Saturday, March 01, 2014

Farewell to my Favorite Father-in-Law

Robert Stanley Carey
May 10, 1927 - February 26, 2014

Robert S. (Bob) Carey passed away in Portola Valley, peacefully at home after a short illness. Bob was a beloved husband of more than 66 years to his wife, Myrtle (Myrt) Ciprian Carey. He was a loving father and mentor to his five children (and their spouses), Robert (Vance) of Watsonville, Kent (Theresa) of Palo Alto, Dawn (Stephen Schaniel) of Los Gatos, Paul (Natasha) of Mountain View and Glen (Lynn) of Palo Alto.

Bob was much loved by his 10 grandchildren and two step-granchildren, Kyle (Kelly), Kenneth, Colleen, Kate, Stephanie Schaniel, Stacie Schaniel, Clay, Kristen, Philip, Elizabeth, Nick Tuosto (Sarah) and Jessica Tuosto. He was a devoted brother to Dorothy Howe.

Bob was born in Kansas City, Mo. and raised in Chicago, Ill., where he met Myrt in their early teens. Myrt and Bob married in November 1947 and moved to Ann Arbor, Mich., where in 1952, he received Bachelor of Science degrees in Metallurgical and Chemical Engineering from the University of Michigan. Bob moved from Michigan to California to work for Union Oil as a refinery corrosion engineer shortly after graduation. In 1958, he became involved in the aerospace industry at Aerojet, first in San Ramon and then in Southern California to participate in the Space Race. When Voyager didn’t see life on Mars, Bob turned his engineering talents to the medical research instruments industry, working at Beckman Instruments in Palo Alto as Chief Metallurgical Engineer and moving his family to Ladera in Portola Valley.

Bob had a passion for reading, playing racquetball and golf, traveling the world, watching Giants baseball and attending college football games. He also enjoyed attending his children and grandchildren’s many activities, including numerous sports, performances and plays. He was head umpire for Alpine Little League in the late 1960s. Bob was an Elk from 1976 through 2004. After retiring in 1991 from Beckman, he spent many pleasant Tuesdays as a golf marshall at the Stanford Golf Course until last year.

Foremost, Bob was a loving, lifelong companion to Myrt. His legacy is that of a mentor with a strong moral compass, who led by example with warmth and grace.

A celebration of Bob’s life will be held at 2PM on Saturday, March 15, at Ladera Community Church, 3300 Alpine Road, Portola Valley CA 94028.  There will be a reception in Peabody Hall following the service. 

Donations in Bob’s honor may be made to The Canary Foundation (, or to the Ladera Community Church Endowment fund by check.  The Endowment Fund makes sizable donations each year to local organizations fighting poverty. 

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