Susumu Robert Tamura best known as (Bob), died of natural causes at home on January 7,
2021. He was 86 years young.
Bob was born in Stockton, California on January 1, 1935 to Katsuzo and Hidi Tamura. Two
sisters, (Jane, Mary, and one brother George).
Bob had quite a history during his early years, that began during WWII, when his family was
forced to make the journey from California and placed in the internment camp at the
Japanese American Relocation Center in Rohwer, Arkansas. After their release, the family
moved to Chicago, Illinois. Bob spent several years in college before deciding to enter into
the Air Force. Bob was stationed at McCoy AFB in Florida and spent the next 12 years
relocating from one Air Force Base to another, before being honorably discharged with many
commendations for merit during his tenure. After several career changes, he moved to
Denver, Colorado and worked at The Gates Rubber Company for the next 26 years.
Bob had an adventurous spirit and enjoyed travelling and fishing in the Gulf of Mexico.
Hawaii was a favorite spot and he learned to scuba dive and enjoyed snorkeling in the clear
blue waters of the islands.
Camping, hiking, snow shoeing, sailing, kayaking, scuba diving, snorkeling, swimming and
fishing were pastimes that kept him active and healthy in his retirement years.
He leaves behind his wife Betty, two step-children (Joe and Lorrie) and four step-
grandchildren, five children from his former wife (Mark, Shawna, Kim, Leah, and Johana), 21
grandchildren, 20 great grandchildren, and 1 great great grandchild.
Bob will be interned at Fort Logan National Cemetery.
Everyone will miss his humble presence, generous way of sharing, and always thinking of
others before himself. Bob will always remain in our hearts and minds with love and
appreciation for a life well lived.
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