In Memoriam



(1952 - 2005)






ROSAMOND, Calif. - Robert Paul Loree, 52, of 2408 Greenhill St., Rosamond, Calif., passed away Saturday (Nov. 5, 2005) following a brief illness.

Born in Hornell on Dec. 2, 1952, he was the son of George and Irene (Stewart) Loree, who predeceased him.

He graduated from Hornell High School, class of 1970. He entered the US Air Force April 1971. He served his country for 22 1/2 years, retiring in 1993 as a master sergeant. At the time of his death, he was employed by Edwards Air Force Base in California as an engineer.

He was married to Chieko Wakashima, who survives. Also surviving are a son, Lucas (Cristina) Loree; a daughter, Melissa Loree; two sisters, Sonia (Gerald) Recktenwald and Georgianne Bartlett; two brothers, G. Thomas (Margaret) Loree of Florida and Alan (Sandy) Loree of California; and several nieces and nephews.

A military service was held at Edwards Air Force Base in Chapel One.


A Special Tribute From a Close Friend

Bob was my best friend through Junior and Senior High School. We were practically inseparable for a time. You could find us cooking bacon on a solar oven we built from cardboard or zipping around the Bryant school (Bob) or Columbian school (me) neighborhoods on the 3-wheel go-cart we built from scratch.
Bob was consummate photographer; taking, developing and enlarging pictures in his Myrtle Street attic loft. He took pictures for the HHS yearbook and other events. He also applied those talents while employed at the Hornell/Canisteo Penny Saver where he put the paper together each week as an after school job. He went on to apply his talents in the service of his Country in the US Air Force.
If memory serves, Bob graduated in 1970, but stayed on as a post grad through 1971 (my class year). Bob deserves a mention in "In memoriam."
Richard Harris
Class of '71