ROBERT STEVES SR.

Escalon Times - - NEWS - The Escalon (Calif.) Times July 25, 2018

Robert “Bobby” Steves, Sr. en­tered rest on Satur­day, July 14, 2018 at Me­mo­rial Hospi­tal in Modesto. With his lov­ing wife of 28 years hold­ing his hand and with a room full of fam­ily, he left this world to en­ter heaven. He was 77 years old.

He was born to Frank Machado Steves and Edna Marie Steves (Fa­gun­des) on April 27, 1941 in French Camp, Cal­i­for­nia. He was pre­ceded in death by his youngest child, Chris, his sib­lings, Larry, Frank, Tommy, and Doreen. Bob is sur­vived by his wife, Dolores, his son Rob (Lisa), his daugh­ter, Bron­wyn “Broni”, step chil­dren, Kelly Ra­ca­cho (Adrian), Diana Me­jo­rado, and Lisa Biocini. Bob had 15 grand­chil­dren, Kris­ten (Michael), Mary, Robert, Christo­pher (Am­ber), Kate, Ni­cholas, Re­nee, Ryan, Raquel (Emilio), Kirk (Tina), Ali­cia (Shane), Sierra, Jen­nifer (Chris), Daniel (Vi­viana), and Al­li­son. He also had 12 great-grand­chil­dren. In ad­di­tion, Bob is sur­vived by his sis­ter, Betty Pratt (Clarence) as well as many nieces and neph­ews and cousins.

Bob grew up in Man­teca, where he grad­u­ated from Man­teca High School in 1959. He mar­ried Carolyn (Con­nie) Smith in 1961 and to­gether they had three chil­dren, Rob­bie, Broni, and Chris.

He met the love of his life, Dolores, in the early 1980’s and they later mar­ried in 1990. They were each other’s con­stant com­pan­ion. He spent the last 15 years of his life liv­ing in Escalon, Ca, but his home on Union Road was well-known and of­ten vis­ited by peo­ple from all over to view his small herd of buf­faloes. He was a well-revered con­trac­tor and busi­ness man in Man­teca.

He be­gan work­ing in con­struc­tion at the age of 17 when he be­gan work­ing for Eaven­son Con­struc­tion as a car­pen­ter. He later ob­tained his con­trac­tor’s li­cense and worked for Bill Perry on St. Fran­cis Es­tates and Mon­ti­cello. He be­gan Steves Con­struc­tion in 1979 but con­tin­ued to work on var­i­ous hous­ing de­vel­op­ments with McRoy-Wil­bur. He was a mem­ber and vol­un­teer at St. An­thony’s Catholic Church and later St. Pa­trick’s Church. He en­joyed work­ing on a house, work­ing and spend­ing time in the yard and the ranch. He loved an­i­mals and was known to res­cue dogs on a reg­u­lar ba­sis. He was a mem­ber of the Man­teca JC’s, Nile-Gar­den 4-H, Man­teca-Lathrop Ru­ral Vol­un­teer Fire, Man­teca Sports Boosters, M.R.P.S. and F.E.S.M.

Bob was known for his work ethic, his en­ergy, his smile and his gen­er­ous heart. He en­joyed work­ing, an­tiques, clas­sic cars, his dogs, and trac­tors. The cen­ter of his world was his wife Dolores, his grand­chil­dren were his pride and joy. He will al­ways be remembered for his sharp wit, in­fec­tious smile, and his pen­chant for mis­chief. He will be deeply missed by so many.

P. L. Fry & Son is hon­ored to be serv­ing the Steves fam­ily. A Rosary/Vigil was held Thurs­day, July 19, 2018 at 6 p.m. at St. Pa­trick’s Church, Ripon. The funeral Mass was held at 10:30 a.m. on Fri­day, July 20, 2018 at St. Pa­trick’s Catholic Church. He was laid to rest at St. John’s Catholic Ceme­tery.

In lieu of flow­ers, the fam­ily would like do­na­tions made to the Alzheimer’s As­so­ci­a­tion 2290 N. 1st St. #101, San Jose, CA 95131 and Op­ti­mal Hos­pice 1101 Syl­van Av­enue, #B-10 Modesto, CA 95350.

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