Went to be with the Lord on February 6, 2014, at his home with his children present.
Attended J.J. Browne School and North Central H.S.
Joined the US Navy in Aug. 1943.
Trained at Farragut and served as a gunner aboard Liberty ships that took him around the world during WWII.
He received an honorable discharge in December 1945.
In early 1946, while attending trade school, Bob met Vernita.
They married November 1947 and were married for 50 years.
Vernita passed away in May, 1998.
They had five children.
He retired from Prudential Distributors after working in the electronics industry his whole career.
During that time Bob played fast pitch softball for many years, mostly with the Maxwell House Tavern team.
In 1983, he was inducted into the Inland Empire Softball Hall of Fame.
In 2013 he was honored with the 50’s Team of the Decade - Rainier.
Also, he played for the Spokane Old-timers with the original teams to play snowshoe softball at Priest Lake.
Dad had a lifelong love of music, playing piano, guitar, mandolin, and even some banjo, mostly at family functions and fiddle contests.
He enjoyed several trips to the National Old-time Fiddlers Contest in Weiser, ID.
Another pastime he enjoyed was dancing at the Eagles, VFW and DAV, where he met his sweetheart of 13 years, Marjorie Luiten.
Bob and Marge shared their companionship, family, friends, two cockatiels, and special dog, Prince.
Preceded in death by his parents, wife Vernita, brother Bill, five sisters, Marcella, Irene, Velva Gay, Lois and Joanne, an infant daughter Violet, a granddaughter Robin, and daughter-in-law Lisa.
Survived by one sister, Marjorie Shaw of Newport, WA, children Rodney (Diane), Darlene (Brent) Kimball, Tammy (Mark) Breithaupt, Tim (Kathy), Sheri (Dean) Bickelhaupt; 11 grandchildren, 21 great-grandchildren and numerous nieces and nephews.
Thanks to Horizon Hospice especially Ray and Jeff.
A memorial service will be held Saturday, February 22, 2014 at 1PM at the Sunset Chapel, Fairmount Memorial Park, 5200 W. Wellesley.
Reception to follow at the Knights of Columbus.
The family suggests memorial contributions be made to the Inland Empire Hall of Fame Scholarship Fund or the Wounded Warrior Project.
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