Bob - WA8BOT Memorial

Robert William Spaith Sr. - April 21, 1936 - February 12, 2015

 

This shot of Bob was taken during HamVention 2008

 

According to Susan Larson, Bob's oldest daughter: "I'm sorry to tell you this but dad died of a massive heart attack on February 12."

 

This shot is from HamVention 2012...

 

According to Jude, another of Bob's daughters (edited):  "I'm so sorry to leave you all wondering about this sad news.

We are 3 broken adult children over here trying to...survive and take care of my dads life and follow his wishes as best we can.

Dad died of a massive heart attack around 6:40 AM on 2/12/15.  The police and ambulance arrived within minutes of him calling 911 and they were not able to revive him.

I am here (Dayton) from Washington with my brother and sister from Illinois.  We turned this house upside down looking for some sort of pre arranged funeral arrangements for him.  That we had all heard different  versions of over the years but no one really knew for sure.  His sister was adamant that he had made such arrangements because she remembers him trying to convince her to do it as well.

His bleak wishes of no funeral, wake or showing or service of any kind, plain wooden box in an unmarked grave - was interpreted and acted out as follows by his grieving children and beloved sister.

We got him a beautiful wooden casket, a funeral plot right next to his mother and father, my grandparents.  He lays next to his father.  We got him a military headstone as his time in the service was something he was  very proud of.  My brother will get a flag in his honor.  There was no funeral but I did go the funeral home to say goodbye to him.  I got to see him and touch his hands and face and kiss him goodbye.

I put pictures and mementos in his casket and notes in his pocket.

I went to his graveside with roses to see that he was laid to rest properly and with dignity.  Hes in a beautiful spot.  I'm pretty sure he thinks we did good. 

We are still working on the obituary.

We have written and lost it twice now because we are doing it on my phone!

We are not the tech savvy adults youd think Bobs kids would've grown up to be.  You can only IMAGINE how lost we are.  its like being lost on the Star Trek Enterprise over here..

Please feel free to pass this email along to friends or email lists or however you feel best about breaking the news to his friends. 

WA8BOT

over and out........"

 

Here are couple of shots of Bob when he was in the service

 

 

 

We think this is an old set of computers taken when Bob was in the Philippines...

 

Jude says: "The wedding picture is my mom and dad."

 

 

Bob's first ham radio set up...

 

 

During the Gathering Of The Faithful from HamVention 2012...

 

According to Keith - WA8ZWJ "Back in the day Bob owned the Frisch's Restaurant in Trotwood where a number of us frequented.  He always brought a fresh strawberry pie or two to the Gathering.  Because of that we nicknamed him The Big Boy!

RIP my friend!"

 

 

During the Gathering Of The Faithful from HamVention 2012...

 

Here's a link to the obituary where you can pass along any comments to the family...

http://www.adkinsfunerals.com/m/obituaries/Robert-Spaith/Memories

 

73's Bob!

 

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Susan has sent along some additional photos...

 

From 1987 with his first grandson...

 

From 1990 with second grandson...

 

This shot is from around 1995...

 

This is a rare shot as Bob was afraid of heights...

 

Bob and Susan in 1998...

 

Susan says "This is a picture of my brother Robert and I in front of dads house the day we left for home."