Of Canyonville, Oregon, passed away after a brief illness on Thursday, July 3, 2014. Born in 1938, Bob grew up in the Central Valley area before serving his country in the Air Force and Army as a chef. It was during his service in Great Falls, Montana that he met the love of his life, Jean. Bob and Jean married in 1961, settled in the Lodi area, and raised five daughters. An expert mechanic and skilled welder, Bob worked for more than 25 years at Claude C. Wood, Co., then at Johnson Construction and California Waste, before retiring to Canyonville, Oregon. His military training as a chef served him well when cooking for his large extended family, and for fundraising dinners for local charities, where his home-made grill equipment served up countless plates of steaks, oysters, roast beef and cioppino. As a founding board member of the Hanot Foundation, Bob helped to break ground on the first of several residential buildings for developmentally disabled adults. A member of St. Joachim’s Catholic Church, Bob shared his tenor voice while singing with the church choir. A true “Native Californian,” Bob took pride in his Pomo heritage and was an enrolled member of the Round Valley Indian Tribes. Bob loved classic and hot-rod cars, football, books, golf and good food, but found the most joy in the company of friends and family.
Bob was preceded in death by his wife of 50 years, Jean, parents Robert “Wit” and Edythe Whitemore, sisters Judy and Lila, uncles Wes, Howard, and Judd, and close friend Albert Warmerdam. Bob leaves behind daughters Suzanne, Erin, Shannon, Lane and Alison; grandsons Hunter, Wyatt, Nalen and Mason; sons-in-law, Kyle, Craig, Brad and Jay; brothers Steve and Tom; several nieces, nephews and cousins; and countless friends. The world was a brighter place while Bob was in it.
Bob’s daughters thank the medical professionals and staff at Mercy Hospital, the Community Cancer Center, DaVita Dialysis Center and others who added years to his life through their excellent medical care and kindness. A private gathering of friends and family will be held at Bob’s home on July 9th. In lieu of flowers, donations may be given to the Hanot Foundation, P.O. Box 950, Lockeford, CA 95237.