2012-02-02 / Obituaries

Robert Beattie

Robert Mills Beattie left many beloved family and friends on this earth to join God, his family members and friends in heaven on Jan. 24.

Robert was born in Dinuba on Dec. 13, 1931, but was a bit of a gypsy in his young life, living in many locations throughout California in his childhood, and traveling throughout the U.S. and abroad while he proudly served in the United States Air Force before and during the Korean War.

While working as a journeyman plumber at Newton Plumbing, he met his wife, Ruby (Wass) in Culver City while she waitressed at a local favorite, and it didn’t take long for him to chase her until she caught him. They married in May of 1961. He instantly became the father of three children, and within the year, they added another baby to the clan.

Staying in the Los Angeles area during the 1960’s, Bob became a Mason and also joined the Elks Lodge, becoming a very active life-long Elk. He started his own successful plumbing business, but the gypsy in him kept him moving, until he moved the family to Mariposa in 1973. It was here that he finally found “home” with country living, a slower pace, and the love of the Wass family.

Bob opened his plumbing business in Mariposa and many remember him for his dedication and hard work during those years and Ruby’s catchy slogans in the MARIPOSA GAZETTE such as, “For a good job, call Bob,” or “I’m the man in the big red van.”

He was a storyteller, a tease (especially with the ladies), a prankster, and he always loved a good riddle, play on words, or challenging crossword puzzle. He always made a lasting first impression, liking to introduce himself as “Bob, spelled with one ‘O.’”

He is preceded in death by his mother, Delight F. Chase; brother, Harold; and son-in-law and grandson, Robert and Tom Holt.

He is survived by the love of his life, Ruby; his children, Vicki Brower (Randy), Suzanne Hicks (Gordon), Rick Landy (Terri), and Angela Steele (Joe).

He leaves grandchildren who softened his heart: Jon, Bill, Dede, Derek, Jenna, Jovan and Elizabethand eight great grandchildren.

Bob’s family would like to invite all who knew him to share in a potluck celebration of his life on Saturday, Feb. 11 at noon at the Mariposa Fish and Game Hall.

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