Robert Pendleton Shive (1930 - 2017)

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Mr. Robert Pendleton Shive, 87, of St. Augustine went home to the Lord on June 3, 2017. Robert, the youngest of three sons, was born to Lois Elizabeth and Grover Lee Shive in the small coastal town, Laguna Beach, California on April 5, 1930.
Always industrious and with a creative knack, he found ways to make money as a young child growing up during the height of the depression and fondly recalled selling newspapers, settings bowling pins or flipping hamburgers to help make ends meet. Despite the hardship of growing up poor and the passing of his father in 1935, the family was visited with yet another tragedy when the Japanese attacked on Dec. 7, 1941, where Robert lost his older brothers, Gordon and Malcolm who were both killed in action aboard the USS Arizona at Pearl Harbor, Hawaii. Despite his mother's protestations and the fact that he was now the sole surviving son of a war-depleted family, Robert joined the US Navy at the age of 17 in April of 1947, and proudly served until his retirement in 1967. Robert served his nation during the Korean conflict and Vietnam war, and retired from the Navy as a Senior Chief Sonarman.
Subsequent to his retirement from the Navy, Robert worked within the defense industry and was quite proud of his work on the Lunar Module Descent Engine as part of the Apollo space program while working at TRW as an instrumentation technician. As industrious as ever and not one to sit idle, Robert moved his family from Southern California following the conclusion of the Apollo program, and set out and built from scratch with his hands a beautiful home in the shadows of the Black Mountains and the expansive vista overlooking the Colorado River in Bullhead City, Arizona.
He permanently retired to St. Augustine, in 1987, where he helped build and was an active member in the VFW Post 2391 while also spending time as an active Mason raising money for charity by marching in the Morocco Shrine Oriental band. He dabbled in oil painting, leather works, and stained glass to pass the time and pursued many other creative endeavors. His greatest accomplishment in life and something he was very proud of was finally achieving sobriety in 1990, which allowed many lingering wounds to permanently heal.
Robert was preceded in death by his parents Grover and Elizabeth, brothers, Gordon and Malcolm, his beloved wife, Gail and son, John Shive. Robert is survived by his daughters, Catherine Maynard of St. Augustine, Diane Zeman of Norco, Calif., and sons, Robert Shive of Hastings, and Gary Shive of Tega Cay, South Carolina. He is further survived by 12 grandchildren and 19 great-grandchildren, and his adorable and ever faithful friend, SusieQ.
Published in St. Augustine Record on Jan. 7, 2018
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