May 11, 1923 – Jan. 23, 2011
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Robert McLaskey was the youngest of three children born to Miles and Clara McLaskey on May 11, 1923, in Waltham, Mass. He died after a brief illness in Fresno, Calif. on Jan. 23, 2011.
Robert grew up on a farm near Dover, N.H. At the start of World War II he left college to become a merchant marine in what would become “the most interesting parts of his life.” Before leaving for the war his father told him that “The good die young and McLaskey’s live to a ripe old age!” This was very apparent during the war, and helped to bring him home safely where he married Hepsie Adams. They started their life together in New Hampshire and were blessed with one son, Robert H. McLaskey Jr. “Bob.” In 1957 they moved out to Placerville, Calif., where Robert worked a 14 year stint with Aerojet General in the aerospace industry as a liaison engineer. With the downsizing of the space program in the ’70s Robert began work as an independent heating and cooling contractor. His remaining years, prior to retirement, was spent working as a steam engineer for University of California, Davis. Robert lived a full life with “more hobbies than he had time for!” These including camping, backpacking and boating with his son Bob, fishing, photography, gardening, and traveling (his favorite spot was at the Beach Boy in Kauai).
Robert strongly believed in helping others. He was an Assistant Scoutmaster for Boy Scouts of America for several years; he delivered Meals on Wheels; and was a member of the First Lutheran Church of Placerville, Calif. Robert was also a man of many talents and skills. He built his own boat and then turned it into a miniature replica of the Moran Tugboat. He built a cabin with his son Bob that has proved to be a peaceful family gathering spot over the years. Robert was well liked by those that knew him. He believed in living a frugal life and giving to those that are less fortunate. We believe that he left this world a little bit better place than when he found it. Robert is very loved and will be missed dearly by all of those that knew him, but especially by his son Bob and his wife Nancy, his two grandsons, Matt and Tim, and Tim’s wife, Jenny.
A memorial service to celebrate his life will be held on Saturday, Feb. 5, 2011, at 2 p.m., at the First Lutheran Church, 1200 Pinecrest Court, Placerville, Calif.