Robert (Bob) Shamberger was born, along with his sister, on January 18, 1948 to Leonard & Ida Shamberger. Robert passed away on April 10, 2017 due to pancreatic cancer at the age of 69. Bob lived most of his life in Humboldt County, making McKinleyville his home.
Bob was a proud Navy Veteran who served his country in the Vietnam War on the USS Passumpsic. He was awarded Armed Forces Expeditionary Medal (Korea), Meritorious Unit Commendation Ribbon, National Defense Service Medal, Vietnam Service Medal and the Vietnam Campaign Ribbon.
He later started working hauling logs for Wayne Bare Trucking Inc. There he met a couple of friends who would become his family, Calvin and Virgil. He also worked for his brother Gary’s company.
He was married to the love of his life, Nancy Shamberger. The love he had for her never faded. They had two wonderful boys. One story that his youngest will never forget is about their fishing trips in his boat – fishing in Big Lagoon and having to jump in the water and tow the boat to shore when the motor stopped. They always had a feeling it would happen again but it was a fishing trip with dad. Every time he thinks about that boat he can’t help but laugh.
Bob was preceded in death by father Leonard Shamberger, mother Ida Shamberger, brother Gary Shamberger and nephew Johnny. He is survived by his sons Robert (Bobby) Shamberger II (Susan) and Donald Shamberger (Tiffany); grandson Robert (Trip) Shamberger III; sister Linda Hudson (Stan); brother James (Jim) Shamberger and many nephews, nieces and friends.
Bob was a loving, caring, compassionate funny guy who was taken from us way to soon. He will be greatly missed by many but he will live on in our hearts and memories.
There will be a honor guard service at Greenwood Cemetery 1757 J St. Arcata at 2 p.m. on Friday May 5, 2017. A dinner will follow the service from 3-5 pm location to come. There is a gofundme account set to help with his service and any expense that may come up.
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