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Robert Wesley Colldeweih

December 5, 1931 - November 24, 2016

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Robert Wesley Colldeweih
12/5/1931 - 11/24/2016
In loving memory of Robert Wesley Colldeweih who passed away November 24, 2016 in Sacramento, CA at the age of 84. He is survived by his brother Jack (Kay), his brother-in-law George Vieths, his children William (Theresa), Cynthia (Ray), and grandchildren Aaron (Rachael) and Brandon, as well as numerous beloved nieces and nephews.
Robert was born December 5, 1931 in French Camp, CA to Clarence and Chloe Colldeweih, a descendant of German and Danish immigrants. He grew up in Manteca with his two younger siblings, Jack and Carol....

Robert Wesley Colldeweih
12/5/1931 - 11/24/2016
In loving memory of Robert Wesley Colldeweih who passed away November 24, 2016 in Sacramento, CA at the age of 84. He is survived by his brother Jack (Kay), his brother-in-law George Vieths, his children William (Theresa), Cynthia (Ray), and grandchildren Aaron (Rachael) and Brandon, as well as numerous beloved nieces and nephews.
Robert was born December 5, 1931 in French Camp, CA to Clarence and Chloe Colldeweih, a descendant of German and Danish immigrants. He grew up in Manteca with his two younger siblings, Jack and Carol. After graduating from Manteca High School, he enlisted in the Navy during the Korean Conflict, serving from 1950-1954. He spent most of his enlistment at N.A.S. Barbers Point, Hawaii, receiving the rank of 1st Class Petty Officer. He was lucky enough to be stationed there with 2 of his closest friends from childhood.
Robert and his Dutch bride, Janke Koorda, a telephone operator in Sacramento, married Oct. 4, 1956 in Yreka, CA and celebrated 54 years of marriage in 2011. They settled in Sacramento to work and raise a family. They rented their first apartment together behind the Turn Verein from Max Baer, who also lived around the corner.
After leaving the Navy, he entered a 4-year apprenticeship and finished a 16-month Federal Government job training, then went to work as an Electronics Technician, working in radar towers in 1960s for the Federal Government based out of McClellan AFB. He travelled and worked on various sites up and down the west coast. In 1974, he started work with the FAA at Mather AFB, again working with radar. During that time, he also earned a lifetime Radiotelephone Operator's License. He worked for several months on Anderson AFB in Guam in 1987, having many island adventures with Janke. He took a couple 6 week assignments in Port Angeles, WA, taking Cindy with them for 6 weeks after her college graduation, making lasting memories. Bill was busy at that time starting his own family.
In 1989, he took a remote position at Mica Peak, near Spokane, WA, where he and Janke explored Washington and Idaho, and he retired from in 1993 with 42 years and 9 months of service. He also certified that radar equipment was working, during his career, whenever there was a plane crash. His family saw him come and go at all hours of the day and night, working to keep us all safe.
He took his adventurous bride and young family travelling with him while working in various locations, including, Las Vegas, Patterson, NJ, Glasgow and Miles City, MT, Philadelphia, PA, and Aurora, CO. In Colorado, they made friends with members of the Nova Scotia Hockey team, who lived in the same apartment building. They helped Bob teach Bill and Cindy how to ice skate. He also taught at the FAA Academy in Oklahoma City. He was one of the Go To guys in the FAA electronics and radar community.
He and Janke loved to travel, and took trips to New York City, Boston, New Jersey, Arizona, Washington D.C., Hawaii, Japan, Holland, Switzerland, Germany, and Austria. He was lucky to have married such an adventurous wife, who was always highly amused when ever anything unusual or unpredictable happened.
He had many passions, including family, kids, grandkids, big family holiday gatherings, riding horses on the ranch with his brother-in-law in Yreka, CA, spending fun times raising his kids with his lifelong friends and their families, making wine, travel in the U.S. and abroad, genealogy, 49ers football, old trains, and tinkering with things that didn't work. He could fix anything.
He never missed school functions or sporting events that his children and grandchildren participated in throughout their school years. He spent countless hours exploring his family heritage with his daughter Cindy. As a faithful fan of the 49er's football team, he attended and watched many games. After retirement, he became a docent at the California Railroad Museum in Old Sacramento, giving tours to other train enthusiasts young and old. His favorite thing was watching the young children's faces light up around the trains.
He was an intelligent, fun, caring, compassionate, devoted husband, father, grandfather, uncle, and friend, but most of all, he was a loving man who will be greatly missed by all who knew him.