2015-02-26 / Obituaries

Bob Kingman

Our beloved husband, father and grandfather, Bob Kingman, passed away Feb. 11, 2015 after battling pulmonary disease. He was 87 years young and truly led a full, active life.

Born on Nov. 13, 1927 in New York, N.Y., his family moved to California in the early 1940s. He graduated from Oakland Technical High School in 1946 and joined the Army one month later and was shipped off to Japan where he served until honorably discharged with the rank of sergeant.

Shortly thereafter he fell in love and married his wife, Maryanna. Bob went to work for Lockheed Missiles & Space Company as an engineer/draftsman and then two daughters were born to the couple in San Jose, where they made their first home. While touring the area, the young couple fell in love with Greeley Hill and bought property there in 1959, planning to build and retire there someday.

The couple traveled back and forth for weekend trips until 1972, when the family grew tired of city life. So they moved to Greeley Hill permanently and Bob began his career in real estate. He started out with Schutt Realty in Greeley Hill, then became the United Farm Agency representative in Coulterville, setting up his office in the Octagon building that today still stands. After obtaining his real estate broker’s license, he bought and moved a red caboose from a scrap metal yard in Sacramento to its present location and it became the home of Coulterville Realty from 1974 until his retirement in 1994.

Bob was a charter member of the Mariposa County Board of Realtors and even made a run for county supervisor in 1975. He was a member of the Coulterville Volunteer Fire Department for more than 25 years and helped build the current firehouse.

Bob was also a founding member of the Northern Mariposa County History Center and was a partner and owner of the Hotel Jeffery back in the 1980s.

Bob loved to fly. After his retirement, he completed his flight training with CFI Theran Balmain and got his private pilot’s license. Later trading a piece of property in Alaska for his Piper Warrior, he and Maryanna took to the skies. A few years later they became founding members of the Central Valley Squadron of the Confederate Air Force in Modesto.

Bob and Maryanna traveled several times across the United States in their motor home, when oldest daughter Lisa bore their two grandsons. Bob was quite the carpenter and he spent many happy days building toys for the two young boys.

His passing leaves a gaping hole in his family’s lives as he was their rock. He is survived by his loving wife of 62 years, Maryanna, daughter Lisa Kingman, of Santa Cruz and daughter Sharon (Tom) Coolidge, of Greeley Hill, and his grandsons Evan Baird of San Francisco and Graham Baird of Merced.

A celebration of his wonderful life is being planned at the Greeley Hill Community Hall for Saturday, March 28 from 2 to 5 p.m. It will be a potluck dessert gathering as Bob always wanted dessert first.

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