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Feb. 2, 1930 — March 26, 2016 Bob died quietly in his Oregon home at the age of 86 after a brief hospice period. Born in Kansas, Bob later moved with his family to Illinois. After graduating from McLeansboro High School, Bob enlisted in the U.S. Navy. He served aboard the submarine USS Pomodon during the Korean War and was awarded an honorable discharge at the San Francisco Receiving Station in 1953 with the rank of ET 1 SS. Bob stayed in the Bay Area to begin his professional carrier in the electronics industry. He was employed by Eimac Tubes, Litton Industries, and R&W Products, and then started his own business, Service Industries. He retired after being self-employed for 25 years. Bob was a member of the Northern California Chapter of Electronic Representatives Association (ERA) and served a term as the chapter president. During retirement, Bob’s accomplishments included the invention of “Petie the Raindrop.” He wrote and illustrated 43 children’s books telling tales of Petie’s adventures around the United States. Bob is survived by Ruth, his long-time friend and wife of eight years, and sister, Bearnice Ellis, McLeansboro. Please share your thoughts and memories for the family at www.demossdurdan.com.
Published on  April 14, 2016
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