Feb 182011

Bob Tepfer, 75, passed away on Sunday, Feb. 13, 2011, at Summit Healthcare Regional Medical Center in Show Low. A memorial service was held on Feb. 16 at The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints in Taylor.

He was born in Marietta, Okla., on Aug. 24, 1935, to Robert and Lela Tepfer. When he was 5, the family moved to Ontario, Calif., where Bob graduated from Chaffey High School in 1954.

Bob enlisted in the United States Navy in 1954, working on the Navy’s newest fighter jets of the day. He also served on two aircraft carriers during the Korean War, and traveled throughout Asia and South America. He later served as a crash fireman at Moffett Field near San Jose, Calif.

Following the Navy, Bob started his career with General Telephone as a lineman.

He met and married Neoma Tepfer in 1962. The couple relocated to Norwalk and later Lakewood, Calif., where they welcomed the arrival of their two sons, Colin and Sean. The family relocated to Irvine, Calif., in 1979, where they raised their sons. In 1990, Bob and Neoma moved to the Lake Matthews area of Riverside, California.

Bob had continued his career with General Telephone and was promoted several times, eventually to network construction coordinator where he supervised all new construction projects throughout Orange County.

He retired from General Telephone in 1995, and he and Neoma relocated to Taylor in 2003, where he remained until his death.

While in Taylor, Bob served as the employment specialist for his church.

Bob will be greatly missed by his family and friends.

Survivors include his wife, Neoma Tepfer of Taylor; his son, daughter-in-law and two grandchildren, Colin, June, Emily and Stephen Tepfer of Leander, Texas; and his son and daughter-in-law, Sean Tepfer and Catherine Bjerum of Farmington, N.M.

In lieu of flowers, the family requests that donations be made to the American Lung Association in Bob’s name.

Silver Creek Mortuary of Taylor was in charge of the arrangements.