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April 14, 1922 - June 16, 2015 Robert S. Walter has passed away at the age of 93. He is survived by his wife, Marjorie, daughter, AnnaBelle, stepdaughter Caryl Hart and granddaughter, Reya Hart. He was predeceased by daughter, Gretchen, granddaughter, Heather and stepdaughter Lisa. Robert ("Bob") was born in Los Angeles to Benjamin and Mildred Walter. He was raised with brother Philip and sister Marilyn in Hancock Park. The siblings spent many happy summers on the beaches of Pacific Palisades at the Bel-Air Bay Club, which his father co-founded. He harbored a passion for the sea and boats throughout his long life. While studying at the University of Oregon the Japanese attacked Pearl Harbor. Bob volunteered for active service, enlisting in the Navy and serving on the USS Colorado in the Pacific. In 1963 he wed Marjorie Ohrbach (née Winters), becoming stepfather to Caryl and Lisa. They welcomed AnnaBelle to the family three years later, and together moved from Newport Beach to the Santa Ynez Valley. He loved the experience of ranch life: raising cattle, riding horses and cultivating the land. Though he enjoyed a lengthy career as an investment advisor with Bateman Eichler, Hill Richards (ultimately as Vice President), his greatest joy was returning home after a long day at the office, hopping into his truck and working outdoors. The annual Rancheros Vistadores ride with close friends was a particular highlight during his time in the valley. Later the family moved to Santa Barbara, settling in Montecito, where his favorite pastimes included boating, swimming at the Coral Casino, lunches at Harry's and barbecues at the Yacht Club. Three years ago Bob and Marjorie moved to Napa to be close to their daughters. He will be deeply missed and lovingly remembered for his warmth, wit and extraordinarily rich life.
Published in the Los Angeles Times from June 20 to June 21, 2015
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