Bob passed away peacefully surrounded by his family after becoming ill shortly after returning from a wonderful family cruise to Alaska. Bob was born on Christmas Eve to Clara and Melvin Caldwell, at the family home in South Dakota. Since the house was across the street from the church, his mom could could still hear Christmas mass. As a teenager, his family relocated to San Jose where Bob graduated from Lincoln High school at the age of 17. He attended San Jose City College and San Jose State and continued his studies after he hired on with IBM. In 1961 when mutual friends chartered a bus to a 49er football game at Kezar stadium, Bob and Lori were each invited. With the help of matchmakers, they ended up sitting together, and Bob was smitten. Lori was the love of his life, and they were married the following year. Bob was a devoted family man and loved participating in his children's sports. He coached his son's Little League and his daughter's Bobby Sox teams, and enjoyed attending all of their extra curricular activities. There were plenty of fun times traveling with the motor home, and also vacationing at their cabin at Lake Tahoe. In 1991, after a 35 year IBM career as a Mechanical Engineer, Bob retired, which allowed more time together; just Lori and Bob. They pursued their passion for touring, and visited various destinations by RV, Air, Ship, and Car. Bob's witty sense of humor was just one of his attributes, and they easily formed lifelong friendships. He even created his own lunch group of IBM retirees and for years, they met monthly to catch up. He and Lori enjoyed years of family laughter and fun, and created a lifetime of memories. One of their very favorite destinations was Cabo San Lucas where they had a timeshare. It was there that they celebrated their 50th wedding anniversary. Bob was the seventh, of ten siblings. His brothers Chuck, Dick, and Jerry, and sisters Clarice, Elaine, and Mary Jo preceded him in passing. He is survived by sisters, Joan Gryadon and Dolores Guardino, brother Joey Caldwell and many nieces and nephews. Bob leaves behind his devoted wife of 57 years, his precious daughter, Cheri (Leon), loving son, Tim (Ruby), and grandchildren, Michael and Andrea. He also leaves behind treasured friends, neighbors and his loving dog Coco. A memorial service will be held at Darling Fisher, Chapel of the Hills located at 615 N. Santa Cruz Ave, Los Gatos 95030 at 130pm on August 26th. In lieu of flowers, please consider a donation to the Alzheimer's Association or a charity of your choice.
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