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Obituary: Weldon, Bob

WELDON, Bob (Age 79) Bob joined God in Heaven while holding his daughters’ hands on February 2, 2014, one day after his 79th birthday.

He was born and raised in Evanston, Illinois where he graduated from New Trier High School.

Following his brother’s lead, Bob attended University of Colorado, Boulder, where he pledged the Kappa Sigma Fraternity.

While majoring in Economics, Bob enjoyed music, singing and theater where he often shared the stage with fraternity brother, Robert Redford.

In 1955 Bob was chosen Homecoming King alongside Carol Clark, the Homecoming Queen, and they married in 1956.

He worked for United States Steel Corporation in Sales for 30 years, achieving a Master of Economics degree from Gonzaga University along the way.

Utilizing his Masters he taught business, economics and sales at Gonzaga and was very involved in the Big Brothers Big Sisters program in Spokane.

In 1980, Bob married Caryl Skoglund and they were together 20 years residing mainly on the Central California Coast.

Upon retirement, he founded his travel company “Victoria Tours” where he organized and chaperoned golf tours from Victoria Canada to Manzanillo Mexico and in-between.

He loved to give back and one of his tours included a tour for the blind.

He was a long time member of Plymouth Congregational Church in Spokane, WA, then a member of First Baptist Church in San Luis Obispo, CA.

He enjoyed singing in the church choir and performing solos.

True blessings were the many times he sang “The Lord’s Prayer” acappela at weddings of family and friends.

A legacy he left to the church was developing a mentoring program for adolescents in need.

Some of his favorite activities were swimming, golf and travel - he lived in Greece for six months.

Support of First Tee and teaching youth life lessons through golf was very important to him.

He was patriotic with a strong love for the history of America and George Washington.

Bob was gregarious, believed in the power of positive thinking, cherished close friendships and loved people.

A favorite family memory is dad driving down the sunny 101 Highway in his convertible with the top down exclaiming “just another day in paradise!

“, his bulldog Elvis by his side.

Bob is survived by his brother, Don Weldon (wife June) and their three children Mark, Dana, Jack and their families; his daughter Debbie Shwetz (husband Lenny), his daughter Lisa Marks (husband Gary); his son Clark Weldon and his grandchildren Jenna and Jason Barber, and Cambrie and Trevor Marks.

We would like to extend heartfelt gratitude to the staff at Touchmark and Hospice of Spokane for their genuine care and concern.

A private family celebration of life will be held this spring at Avila Beach, CA.

In lieu of flowers, the family would appreciate any memorial tributes be made to Hospice of Spokane, in memory of Robert Weldon, at PO Box 2215, Spokane, WA 99210 or Big Brothers Big Sisters of Spokane, 222 W. Mission, Spokane, WA 99201.

He will be remembered with love and for all the joy he brought us.

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