chartered Property and Casualty and Chartered Life Underwriter professional insurance designations. Just prior to retirement in 1989, he served as Senior VP-Operations and President of the Fire Insurance Company. Bob played a major role in the development of new products, such as the non-smoker auto and homeowners policies. However, his most satisfying experiences involved the development of personnel. He enjoyed seeing others succeed. In all his business relationships, his integrity earned him the respect of his associates. He served on the U.S. Chamber of Congress and was on the Board of Directors of the Insurance Education Association and the National Council of Property Insurance. While at the U.S. Chamber of Congress meeting in Washington, D.C., Bob met with then President Ronald Reagan to discuss general economic policy, particularly as it related to product liability and medical malpractice liability insurance. After retiring in 1989, Bob and Hazel moved to Indian Wells, California. Sadly, Hazel passed away in June 2000 after a lengthy illness. Bob met his second love, Laurene Vigi from Michigan, and they were married on July 26, 2003 at the Palm Desert Community Presbyterian Church where Bob was a member. Laurene has one daughter, Allison Winslow (Chris), and two grandsons, Nicholas and Michael, all residing in Michigan. During their marriage, Laurene and Bob enjoyed many trips travelling around the world from China to New Zealand. Their other hobby was golf, which they played at the Indian Wells Country Club where Bob served as Chairman of the Board of Governors. A memorial service to celebrate his life will be held in Indian Wells, California.
Published in the Los Angeles Times on Sept. 16, 2016
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