Oct. 9, 1917 — Aug. 7, 2014
Robert C. “Bob” Tribbett died Aug. 7, 2014, in Placerville, Calif., at age 96. He was the son of Wiley and Ivy Tribbett and born on his father’s farm in Sugar Creek Township near Darlington, Ind. After his high school graduation, he worked in Chicago, then came to Santa Monica, Calif., via Route 66 in 1939, where he worked for North American Aviation as a tool and die maker.
Bob met Dorothy McHenry in Santa Monica, where they married in 1942 and relocated to Texas, where he continued working for North American Aviation during World War II. He returned to California after the war, continuing his employment with North American Aviation. In 1950 he decided he wanted to be in business for himself and bought into a Case dealership, Eagle Tractor Company in Riverside, Calif. He managed and owned that company until selling the business in 1972. He remained the manager for another four years before working in real estate.
In 1983, Bob and Dorothy built a log home in Pollock Pines, Calif., in order to live nearer to children and grandchildren. They became active in local square dance clubs, including The Apple Jacks and Jills, the Hangtown Twirlers and the Hi Mountaineers. They enjoyed dancing while visiting venues across the United States, Great Britain and Europe.
Bob became an active member of the the Hangtown A’s Model A Club, restoring four of his own Model A’s and assisting with many other members’ restoration projects. He and Dorothy traveled tens of thousands of miles of back roads throughout the western U.S. and Canada to attend local and national meets in their Model A. He also enjoyed membership in the Pollock Pines SIRs, Pollock Pines Bowling league and El Dorado County Federated Church. During retirement, he and Dorothy traveled across much of North America in their motorhome and cruised around the world, around South America, to Alaska, through the Panama Canal and to Antarctica. Their travels also took them to Great Britain, Ireland, Europe and Africa.
Bob is survived by his wife, Dorothy; son, Ronald and wife, Mary Tribbett; daughter, Susan and husband, Lou Gagne; son-in-law, Chuck Hunt and wife, Pat; four grandchildren; and three great-grandchildren. He was preceded in death by his daughter, Wendy Tribbett Hunt. The family wishes to thank the caring staff at Eskaton Placerville for the wonderful assistance given Bob and continuing to give Dorothy after they moved into an apartment there in 2009.
A celebration of life will be held Saturday, Aug. 30, from 11:30 a.m. to 2 p.m., at the El Dorado County Federated Church, 1031 Thompson Way in Placerville, Calif. A light luncheon will be served. In lieu of flowers, the family suggests donations to the Eskaton Foundation, 5105 Manzanita Ave, Carmichael, CA 95608, or to the charity of your choice.