Robert (Bob) Charles Simonsen has come to live with us at Caring House. We’re honored.
Bob was born in Long Beach, CA, the youngest of three children of Charles and Joan Simonsen (who had emigrated from England). He grew up in Long Beach.
Bob served in the U.S. Air Force, and was based at Griffiss Air Force Base in Rome, NY.
He taught school for 35 years, primarily junior high mathematics. He never married — he always considered his students his “children.”
Bob’s sister Thelma shared that Bob was a beautiful baby, blond with big brown eyes. As a little boy, he loved to wear hats — his favorite was a leather airman cap with ear flaps.
He loves avocados and tomatoes, and ranch dressing on anything. His favorite dinner is turkey with mashed potatoes and gravy. Lots of gravy.
Bob doesn’t watch much TV, and would rather read. He’s had a weakness, however, for Frasier, The Big Bang Theory and Joel Osteen. He also loves listening to classical music.
He has a deep interest in World War II history, and DVDs of Sink the Bismarck, Tora Tora Tora and The Train are favorites. He loves analyzing naval battles. And his heroes are Albert Einstein, Winston Churchill and Harry S Truman.
He’s interested in anything relating to numbers, and glad to explain (in detail) how math played a major role in important events.
Thelma shared that Bob adopted a Spartan way of life while putting himself through college. He continued that lifestyle so that he could give to others.
We’re glad that Bob is with us at Caring House and look forward to caring for this gentle man.
Bob died on May 28, 2017. Honor him. Remember him.