1926 – 2021
Robert Clyde Carrel, 94, passed away on Aug. 30, 2021, in Santa Rosa with his beloved wife of 73 years, Marilyn, by his side. Born in St. Joseph, Missouri on Oct. 22, 1926, Bob enlisted in the U.S. Navy after graduating from high school and served in World War II on the destroyer USS O’Brien in the Pacific from 1944-46, where he was witness to the Bikini Atoll atom bomb tests.
After the service, Bob attended college and worked for Graybar Electric in finance for the next 31 years. He started out in the Kansas City office, was transferred to Denver, then to the Minneapolis office and was again promoted and transferred to San Francisco. Retiring in 1981 from Graybar, Bob then served as executive director of the Menlo Park Chamber of Commerce. Final retirement came in 1985 with a move to Lake Wildwood in the Gold Country of California, where Bob enjoyed playing golf and tennis and entertaining friends and family with cruises on his patio boat. In 2008, Bob and his wife moved to Stockton for a couple of years, then on to Oakmont in Santa Rosa. His outgoing and friendly nature won him many friends, and he loved playing dominoes and bridge. He is survived by his wife Marilyn; daughters Pamela (John) and Katy (Joyce); son William (Gwenly); grandchildren Drew (Ann), Abby (Dean), Nick (Britt), and Marika (Harry); great-grandchildren Jack, Maddie, Cooper, and Eloise; and brother Keith Carrel (Sharon).