Monday, Jul 30 2012 09:45 AM

Robert "Bob" Allen Gassaway, 1933 -- 2012

Robert "Bob" Allen Gassaway

1933 -- 2012

Robert Allen Gassaway was born in Van Buren, Mo., on Jan. 10, 1933. Bob moved to the Bakersfield area when he was five years old and finally settled in Tehachapi. He graduated from Tehachapi High School in 1950.

He proudly served his country for four years in the United States Navy as a navigator on the USS Pittsburgh, a heavy cruiser during the Korean War. Robert received three Medals of Honor during his service. He was a Quartermaster 2nd Class. Later, Bob spent 15 years working for the California Department of Corrections at the California Correctional Institution (CCI) as a Sergeant. After leaving the Institution, Bob purchased the Farmers Supply Company, which he owned for several years before retiring permanently.

Bob loved the outdoors, hunting and fishing. He was a member of the Lodge #313 of the Free and Accepted Masons. He also served as a Rainbow Dad for the local Rainbow Girls assembly.

Robert (Bob) Gassaway is survived by his wife, Marybelle; his children, Dianna Brooks, Suzanna Young, Marianne Caryle, and Carolanne Bauman; his two brothers, Jack and Jerry Gassaway; and his mother, Mary, who is 96 years old. He is also survived by ten grandchildren and ten great-grandchildren, nieces, nephews; and his dog, Candy.

Not a day goes by that we don't think of you. You are dearly loved by all of us, but we know you are in a better place now.

A graveside service was conducted at Greenlawn Memorial Park in Bakersfield on Wednesday, July 25. In lieu of flowers, donations in Bob's memory may be made to the Masonic Lodge #313 F&AM or Mountain Bible Church.

Wood Family Funeral Service, Inc. was entrusted with his care.

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