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 everything....car 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
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
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