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Robert S. "Bob" VERHEY

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Age 75, of Santa Ynez, California Died peacefully of complications from pancreatic cancer on September 8, 2018. Preceded in death by his parents, Seymour and Jane Verhey. Survived by his wife, Carol Johnson of Santa Ynez, CA; three siblings, Jim (Annie) Verhey of Napa, CA, Tom (Linda) Verhey of Charleston, SC and Fred (Victoria) Verhey of San Francisco, CA; children, Bob (Nancy) Verhey of Inver Grove Heights, MN and Anne Paquet of Cary, NC; and five grandchildren, Allie, Jennie, Bobby and Tommy Verhey, and Jonathan Paquet. He was a very loving uncle to many nieces and nephews. Bob was born and raised in the Highland Park neighborhood of St. Paul, Minnesota. He graduated from St. Paul Academy in 1961. Bob earned his BA from Duke University in 1965 and his MBA from Dartmouth College in 1967. Bob had a very diverse professional career as a corporate leader, entrepreneur, business coach and professor. Bob was a manager for Xerox Corporation in Rochester, New York (1968) and manager for Memorex in Acadia, California (1969 to 1971). From 1972 to 1980, Bob resided in Tiburon, California as VP of Finance for Fibreboard Corporation. In the following decades he launched numerous companies in a variety of industries in San Francisco, Hilton Head Island, SC and Alexandria, VA. Bob eventually became an expert in healthcare and veterans affairs. He was Director of Strategic Planning at the American Red Cross and launched and managed numerous non-profit companies for veterans. In his later years, Bob moved to Santa Barbara and eventually Santa Ynez, where he was primarily a business coach for many start-up companies and individuals. He also was a business and communications professor at UC Berkeley, Georgia Southern University and Santa Barbara City College. Bob had an incredibly diverse life! He loved all sports; including following the 49ers, Warriors, Nationals and Capitols. He travelled throughout the world and attended numerous Olympics and world class sporting events. He also was an avid skier, tennis player and golfer. He was an extremely optimistic and outgoing individual who gave an enormous amount of time to charity, teaching and coaching. He also spent significant time with his grand-children, nieces and nephews. His positive outlook on life will never be forgotten. May he rest in peace. Memorial service will take place on Sunday, October 7, at 2:00 PM, at St. Mark's in-the-Valley, 2901 Nojoqui Ave, Los Olivos, CA. Reception to follow. In lieu of flowers, please send donations to Team Rubicon USA, an organization that unites skills and experiences of military veterans with first responders to provide disaster relief. www.teamrubiconusa.org. Loper Funeral Chapel, Directors
Published in Pioneer Press on Sept. 16, 2018
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