Vern Robert Eller Jr., “Bob E,” was born July 29, 1944 in Crescent City and passed away at home in Ukiah, surrounded by his loved ones on Nov. 22, 2017. Bob grew up in Crescent City and graduated from Del Norte High School. He received his degree from Santa Rosa JuniorCollege and went on to attend San Jose State.

His 42-year career at Safeway started in Crescent City and went on to San Jose and many years in Ukiah.

Bob was a Tolowa Nation citizen and enjoyed the opportunity to see his granddaughters participate in Tolowa dance demonstrations.

He was notorious for giving people a hard time; he was always goofing around and joking with people and was liked by everyone he met. He was a genuine man who would give the shirt off his back if you needed it, and usually it was a tank top.

He enjoyed hunting, fishing, motorcycle riding, spending time on his jet ski at Lake Mendocino, camping and traveling with his fifth-wheel. He was a hard worker who, with the help of friends was always making home improvements, cutting firewood and working on his vehicles as well as helping others work on theirs.

Bob was a member of the Lions Club and Elks Club of Ukiah. Bob was preceded in death by his parents Barbara and Vern Eller Sr., sister, Janice Eller and nephew, David Malloroy Jr.

Bob is survived by his wife of 52 years, Marsha, children: Todd Eller (Glady), Troy Eller, and Kim (Tillman) Anderson, grandchildren: Rouchann (Rene), Cheyanne (Steven), Aloysa, Brandon (Yuli), Marissa, Gracie, great-grandchildren: Sami, Keeley, Emily, Timothy, Abigail, and Danika, his sister Sharon (Neal) Sligh, nephew Ron (Annette ) Sligh, nieces: Misty Malloroy and Tierzah Sligh, his honorary son, Jack Sturges, one of his many close friends, John Czapkay, and so many more relatives and friends.

He was the best grandpa, father, husband, uncle, brother and friend anyone could have asked for.

Bob’s funeral will be Dec. 2, 2017 at 11 a.m. at Trinity Baptist Church 900 South Dora St., Ukiah. Arrangements under Eversole Mortuary of Ukiah.

— Submitted by family

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