Obituary Notices and Memorials


WALTRIP, Robert Carr
WALTRIP, Robert Carr Age 82, passed away July 6, 2015 at the home of his stepdaughter in Decatur Tenn., after a long courageous battle with multiple types of cancer. Bob was a long-time resident of the Antelope Valley and many simply knew him as 'Bob, from the Townhouse.' Bob was born in Jacksonville (Morgan County) Ill. at the home of musicians Ira and Irene (Carr) Waltrip. His family moved to Calif. in October of 1948 for his father's health. Bob moved to the Antelope Valley in 1980. As a young man, Bob was a bit of a wild child and a free spirit. Bob married multiple times. He loved many, but the tug of youthful endeavors made long term relationships difficult. Young Bob loved travel and adventure, fishing and dancing. Unlike his NASCAR cousins, Bob's love was motorcycles. Bob began to settle down after he went into the Navy in February of 1952. Bob served aboard the USS Catamount and the USS Nobel during the Korean War and earned the Korean Service Medal (3 stars), the United Nations Service Medal, and the National Defense Service Medal. After the service, Bob became a skilled licensed contractor who built custom homes, became a professional landscaper, and was an artisan glass blower. Bob owned several of his own businesses throughout his life, always preferring to work for himself rather than for someone else. Here in the Antelope Valley, Bob spent the last twenty years working as the night manager and maintenance man at the Townhouse Motel in Lancaster, a place he loved and called home. Bob loved the South and took many trips to various Southern states. He finally moved to Tennessee two weeks prior to his death. It may have been short, but it was a dream fulfilled. His last weeks were spent rocking on that Southern Porch overlooking the stream and watching the ducks and animals wander about his step-daughter's farm where he was receiving hospice care from his stepdaughter Elizabeth, a nurse. Bob is survived by his older brother James Waltrip of Big Bear Calif., his common-law wife, Patricia Smith of Palmdale Calif.; daughters,, Kimberly Murray of Florence Mont., Tammy Brooks of Cummings Ga., son Robert Patterson of Glen Avon Calif.; stepdaughters, Elizabeth Weinberg of Decatur Tenn., and Laura Bettencourt of Palmdale Calif. He had numerous grandchildren and great grandchildren and a host of nieces and nephews. He is also survived by his best friends Mike and Kunden Patel who touched his heart and soul and who gave him support and inspiration up to the time of his death. Bob was a friend to everyone and was the kind of person who would give you the shirt off his back if you needed it. He was generous to fault even to his own detriment. He loved many charities, especially the SAVE program in Palmdale. Donations in lieu of flowers should be made to the SAVES program. Funeral services will be private. Bob's wishes were to be cremated and have his ashes placed in his beloved Tennessee River.

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