Robert "Bob" Lee Key

January 9, 1933 ~ September 6, 2019 (age 86)


Robert Lee Key (aka Bob) passed away peacefully at home in Santa Rosa, California after being surrounded by family on Friday September 6th, 2019 at 86 years young. Born January 9th, 1933 to Joe Fred Key and Vera Lucille Brashear Key in the small farming town of Wichita Falls, Texas. He was all boy, climbing trees and running with sticks. Bob joined the Navy after high school graduation, where he met many lifelong friends; to include Totsie (best friend 'til the end) and Robert Harris (future brother-in-law). After a 4-year enlistment traveling the seas aboard the USS Patapsco AOG-1, having adventures and making memories, he followed his friend Robert Harris to Yountville, California to work on a family owned dairy ranch. His decision led him to meet the love of his life, Elin Carolina Appeltofft. They married on August 11th, 1957 on a lovely warm summer day in the garden of Elin’s family ranch. Together Bob and Elin had two boys, Steve and Dan, mischievous as their father. His mother, beautiful inside and out, passed away far too young. His father remarried to Margret who loved and treated Bob as her own. Joe and Margret had a daughter together, Judy Beach. Grandfather to his “favorite” (and only) grandchildren, Jennifer and Stephen, born to Steve and Angie. Great Pa’Paw to “little rascals” Caden and Stetson. Bob and Elin shared a love of traveling by land and sea, together visiting nearly every one of our unique States, seeing and making friends along the way. They relished in all things western and loved the Native American culture, cowboy boots and hat were a part of his daily attire. Bob and Elin joyfully attended and hosted countless family functions; memories untouched. Bob retired from the Department of Agriculture, a labor of love he never ceased to enjoy. Later in life he worked for Manly Ford, driving new vehicles to their final destination. He found peace cruising the scenic California roads lined with crops, animals and ever-changing landscape. Bob will be remembered for his quick-witted humor, a traveler and cowboy at heart and his cautious yet up for anything attitude towards life. Happily married for 62 years, loved and treasured by many, never forgotten. Rest In Peace, Fair to Middlin.

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