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May 18, 1931 – Feb. 3, 2020
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Bobby “Papa Bear” Ozbirn, 88, passed away and joyfully entered into the presence of Jesus, his Lord and Savior on February 3, 2020. “Big” Bob was born May 18, 1931 in Acme, Texas to Leo C. and Agnes M. Ozbirn. He was a resident of Oakdale, California for many years.
He was preceded by his first wife, Barbara Ann Lowman on Dec. 19, 1995.
Bob has three children, Robert L. Ozbirn (Sharon), Patricia J. Cooper (Mike), and Bobby M. Muyres. He is survived by seven grandchildren and 12 great grandchildren. He is also survived by his second wife of 20 years, Lee Ann.
Big Bob shared many fond memories and challenging times of his early years on the farm in Texas with his brother Allen and sister Janell.
The family moved to Midland, California about 1942 where he attended Palo Verde High School in Blythe, California. He lettered in Football and was Class of 1950 senior Homecoming King. He also lettered in Basketball, Tennis, Track, and Baseball. After graduation he enlisted in the air force. He was stationed at Dover AFB and served in the Philippines as an aircraft mechanic and obtained the rank of Staff Sergeant Tech.
His career was in the food industry and included many years at Hershey where he was a maintenance foreman. His career also included time as the plant manager for J. Hungerford Smith in Modesto and Sun Maid Raisins in Selma.
During his life he had many interests and hobbies. He spent many happy years with his family on the lakes boating, water skiing, camping and house boating. He was proud of his Harley Chopper and made two road trips to the Sturgis rally after he was 60. He enjoyed immensely his trip to Israel with Lee, Patti and Sharon. He and Lee enjoyed traveling and spending time in their RV and attending Calvary Chapel together in Oakdale.
He was well known for his many “poppy-isms”. He will always be remembered for greeting everyone with a smile.
In Bob’s memory, the family requests that in lieu of flowers, consideration of a donation be made to the charity of your choice.
Arrangements by Oakdale Memorial Chapel.
Graveside service 11 a.m. on February 14 at Burwood Cemetery, 28320 E. River Road, Escalon Ca.
Family and Friends will gather afterwards at: Living Hope Christian Fellowship, corner of Highway 120 and River Road, Oakdale, CA.
The Oakdale (Calif.) Leader

Feb. 12, 2020