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Robert Lloyd Lesh


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Robert Lloyd Lesh Obituary
Lesh, Robert Lloyd 11/27/1923 ~ 03/07/2015 LA MESA -- Robert Lloyd Lesh, loving husband, father, grandfather and great- grandfather, was born in Arkansas City, Kansas, to William Lloyd and Eva Lucile Lesh. Robert, or Bob, as many knew him, grew up in Arkansas City and attended local schools through graduation from Arkansas City High School in 1941. Bob attended Kemper Military School for one year and had completed one semester at the University of Kansas before being called for military service in the United States Army during WWII. After returning home from serving in the Pacific Theater, Bob married, on August 31, 1946 the love of his life, Geraldine Edwina Crane, whom he had known since kindergarten. Bob also returned to KU after the war, where he was a Delta Tau Delta fraternity brother, and completed the curriculum to earn his four year degree. He then attended and graduated from the KU School of Law in 1949 and practiced law in Arkansas City until he was called to serve his country a second time in 1951, in the Army Corps of Engineers during the Korean War. Having attained the rank of Captain, he was honorably discharged from the United States Army in April of 1953. Later that same year, the Lesh family moved to San Diego, and subsequently made their home in La Mesa, where Bob and Edwina raised their four children. Bob practiced law in San Diego from 1953 until he retired in 2001, a career spanning 50 years in the legal profession. Bob and Edwina had 63 years of wedded bliss and traveled the world once the kids were on their own. Edwina predeceased Bob on May 10, 2010. He is survived by his children, David (Charlotte), W. Robert (Lynne), Phillip (Elita) and Julie Pennoyer (Robert), eleven grandchildren and three great-grandchildren. Bob was beloved by family and friends and was unfailingly kind to all who knew him. He was the personification of the saying, "If you don't have something nice to say about someone, don't say anything at all." Bob was able to live independently until his final weeks and passed away peacefully at the age of 91 at a Sharp Hospice Care home, with family at his bedside. He will be greatly missed. A private service will be held.

Published in The San Diego Union Tribune on Apr. 5, 2015
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