Bob Sovereign was born April 16, 1956 in Eureka to Richard and Fran Sovereign. He passed away peacefully in his sleep on May 16, 2023 in Eureka.

Bob was a lifetime resident of Eureka and attended school there.

When he turned 18 he went right into the military and became a PFC for the United States Marine Corps and got a sharpshooter certificate as well.

After his discharge he worked in various industries in Eureka, some of which took him to the open seas as a commercial fisherman. He was a millworker for McNamara & Peep, and had a landscaping business where he met a host of friends in the clientele that he served.

Bob had a great sense of humor and used it on me (his sister) right after I watched a scary movie on TV (I was 13), I headed upstairs to my room and all of a sudden a “ghost” was standing at the top of the stairs waving its arms. Well I screamed, asked it who are you, what are you? I was genuinely terrified and then the ghost took off his costume and there stood Bob laughing like hell. I really wanted to choke him at that moment. He really loved his pranks and used them on many others.

Bob was preceded in death by his parents Richard and Fran Sovereign, brother Rick Sovereign and sister Nina Jacaway all of Eureka. He is survived by his remaining siblings and their children, Ronnie Sovereign of Eureka, and his son Chad, Tami Walsh (Pat) of Hermitage, Tenn. and their children Donnie Walsh of McKinleyville (Janna), Heather Ringwald (Ryan) of Florida, Patrick and Joseph Walsh of Lebanon and Hermitage, Tenn., Karen James (Dave) of Elma. Wash. , and their children Cheri Gellerstadt, Misty Astry, Amanda Astry, of Elma, Stacy James and Kimberly LeRoy of Eureka. Also survived by Rick’s children Ricky and Chris Sovereign of Tucson, Ariz., Shaunah Sovereign of Eureka, Nina’s children Lance and LeeAnn Jacaway of Phoenix, Lane Jacaway of Eureka and his buddy Lynden (Trobbit) Jacaway of Eureka, and his beloved dog Bumper whom he loved more than people.

He is also survived by his uncle Wayne Sovereign of Eureka and his aunt Mary (Aunt Lou Lou) of Eureka, and Aunt Donna Brunk (Sis) of Newport, Oregon, and dozens of cousins and friends too numerous to name. He is also survived by a very special friend Judy Dutra whom he entrusted enough to care for his beloved Bumper. He made lots of friends over the years and treated them like family.

A celebration of life service will be planned at a later date.

Donations to help family with burial expenses can be made directly to Ayers Funeral Home, 2620 Jacobs Avenue, Eureka .


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