John Anthony Robb died December 12, 2012, at Spearfish Regional Hospital in South Dakota. John was born January 14, 1933, in Toledo, Ohio, to Francis and Marguerite (Gerard) Robb. He was the youngest of three boys. They moved to Fort Wayne, Indiana while John was in high school and he graduated from Central Catholic High School in 1951. John joined the US Navy that same year and served in the Navy for 42 years retiring in 1993 as a Chief Personnel man.
John married Geraldine Getty September 4, 1954. They lived in California for one year then John was stationed in Japan and Gerry moved back to Ft. Wayne. After he came home he worked in transportation the rest of his life. He worked as a Traffic Manager for different companies. He owned his own traffic brokerage business until retirement.
They lived in various locales until John and Gerry settled in Aladdin, Wyoming so he could hunt and camp and watch his grandchildren grow up. He enjoyed his grandchildren; Tristann, Katie, Mathew, Brendan and Patrick and went to many of their church and school programs, concerts, and ball games. He was thrilled to see his two great-grand children Camden and Victoria who came to visit at Thanksgiving this year. He was proud of his Scot-Irish heritage and he enjoyed genealogy, finding his ancestors in North America and Europe.
John was a member of St. Joseph’s Catholic Church in Spearfish and was a Fourth Degree Knights of Columbus. He had been a commander of Spearfish VFW Post 5860. Blessed to have shared in his life is his wife, Geraldine; son, John Jr. (Connie) of Fort Wayne; daughters, Jeanne (George) Whalen of Aladdin, and Sara (Michael) Burns of Arvada, Colorado; and brother, Dr. Robert (Phyllis) Robb of Fort Wayne. He is preceded in death by his parents and brother, Rev. Paul Robb, SJ.
John never met a stranger and enjoyed talking to everyone. He always had a story to tell.
Mass of Christian Burial and Rosary service were Tuesday, December 18, 2012, at St. Joseph Catholic Church in Spearfish Burial with full military honors by the Spearfish Honor Guard was at Black Hills National Cemetery.
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