Robert (Bob) McKenna
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Robert (Bob) McKenna, 86 SOLANA BEACH -- Robert (Bob) McKenna died on Tuesday, July 7, 2009. Bob was born April 27, 1923 in La Puente, Calif. He was the 3rd of six children born to Robert and Dorothy McKenna of Solana Beach, Calif. He graduated from San Dieguito High School in 1942 where he was a star player on the football team. He was always a fun loving guy who loved to party, loved to dance, and most of all, loved to work. Giving up a football scholarship to the University of Washington, he enlisted in the Army Air Force in 1942. He served in Europe as a flight engineer on C47's during the D-Day invasion and later on aircraft carrying supplies into Europe. After returning from the war, he went to work for his father in his concrete construction business, R.F. McKenna Construction, which he later bought and very successfully ran. In 1948, he married Mardelle Oberlander, who was the love of his life and who also helped him with the business. Mardelle preceded him in death. Bob and Mardelle retired to and spent many years in Oatman, Arizona, where Bob dabbled in construction and mining, and was always willing to lend a hand to help his neighbors or the occasional tourist out of gas. Bob is survived by his sister, Joyce Reimer of South Ampton, New Jersey; and a brother, Fred McKenna of San Mateo, Calif. Also, Betty McKenna, a very caring sister-in-law; and several nieces and nephews who loved Uncle Bob very much. He was buried beside Mardelle in Bullhead City, Arizona. Sign the Guest Book online obits.nctimes.com


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Published in North County Times on Aug. 30, 2009.
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September 1, 2009
"Uncle" Bob will be missed. He had a kind heart. My brother and I have many fond memories of time spent with Uncle Bob in Oatman. May he rest in peace.
Mary McCarver
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