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Robert Alan "Bob" Rethemeyer

Born: Mon., Oct. 15, 1956
Died: Thu., Aug. 1, 2019

Graveside Service

2:00 PM Sat., Aug. 17, 2019
Location: Norway Cemetery

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   Bob was born on October 15, 1956 in Myrtle Point, the son of Alan and Aileen (Strong) Rethemeyer. He passed away on from cancer on August 1st in Stanford, California. 

   He graduated from Myrtle Point High School in 1974 and received his bachelor’s degree in 1978 from Oregon Institute of Technology. From there he moved to Sunnyvale, California and worked for 40 years in the computer industry, working at Amdahl, Sun Microsystems, and Oracle. He retired earlier this year. Bob was an amateur astronomer and avid reader. He also loved genealogy and traveled to the Midwest several times to meet relatives and do research. He travelled to Holland several times, and visited the site of the World War II battle Operation Market Garden, where the uncle for whom he was named participated. He was attended Peninsula Bible Church in Palo Alto and also volunteered in their library/bookstore.

   He is survived by his sister Mary Rethemeyer of Portland, Oregon, several cousins, and numerous friends in the San Francisco Bay area.

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Gavin Bowlby
   Posted Tue August 13, 2019

I'm so sorry to hear of Bob's passing away, and I'm so sorry for your loss of your brother.

I worked with Bob for 13 years at Amdahl, and I was always impressed with Bob's professionalism and his knowledge in a variety of areas of engineering. He always came up with very imaginative solutions to a variety of problems, and he was well respected by everyone he worked with at Amdahl.

Bob was really easy to work with, and he never let his ego get in the way of his work. He made significant contributions on many projects that he worked on in a variety of mainframe computer projects at Amdahl.

I'm sorry that when I moved away from the Bay Area in 1994 I didn't get to work with him anymore. I really enjoyed seeing him in 2012, as I recall, when I got to have lunch with many people I had worked with at Amdahl on a visit to the Bay Area.

I know many of his co-workers at Amdahl went on to work with him at Sun and Oracle, and they've told me how much they enjoyed working with him at these companies as well.

Again, I'm so sorry for Bob's passing away too soon.

Renee Carlson
   Posted Wed August 14, 2019
I am so sorry that Bob is gone and I didn't get to spend much time with my cousin in many years. I do have so many fond memories of my time that I
spent visiting him and my aunt and uncle and cousin Mary, in our younger
Bless him.

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