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Robert Walter Scholler


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Robert Walter Scholler Obituary
January 18, 1923 - November 28, 2017 Robert Scholler (Bob) passed away peacefully at his Corona Del Mar home on Nov. 28, 2017, just shy of his 95th birthday with his family and his devoted caregiver Noel Opsima by his side. Bob's full and interesting life began in Downer's Grove IL. He was born on Jan. 18, 1923 to Carl and Laura Scholler. The younger brother of Grace Scholler Woltz Fenwick whose passing in 2016 at age 98, proves the amazing longevity of the two Scholler siblings. Bob attended Northwestern University in Evanston IL and graduated with a degree in mechanical engineering. It was there that he met the love of his life Donna Wheeler whom he married in 1947. He served in the Navy during WWII as commanding officer of the USS Manuel Destroyer Escort. He and Donna headed west to California in 1949 and lived in Santa Ana where he worked in the construction business building homes. He later became a partner in an engineering firm and worked for General Electric Co. where he created materials used in aerospace manufacturing and the budding high-tech industry. In the late 1950's, he and Donna and their four children moved to Corona Del Mar's Shorecliffs neighborhood where he built another home for his family. Soon after that, Bob started a company building clean rooms for hospitals and laboratories. He became one of the best in the industry and was hired by NASA to create clean air labs. Bob's most exciting and rewarding career highlight was creating a clean room- medical isolation unit for the set of Steven Spielberg's blockbuster movie "E.T.". Bob created the the medical set where E.T. And Elliott were in isolation. After "E.T." Bob created sets for movies including "The Boy in the Plastic Bubble" with John Travolta and "Silkwood" with Meryl Streep and Cher. A devoted family man, Bob was honored and respected by all who knew him. He was a lover of celebrations big and small, family gatherings, neighborhood events and travel. He took great pride and interest in each of his eight grandchildren. A mentor by nature, he continuously supported people and looked for opportunities to help or invest in their endeavors or simply say "great work", which was a thrilling honor. He was genuinely interested in others and their success. A man of great integrity, he leaves a legacy of valuable achievements, important friendships and a responsibility to the next generation for honest hard work. Bob is survived by his daughter Karen Scholler Ballreich of San Juan Capistrano, daughter Laurie Scholler Krueger (John) of Incline Village NV, son Don Scholler (Penny) of Tahoe Vista CA, eight grandchildren and one great grandchild. Predeceased by his beloved wife Donna in 2007, his son in law Will Ballreich in 2014, his son Ken Scholler in 2015, his lifelong best friend Ron Boyd in 2015 and his sister Grace in 2016. Bob's family has planned a celebration of life gathering at his Corona Del Mar home on Dec. 30, 2017 from 1pm to 4pm. Friends and neighbors are invited to attend.
Published in the Los Angeles Times on Dec. 30, 2017
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