Thursday, August 27, 2009

Gary Phillip Robers~Rest In Peace

Gary Phillip Robers

“Don’t be sad because it’s over, be happy because it happened.”

Gary lost his battle with cancer on Wednesday evening. He was diagnosed with lung cancer on June 21st, 2009 and nearly 2 months later lost his battle. Everything has happened so quickly and took us by surprise.

Last Friday evening Marsha was bitten by the dog. It was a bad puncture wound and Gwenett took her to urgent care a few days later due to infection. They gave her antibiotics through an IV and sent her home with pain meds and strict orders to elevate and stay off her foot. Gary was home on hospice at this time and hospice felt putting him in a convalescent home for a few days was the best decision to give her foot time to heal. Tuesday afternoon they picked him up and took him to the home. Marsha & Gwenett were there for the afternoon on Wednesday and Grant went straight there after work. Grant got to say Goodbye and have his “moment” with his Father assuring him Marsha would be cared for and everyone would be okay. Grant kissed his father goodbye and told him that he loved him. Grant went to see Marsha after his visit and was there when she got the call. Half hour after Grant left Gary passed away. We are so glad he’s at peace now and no longer in pain.

Gary was born in Cleveland, Ohio July 2, 1945 to Gene & Pearle Robers. Gary was the middle son, Gordon is his older brother and Greg is his younger brother. Gary & Marsha just celebrated their 31st wedding anniversary in June! They have 2 beautiful children, Gwenett & Grant.

Baby Gary Phillip Robers....So Cute :)

Robers Family Photo in 1950

The GPR Men...Gordon Paul, Gary Phillip, Gregory Patrick & Gene Paul....

Robers Family Photo....Greg, Pearle, Gene, Gary & Gordon

He was such a handsome teenager

Boar hunting in 1974 with Gordon

Gary was always such a snazzy dresser

Gary was the devil and Marsha was a pregnant Nun LOL

Gary was always fashionable with nice jewelry....Gary Glitter :)

Pearle and her boys on a cruise to Alaska

Gary loved Marsha with every ounce of his being. They were truly soul mates :) The past few weeks he said some really sweet, loving things to her and its just makes me tear up thinking of them. I will keep those memories private for Marsha to share if she would like.

Gary & Marsha on their Wedding Day June 10, 1978

My Favorite Couple May 26, 2007

Having Fun at Senior Frogs in Mazatlan

The Robers Family :)

Gary's Beautiful Family

Gary was a wonderful father. He was always there for us whenever we needed him. Grant and his favorite activity was to crack open a beer and watch golf. He could give you all the stats on golf and could talk about Tiger Woods & Jack Nicklaus forever. Gwenett was a Daddy’s Girl! He was so proud of her following her dreams and becoming a teacher, he loved walking her down the aisle on her wedding day and you couldn't wipe the smile off his face when she had his Grandchildren :) Gary enjoyed spending time with his children whether he was at a baseball game or just BBQing some steaks in the back yard. Gwenett & Grant both have wonderful qualities that Gary gave them and they will surely pass on to their children.

Jacob, Gavin & Mia couldn’t have asked for a better Grandpa! He loved spending time with them and he was putty in their hands. When Jacob & Mia came into this world Gary’s newest and most rewarding job was caring for them daily while their parents were at work. He let them eat what they wanted and play in the dirt and would give Gwenett daily reports on sleeping, eating and dirty diapers. Every time the kids walked in the room his face would just light up. Even during the past few months when he was in a altered state when one of the kids walked in to say Hi he would sit up a little straighter and get that sweet Grandpa voice that he talked to them in. When Gavin was born 3 months early and couldn’t leave the house for a few months after he got out of the hospital, Gary would stop by every chance he got to see his grandson. It makes me sad that he won’t get to see them grow up and tell him stories of war and the “good old days” but I know he’s watching over them and we will keep his memories alive. I told Marsha that now I don’t know who’s going to tell the boys their first dirty joke and Gavin out of nowhere started laughing so we decided he must have already told them LOL Gavin will proudly carry on the tradition of the GPR initials and make his Grandpa proud.

Gary with his first Grandson Jacob

Sleeping Jacob on Grandpa's Shoulder

Jacob & his Grandparents in Mazatlan

Grandpa & Jacob

Grandpa's First Time Holding Gavin

Proud Grandparents with their Miracle Preemie

Gavin's First Birthday

Gary was telling Gavin about all the cool cars he used to have!

Holding his Granddaughter Mia for the first time.....they're in love :)

I will post more pictures with Mia when her Mama sends me some :)

I couldn’t have asked for a better Father in Law. He was always a phone call away and made me feel like part of the family the moment I met him. He would fill my inbox with senior citizen, political & dirty jokes to ensure my work day would pass a little faster with some comedy. He took me to the hospital when I had Gavin and let me spend hours holding my son. I thought he would be in a hurry to get home (since it was prime time traffic and we had to take the 91) but he didn’t rush me at all and told me to hold on to and love the little guy as long as the nurses would let me.

Robers Family Photo at our wedding in Mazatlan

The GPR's on Thanksgiving 2008

Our Traditional Family Photo on Easter 2009

This was in March for Grandma's 92nd Birthday in Long Beach

Everyone will tell you that he was an amazing friend. So many people came to visit once they heard he was sick. He made so many lifelong friends and has touched so many people. The stories they have been telling us are hilarious, he was a wild guy growing up….Marsha told me that all those “late nights” are making more sense now LOL Gary had so many friends that he had "a guy" for repairs, fencing, air conditioning repair, he always said call "my guy". I loved that about him.

Gary proudly served in the United States Air Force. He served in Vietnam and if you ever have some extra time you should look at all the letters he sent his Mom while he was serving our country overseas. They are amazing to read :) He has been a member of the VFW in Riverside for many years and proudly volunteered for bingo on Sundays and many other functions. He also served on the Honor Guard and performed the folding of the flag at over 400 funerals for military personnel.

Grandpa, Gavin & Grant at the Veteran's Parade

He was so Handsome & Charming, I can see why Marsha fell in Love with him

Gary we Miss You more with every passing moment and will honor your life and cherish every memory until we meet again xoxoxoxo

I want to Thank everyone for all of the flowers, prayers and love you have sent us for the past 3 months, we are so Blessed to have all of our dear family & friends in our lives. If you would like to leave Marsha or the family a message please leave a comment on this blog and they will be read.

The Memorial Services are Monday August 31, 2009

Arlington Memorial
9645 Magnolia Avenue
Riverside, CA 92503

Riverside National Cemetary
22495 Van Buren Blvd
March AFB, CA 92518

Celebration of Life immediately following
VFW Post 9223
10303 Arlington Ave
Riverside, CA 92505

U.S. Air Force Off we go, into the wild blue yonder, Climbing high into the sun. Here they come zooming to meet our thunder, At 'em boys, give 'er the gun. Down we dive, spouting our flame from under, Off with one hell-uv-a roar! We live in fame or go down in flame, Nothing'll stop the U.S. Air Force. Here's a toast to the host Of those who love the vastness of the sky. To a friend we send a message, Of his brother men who fly. We drink to those who gave their all of old; Then down we roar to score the rainbow's pot of gold. A toast to the host of men we boast, The U.S. Air Force. Minds of men fashioned a crate of thunder, Sent it high into the blue. Hands of men blasted the world asunder, How they lived, God only knew! Souls of men dreaming of skies to conquer Gave us wing, ever to soar. With scouts before and bombers galore, Nothing'll stop the U.S. Air Force

Wednesday, August 12, 2009

Beautiful Yosemite

We left Sunday morning and headed to Yosemite for 4 relaxing nights of vacation. I Love Yosemite it's Amazingly Beautiful!

Half Dome isn't is Spectacular?

Our Happy Little Camper

Gavin's Favorite Activity of the Week

Gavin, Grandpa & Grandma

My Boys....

Grant hiking at Upper and Lower Yosemite Falls....about to run dry.

The Squirrels were crazy they were eating/stealing all our food and one jumped on Grant's leg when he tried to take a picture LOL

Gavin Loved playing in the dirt...his fingernails were disgusting by the end of our stay...Thank God for baby wipes LOL

The tent was too hot to sleep in so I put 2 chairs together :)

Playing with a stick in the creek by our camp site...He loves sticks

I Love Them

We rode our bikes to Mirror Lake

Little Feet in the Creek


Look at the camera Gavin

Gavin loved playing with the sticks in the water

Family Photo

The Meadows were so Beautiful, we kept looking for deer :)

Of course Grant still managed to find his Fat Tire Beer in the woods LOL

Climbing a tree....after the beer of course HAHAHA

Ready to go rafting Gavin

Half Dome Behind Dad's Dome

Smile Gavin

Trying to find good skipping rocks

Tough Guy Gavin with his stick LOL

Burrrrr My Polar Bear HAHAHA

We went on a Wonderful Two Hour Tour of the Valley Floor. Here's Gavin all ready for the tour....waiting to see a deer LOL

El Capitan...There were several groups of rock climbers that looked like little ants. The tour guide pointed them all out.

I have to zoom big time to kinda see them, I don't know how the driver saw them

Finally we saw a deer running through the meadow....

This Meadow was so Beautiful, I could've sat here all day.....

Shalyn and Grant standing on a tree K*I*S*S*I*N*G Just Kidding

There's a huge tunnel that goes through one the of mountains, this is the view once you get out. Of course it's called Tunnel View....

Smile....Another Family Pic

Ahwahnne Hotel...I would love to stay here one day. Grandpa & Gavin fighting with sticks of course HAHA Why do we spend money on toys? LOL

We had a Wonderful Trip! Biking, Hiking, name it, we did it. If you've never been to Yosemite, plan a trip it's so much fun for the entire family. You can rent bikes and rafts there if you don't own them. For you nature photographers out there you won't find a more beautiful place....the possibilities are endless. Reservations are usually gone within 10 minutes of going on sale and you have to make them 6 months to the day you arrive. You should definitely have a campground and spot in mind when you go online to make your reservations. We stayed in Upper Pines this time but want to stay in Lower Pines next time, next to the creek or meadow. We arrived on Sunday and there was not a long line to enter the park but when we left on Thursday the long was at least 2 miles long so I recommend going on a weekday if possible. Bring your hiking shoes, it's so dirty that I didn't even wear my flip flops, we all wore our Nike's the entire time. Gavin Loves being outdoors and slept better in the tent then he did at home (seriously I don't know how it's soooo loud). I can't wait to go back, hopefully next time the whole family can join us! Now I'm sad to say it's time to get Back to Work and Back to Reality :(