ROBERT J. TORRES

Obituary
5 entries
  • "I'll miss you big brother Thank you for blessing me as I..."
    - Rick Torres
  • "I'll miss you as I have since we moved to Nashville Thank..."
    - Rick Torres
  • "You were truly one of a kind. Rest in peace cunado I will..."
    - Ray Cerrillo
  • "Prayers of peace and fond memories for the Family...I..."
    - Mark Howell
  • "We love you Dad. ❤"
    - Shelly Meyer
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ROBERT J TORRES Our dad, Robert J Torres, was born on May 31st 1940 and peacefully began his journey to Heaven, to be with his Savior Jesus Christ, on April 9th 2016. Dad was the 2nd oldest of 14 children born to Guadalupe and Joan Torres. He was born in Torrington WY and moved to Sunnyside WA as a young child. Music was a big part of his family's lives and at the age of 18, he and his older brother Nick helped to form a band called The Checkers, in which Dad played the bass. Their band was featured in a book published in 2007 titled "Music In Washington, Seattle and Beyond". In 1959 Dad joined the Air Force and was stationed in Okinawa. Following his 4 years in the Air Force, he moved to Pasco WA where he raised his family, including his son Bobby and daughters Shelly and Jacque. He was head of maintenance for the Pasco School District for many years before briefly moving on to the Benton City School District. He ultimately left the schools to run his own business full time, B&R Hardwood Floors. Dad was a story teller and could make everyone laugh with his tales. Dad made fast friends with anyone he would meet. He had a contagious laugh, a huge smile and a loving and generous heart. Dad loved to give gifts and celebrate the holidays. He was an active member of the Eagles Chapter in Pasco. He loved to play pool, pull tabs and slot machines. He was lucky as the day is long and always seemed to walk away a winner. Summers were spent at Williams Lake and Wallow Lake, where according to Dad, he always caught the biggest and the most fish. He was musically gifted and owned many guitars. He loved hosting BBQs for his family and invited all 13 siblings and their families. He made the best BBQ chicken and pork ribs. His brothers would bring their guitars and they would play and sing late into the night. Dad adored his family. Dad suffered some health issues over the years, and thankfully his younger brother Raymond was generous and loving enough to donate a kidney to him in 2005, giving us an additional 11 years with our dad that we would not have otherwise had. Dad fought hard through his illnesses right up until he peacefully passed on to reunite with his parents and his brother Nick. Bob is survived by his children; son Bobby Torres, daughter and son-n-law Shelly and Mike Meyer, and daughter and son-in-law Jacque and Danny Thomas, his grandsons; Christopher Torres, Garrett Meyer and Ryan Thomas, and his granddaughter Spencer Thomas. He is also survived by 6 brothers and 6 sisters. We would like to thank Dad's sister Rosie and brother- in-law Sam Saenz, for the time they spent with him in the Portland VA hospital when we could not be there with him. We would also like to thank his special friend, Iona Carlysle for being a memorable part of his life, and for being so helpful and comforting to dad during his stay in hospice. And finally, a big thank you to the staff at the Tri City Chaplaincy Hospice center for their loving treatment of our dad, and helping to make our final days with him so special. There will not be a funeral service at the request of our dad, but there will be a celebration of life party in his honor. The date and place will be announced at a later date. Bob Torres was one of a kind! He will be greatly missed but never forgotten. Dad...We know you are playing the guitar and planning a big BBQ in heaven. We love you Dad and will always hold you in our hearts.
Published in Tri-City Herald on Apr. 17, 2016
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