Palo Alto Weekly

Community Pulse - August 19, 2011

Deaths

Robert Beuttler

Robert Beuttler, 90, a resident of Menlo Park, died Aug. 6, 2011. He was born in San Francisco, attended Palo Alto High School, San Jose State College and was graduated from UC Berkeley in 1942 with a degree in political science. Shortly after graduation he was hired by United States Steel Corporation, where he rose to a management position in the company's sales department in late 1948. Unfortunately, the company was forced to make some untimely "organizational changes" and he found himself having to take a forced vacation after just a few months in his new position. Making the best of a bad situation, he decided to see the world. He boarded a tramp steamer headed for Buenos Aires, Argentina, via the Panama Canal. He wound up in Cruz Chica, Argentina, a small town on the eastern edge of the Pampas, working as a soda jerk in an ice cream parlor while he courted the woman who would become his wife whom he'd met while staying at the hotel that was owned by her parents.

After they married, Bob and Diana traveled to England where he landed a job working at the Headquarters of the Third U.S. Air Force in South Ruislip, Middlesex.

In 1954, in the process of returning to the Bay Area, they traveled across the U.S. by train. After working several jobs on the Peninsula, he ended up at Stanford Research Institute, now SRI International, where he worked as a compensation administrator for 30 years and 30 days until he retired in 1990.

After he retired, he enjoyed taking walks around his neighborhood and chatting with his neighbors as well as traveling around the U.S., England and Argentina with his wife. He also bowled regularly at the Palo Alto Lanes until after his 90th birthday, when his declining health finally forced him to stop.

He is survived by his wife of 60 years, Diana; his son Jeremy Beuttler of El Dorado Hills, Calif.; and his daughter Cynthia Ishler of Park River, ND. Donations in his memory may be made to Pathways Hospice Foundation, 585 N. Mary Ave., Sunnyvale, CA 94085.

Roger Nelson

Roger Nelson, 72, a resident of Palo Alto, died Aug. 11, 2011.

He was a resident of the senior-living facility Vi at Palo Alto.

He is survived by his wife, Rosalie Nelson of Palo Alto; sister Linnea of Minneapolis Minn.; brother Ray of Minneapolis, Min.; and brother Willard of Denver, Colo. He also had many nieces, nephews and great-nieces and nephews.

His primary career was spent with Utah International (later BHP) in a variety of environmental management positions.

Memorial services will be held at Newark Community church, Newark, Calif., Aug. 20, and in Annandale, Minn., Aug. 27.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to CaringBridge.org, Mount Hermon Christian Conference Center or Newark Community Church.

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