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Obituary: Pachman, Robert “Bob”

Age 94

PACHMAN, Robert “Bob” Bob passed away on October 26, 2013 at Manor Care in Spokane, where he had been for the last 18 months. The family wishes to express their deep appreciation to the staff for the loving care he received while there. He was very contented there and enjoyed roaming the halls with a smile and a wave to all he met. Bob was born on July 6, 1919 in Chicago, IL to Adolph and Emma Pachman. He was raised in the Bohemian Orphanage on Chicago’s north side, along with his older brother Joe, and older sister Vlasta. His mother had a life-long illness and his father wasn’t able to care for them. After leaving the orphanage at age 17, he worked nights at a hospital and attended an Aeronautical school in the daytime. He got his certificate as an aircraft mechanic just after World War II started. He joined the Navy in 1942 and served mainly in the Philippines area until the end of the war. He was called back into the Navy for the Korean War and served in Japan until that war was over. He settled in San Diego and worked for the government at North Island in aircraft maintenance. In 1955 he met Elaine, his wife of 58 years. They have four sons: Steve (Beth) of Yuba City, CA; Tom (Ann) of Victorville, CA; and John (Elaine) and Mike (Linda) all of Spokane. Bob took an early retirement in 1971 from the Department of Contract Administration Services as a Quality Control Officer in the aircraft industry. We then moved to Spokane where he worked for the State of Washington as a Stationery Engineer at Lakeland Village and Geiger Field. We had a cabin on the Pend Oreille River and enjoyed many good times there, with lots of fishing, pinochle and games with the grandchildren. We had a truck and camper for 26 years and travelled all over in it. We’ve been to 49 of the 50 states (somehow missing Rhode Island). Bob was a “health nut” and into vitamins long before it became popular. He used to walk the mall in the winter and ride his bike in the summer. Bob had never lived in a family situation as a child, but he became a wonderful husband and father. He was a truly decent person with a wonderful sense of humor and will be sorely missed. He is survived by his wife, four sons and their wives, 12 grandchildren, sister-in-law Lois Hathaway of Spokane and many nieces and nephews. Bob worked as a volunteer many years ago at the House of Charity in their winter sleeping program. That was his favorite charity. Those that wish to, may send a memorial in his name to The House of Charity, P.O. Box 2253, Spokane, WA. 99210. At his request, there will be a private graveside service for the family. Please visit Bob’s on-line memorial page at to leave a message of condolence.