Robert A. (Bob) Waite

Bob was born in Dawson, Minn., on June 27, 1945. The second born son of Greg and Frances Waite. Bob passed away on Tuesday, October 19, 2021, in Poway, Cal.

Bob worked at the Chetek Alert during high school, mostly setting up type on the linotype machine.

After high school, he did a delayed enlistment in the U.S. Navy. He reported for training in San Diego, Cal., in October 1963. The Navy became his career. He earned his way through the ranks to Master Chief. After earning a degree, he accepted a commission as a warrant officer and retired after 28 years of service as a CWO-3.

In 1966, Bob was deployed to Chu-Lai, Vietnam, serving a one-year tour of duty. In early 1968, Bob was on leave in Chetek. He met Judy Bauer, a young lady from Durand, Wis. After a short engagement, they married. Bob was deployed the same year to the Philippines, serving there until 1971. He returned to the San Diego area, and a few months later he was deployed to the Hawaii. While serving in the Philippines and Hawaii, he became an avid scuba diver. He also served several tours at sea onboard the aircraft carrier USS Kittyhawk.

Bob and his family settled in Poway, Cal. They had three children, Jeffrey, Jennifer and Jill.

Bob took great pride in serving his grateful nation for 28 years. He loved his family, friends, his country, woodworking and late 40s, early 50s Studebaker cars. He owned three Studebakers and enjoyed driving them all over the San Diego area.

After retirement, Bob focused on his woodworking skills, refurbishing antique furniture and carving wood into beautiful, detailed pieces. 

Bob is survived by his daughters, Jennifer and Jill; grandson, Lucas; sister, Kay (Waite) Peck; brother, Bill Waite; sister, Susan Waite; and nieces and nephews. 

He was preceded in death by his parents; wife, Judy; infant son, Jeffrey; brother, Michael Waite; and infant sisters; Maryann and Lisa.

December 12, 2021, Bob and Judy’s cremains will be committed to the ground at Miramar Naval Air Station in San Diego for eternal rest and peace.

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