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Robert L. Ewert

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Robert L. Ewert Obituary
Bob Ewert stepped into the arms of Jesus on July 19, 2017. Bob had been living in the Sun Lakes Resort Community, in Banning, CA, for the past 28 years. He was born to Don and Juanita Ewert in Wichita, Kansas on July 26, 1933. He would later marry his high school sweetheart, Joanne Johnson. The two dated from the age of 14 years old and then married on June 28, 1952. They just celebrated 65 years of marriage.
Bob and Joanne had three daughters: Jody, Jill and Janet. They lived for a short time in La Puente, but later moved to West Covina where they raised their family. All three girls swam for the local swim team. The entire family participated to support the team.
Bob loved sports. He played football and baseball for Belmont High School (Los Angeles) up until the time of his graduation in 1951. When he joined the Army two years later, he was playing on one of their football teams called The Traveller's, while he was stationed in Germany. Occasionally the players were asked to act as Military Police on the base, during his two year service commitment.
When Bob came back to the United States he worked as a landscaper, up until the time he decided to become a firefighter for Los Angeles City Fire Department. He started his firefighting career out as a hard-working rookie fireman. His work ethic was impeccable. He would often tell the story of cleaning toilets as a rookie at the station and making the determination to clean them better than anybody else. He began playing handball, as a young fireman. Bob became a very good adversary on the court. He would later become an avid golfer- even accomplishing some very difficult "holes in one". He promoted through the ranks of the LAFD to complete his career as a Division Fire Chief for the department.
At age 55, Bob received Jesus Christ as his personal Savior and at age 60, he was baptized at Yucaipa Christian Church. He would later move churches to be closer to Banning. Lifepoint Church, in Banning, became Bob and Joanne's home church. He would serve as an usher in his church for many years.
Bob always had a heart for service. Retiring from the fire service wasn't truly retirement. He ran the Charity Golf Tournament in Sun Lakes for several years; he served on the Board of Directors for the Sun Lakes Homeowner's Association, while Sun Lakes was developing as a community; he restructured Pass Com for Emergency Preparedness in the Banning Pass area; he served on the Safety and Security Advisory Committee; he and Dan English, organized and ran the Emergency Preparedness Drills (EPAP) in his community; he became a Citizen Volunteer for the Banning Police Department; he worked for a time with the DARE Program; he served on the Board of Directors for San Gorgonio Hospital; and at age 79, he and Joanne helped care for one of their great-grandsons.
Bob leaves behind his wife, Joanne; their three daughters and their families: Jim and Jody Wolfe of Oak Glen, Jill Perez of Covina, Steve and Janet Johnson of Canyon Lake; 8 grandchildren and 9 great grandchildren.
A memorial service (to be announced) will be held at Lifepoint Church, in Banning, along with an interment and flag ceremony at the Riverside National Cemetery.
Published in Press-Enterprise from July 23 to July 24, 2017
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