Robert John Naretta, 64, of Downey, California, passed away March 7, 2017 at his home in Downey. He will be missed by all his family and friends who dearly loved him.
Second of seven children, he was born November 21, 1952 to Eva Gisela and William John Naretta at St Francis Hospital in Inglewood, CA. After moving from Inglewood to Bellflower in 1966, “Bobby” graduated from “Bellflower High School” in 1970. He was honored by the City of Bellflower with the prestigious Community Service Award presented to a deserving Senior. He had a passion for his work in the Drama Department. But even then, he preferred to stay behind the scenes and the spotlight!!
After graduation, Bobby went to work as an Equipment Mechanic for Asco Sintering. The skills he learned would serve him well for the rest of his life as he continued to work in the field of large equipment and Crane Maintenance. He had his own company for a time Consulting others on Computer Controlled Equipment Maintenance and repair. He also worked with a long-time friend in developing and maintaining High Tech Indoor Driving ranges, traveling to Japan and the Far East, Europe and all over North America. He currently worked for Ellison Technology as a Service Engineer.
Bob’s passion in life has been his Service with the Elks Club. He belonged to the Downey Elks Lodge #2020 where he served several years as Secretary and was recently awarded the Elk of the Year Honor in January of this year. Bob was an extremely private and Humble man who always thought of what he could do for others.
He was preceded in death by his Father, William John Naretta. He is survived by his Mother, Eva, of Seal Beach, his Sisters & Brothers; Christine (&Tony) Worley of Hesperia, Cindy (& Dick) Kirkland of Sparks, NV, Richard (& Loretta) of Redding, Cecilia (&Mike) Luckinbill of Riverside, John (& Diane) of Chino Hills and Mary (& Phil) Alfano of Patterson, CA and his dear friend and Roommate Chris Brown. He is also survived by 16 nieces & nephews and 20 grand nieces and nephews.
In lieu of Flowers the family would ask that you make donations in Bobby’s name to his Elks lodge #2020.
A Celebration of Life is planned for Saturday, March 18, at 10:00 am, (reception immediately following) at the Downey Elks Lodge, 11233 Woodruff Ave, Downey, CA 90241 (Behind the BofA Building), (562)803-3557. It will be followed by a Private Scattering ceremony at Sea.