Robert William Naef,
Last updated 5/3/2007 at Noon
Robert William Naef, 85, passed away on April 20, 2007 as the result of a stroke. One of eight children, Robert was born on June 22, 1921, in Scofield, UT, to Hettie Matilda (Mills) and Jacob C. Naef. He is survived by his wife of 62 years, Anna Irene (Peters) Naef; his four daughters and their husbands, Anne and Bill Renshaw of Fallbrook, Donna and Bruce Thompson of Fallbrook, Patty and Jon Macfarlane of Palmdale, and Marlene and Craig Prince of Chino; his 22 grandchildren; and his 19 great-grandchildren.
Robert also leaves behind four sisters, Ruby Elder of Banning, Helen Neuhalfen and Naudine Naef, both of Huntington Beach, and Audrey Sanderson of Eureka, UT, and a brother, Ronald Naef of Banning. He was preceded in death by his brother, Earl Naef, and his sister, Beatrice Viertel.
Robert moved to California in 1948, residing in Bell Gardens, La Verne, Riverside and Palmdale. He went to work in 1953 for Shepard Machinery Co. in Whittier as a Caterpillar tractor mechanic and worked there until his retirement in the late 1970s. Prior to moving to California, he mined several mines in Juab County, UT, including a portion he leased in the Tintic Standard mine near his home town of Eureka.
A lifetime member of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, Robert served as a Branch President and Bishop in the La Verne Stake and as a High Councilman and Patriarch in the Jurupa Stake. He and his wife served two church missions, one in the islands of Micronesia Guam and one in the Bahamas.
Funeral services were held April 27 in Riverside, with burial the next day in Mt. Pleasant, UT.