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1941 - 2017 Obituary Condolences

JULY 10, 1941-SEPTEMBER 6, 2017

They say that just by looking at some people you can tell they are a good person. Our brother Bobby was one of those people. He had a heart of gold.

Our big brother was protective of all of us. He was always there whenever we needed him (aunts, uncles, his children and siblings). We trusted him and looked up to him. In many ways, he was a second father to us. His caring and loving nature had a positive impact on our lives. He saw only the good in others. Because of him, we are who we are today.

His wife, children and grandchildren were his world. In his final days he asked for each one of them and talked about them so lovingly. When asked how many children he had, he always answered, four. He is the father of two sons and one daughter. One of his daughters passed away when she was an infant. He never stopped missing her.

Another reason we respected our brother Bobby was that he had a lifelong career at the Nevada Test Site. He was also a loyal member of the Plumbers and Pipe Fitters Union and served on the E-board.

Bobby enjoyed classic cars. He was especially proud of his classic truck that he and his sons rebuilt. He also loved classic rock n' roll music from the 1950's and 1960's. A few of his favorite songs were "409/Little Deuce Coupe", "Smoke Gets In Your Eyes" and "In the Still of the Night."

Aunts and uncles unapologetically would tell us, "Bobby is our favorite." We would respond with a smile because we knew it was rightfully so! As children we always felt safe when he was near. Although he married young and started his family, he continued to feel responsible for us.

Memories from sister May:
"Bobby was my big brother. He protected us and shielded us from the outside world. He had a strong commitment to family values and taught us by example. In the early years, I was a young mother and we lived in the same apartment complex. He often called upon us to see if we were ok and many times offered to help with cash or left bags of groceries on our kitchen table. His devotion to our mama was so very touching. As she became older and was living alone he would always check up on her. It was the highlight of her day when he would call out from the front door, 'You alright Mama?' And Mama remembered it with a sunshine filled smile! She was proud of her eldest son. And so am I."

Memories from sister Evangelina:
"My brother Bobby was a man of few words. He spoke from the heart whenever you were able to have time with him. I cherished our conversations and our time spent when we visited. As a teenager he also helped our mother with all of us younger ones to be sure we were kept in line. He grew up to be a great family man and provider and led a good life. I will always think of him highly and I will always miss him."

Memories from brother Raymond:
"My brother Bobby was the perfect big brother. He took me on my first fishing trip and taught me how to shoot a rifle. He also took me to my first James Bond movie. He was strong and brave, I will always miss him."

Memories from sister Via:
"Our big brother was a safe haven. He had an abundance of strength that we could draw from. He absorbed pain for us all. Never complaining, never taking, only giving. He was strong, silent and genuine, and we basked in his goodness. He had the most beautiful heart I have ever known. My brother was generous, always offering to pay for every celebration and gathering. Most importantly, he always made us feel loved and valued. He was a wonderful Godfather to my daughter. We will be lost without him. Losing him left a hole in our hearts. I miss the sound of his voice and the sound of his laugh. Most of all, I miss hearing him call me "Sis".

His beauty will be missed. He is gone, and with him, he has taken part of our hearts. Our family will never be the same. We will be forever grateful for our time with him, for his love, loyalty, generosity and protection. A brother like no other; we will always remember your beautiful heart of gold.

Your brother Raymond and sisters May, Evangelina and Via

-"The Broken Chain" by Ron Tranmer
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