Robert William Dooley, 71, of Golden Valley went home to be with his Lord and Savior on Saturday, July 18, 2009. He passed away peacefully at Kingman Regional Medical Center surrounded by family and friends. He was born in Red Bluff, Calif., to Martin and Doris Dooley.
He grew up in Red Bluff and graduated in 1956. Later that year, he joined the U.S. Army where he learned how to jump out of airplanes, which he loved to do. He also served in the U.S. Air Force as a radio repairman. He received many badges, commendations and also a good conduct medal. Later when he came home, he worked for the Pacific Telephone Company as a switchman and retired after 30 years of service.
While working at the phone company, he met Sharron, and a year later they were married. Together, they had five children, and in June of this year, they celebrated their 43rd Wedding Anniversary.
Robert loved all kinds of outdoor sports. He liked to read the Bible, Louis L'Amour books, and anything that had to do with history. He also liked to watch John Wayne movies. He was a member of Cornerstone Community Church in Simi Valley, Calif. Robert enjoyed being a part of a Bible study group where he made many friends and strengthened his faith. He moved to Golden Valley with his family in 2004. He loved the beauty of the desert and watching the wildlife.
Robert is survived by his wife, Sharron Dooley; his children, Robyn Dooley of Burney, Calif., Danalyn (Darrel) Kummert of Chugiak, Alaska, Lynn (Dean) Randal and Brian Dooley of Golden Valley; and his sisters, Linda (Norman) Hayes of Corning, Calif. and Doreen (Wayne) Slotys of Vacaville, Calif. He is also survived by nine grandchildren and five great-grandchildren. Robert was preceded in death by his parents, Martin and Doris; his sister, Judy; and his son, Rick.
He was a remarkably honest and hard-working man. He was a person of great faith and love for family and friends. He believed that you should treat people the way you would like to be treated. Robert will be greatly missed by his family and friends.