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Robert Naber Obituary

Robert Alden Naber
Robert Alden Naber

July 7, 1930 - July 21, 2020
Born in Evanston, IL
Resided in Santa Cruz, California
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Robert Alden Naber was born on July 7, 1930 in Evanston, IL to Fred & Marion Naber, and older brother Phillip. He graduated from Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) with his BS, and then received a Doctorate of Medicine (MD) from Northwestern Medical School. Bob was awarded a Fulbright Scholarship for study in Freiberg, Germany. Bob spent many years working as a Physician of Internal Medicine in Seattle, WA where he met and had a short marriage to Sarah Naber. Bob then moved to Prunedale where he built his home on Damian Way with a distant view of the Pacific. He met and was married to Lauren Hughes Lofgren from 1974 to 1979, when his daughter Mary Naber King was born. Mary recalls her father building her dollhouses to her specifications while he was working as a carpenter at the Carriage Company and enjoying most of his retirement playing the organ for friends at the Prunedale Senior Citizen Center and volunteering as a timer at her childhood swim meets. In 2002, Bob was the victim of a robbery and assault in Prunedale while walking to the bus stop, being left with traumatic brain injury (TBI)-induced dementia. Since 2002, Bob has lived with his daughter Mary in SoCal, moving from “Garden of Angel Care” in West LA into Mary’s guest cottage in La Jolla for the last 8 years of his life, where he was able to see and enjoy his grandchildren on a consistent basis, and likewise be a blessing to them.

Bob is remembered by those who knew him as having a spirit of tremendous generosity, and for his eternal optimism and gratitude.

Mary recalls Bob regularly expressing awe and appreciation for the beauty of the Pacific coast and countryside. He modeled how to be grateful for the blessings that surround us in everyday life. His caregivers spoke of his kind and gentle nature, and how frequently he would thank them for his care of him. His grandchildren remember him as always smiling, clapping and taking delight in them.

Bob passed away of natural causes on Tuesday, July 21, 2020 exactly two weeks after celebrating his 90th birthday, along with his grandson Caleb, who shares his July 7th birthday and also turned 8.

Bob is survived by his only child Mary Naber King, and his three grandchildren Angela (13), Katarina (11) and Caleb (8), along with his niece Nancy Campbell, and nephews John Naber (a 4x Olympic Gold Medalist), Rob Naber, and Phil Naber, along with a list of incredible caregivers over the past 18 years—including Ms. Sue & Natalie Walwick, Maureen Flaherty, and Heyam & Ray Heusen.

Thankfully, Bob accepted Jesus Christ into his heart as his Lord and Savior, and has been restored with a healthy mind, body and soul in the joy-filled presence, worship and celebration of his Loving Creator and Abba Father in Heaven.
Bob will be buried near his parents at El Carmelo Cemetery in Pacific Grove during a small Memorial on Tuesday, July 28, 2020 at 2pm. Please email mary_king@sagestonewealth.com if you’d like information on a forthcoming Zoom Memorial/Celebration of his life.




Graveside Service
El Carmelo Cemetery
Lighthouse and Asilomar AV
Pacific Grove, CA US
Tuesday, July 28, 2020
2:00 PM
El Carmelo Cemetery
Lighthouse and Asilomar AV
Pacific Grove, CA US
Tuesday, July 28, 2020