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Robert McLoughlin

Died: Thu., May 7, 2020


Memorial Service

11:00 AM Sat., May 30, 2020
Location: St. Ann Catholic Church


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Missoula, MT - Robert E. McLoughlin, 89, from Missoula, MT passed away May 7, 2020, at Footsteps at The Springs in Missoula, MT after a long battle with dementia. He was the youngest and the last to pass of the 10 children of Edward James of Knock, Mayo, Ireland and Mary Littlejohn Cecelia Ross of Echt, Kincardinshire, Scotland where they all attended Church of the Nativity Catholic Church, in Menlo Park, CA. He was preceded in death by his parents as well as all his brothers and sisters; Edward John, Edward James, James Peter, Anne, Margaret, Irene, Joseph, Thomas, and Martin Bernard. He is survived by sisters’ in law, Eleanor and Ora Mae, His first wife was Hope Morrison, and they had Roberta. He was preceded in death by sons, Ross and Michael, who sadly passed in their infancy. Hope passed away in 1994 after being married for 41 year. His second wife was Ruth Northam, who passed away in 2016. Bob then moved to Montana to be close to Roberta and family. He is survived by his living child, Roberta Bemis (Russ), of MT, granddaughters, Rachel Bemis (Michael Carroll) of MT,  Ramona Seals (Derek), of SC, great grandchildren, Dominic, of VA, Blake and Savannah of SC, and numerous nieces, nephews, and cousins all over the world. At six years of age, Bob’s first job was in his father’s shoe store, McLoughlin’s Shoe Repair in Menlo Park, CA. He attended St, Joseph’s School, met Hope at Sequoia High School in Redwood City, CA. He worked at a men’s clothing store where he modeled their clothes. He did not go into the military because of flat feet but supported all of his brothers that did over the years. He attended San Jose State, lived with his older brother, Pete and family. Bob worked at other jobs after he got married in 1953 to Hope at Kings Beach, CA and settled on the credit business as a career. His little family had bought a house in Sharp Park. He was working in San Bruno when he was asked by The Mercantile Company Loan Company to open an office in Lake Tahoe, CA in late 1959 for the 1960 Olympics. They attended St. Theresa’s where Roberta started at the new school and Bob and Hope got their start in volunteering. Next Bob was transferred to the Sacramento area, and the family lived with brother Tom and Ora Mae going to Sacred Heart Church and Roberta to the school. They lived in the area before moving again and settling in Citrus Heights attending Holy Family where Bob was very active in The Knights of Columbus and Christ the King Passionist Retreat Center helping put on The Annual Festival until 1966. Bob survived cancer while commuting between Citrus Heights and Fairfield to his new job at Travis Air Force Base as Credit Union Manager. The family moved to Vallejo, and St, Basil’s, where there was room for Roberta in school. Two foster daughters joined the family over the years, Bob then changed to Hospital Management in Berkeley and Concord, Chart Room Manager, then Engineering at Kaiser Permanente, retiring in 1995. He moved to Antelope in 2001 to be closer to his brother and friends. Bob described his childhood home to his granddaughter, Rachel as a very large house with a comfortable kitchen. Holidays were spent in the dining room. He grew up with a big yard with chickens, rabbits and a garden. When asked what were some of his favorite hobbies when he was a child, he said woodworking, gardening and cutting grass. He shared that he got paid 15 cents an hour from the nuns and he thought he was a millionaire. He moved to Montana in 2016 to be with his daughter. Bob and Hope were model grandparents. They attended sporting events, supporting their granddaughters tremendously whether it was picking them up from school and taking them for an after school snack or supervising Ramona and Rachel playing in the backyard hot tub. Bob lost Hope in 1994 yet continued to play a large role in his extended family's lives. He embraced his three great grandchildren and always loved celebrating their accomplishments. Bob soon became known as Papa even to family and friends. He was so proud of his family and loved being with them as much as possible. He was a perfect father, grandfather, great grandfather, uncle, cousin, and friend to the end. He spoiled us endlessly and would give you the shirt off his back if he could, just like his dear Mother. He loved the color green, puttering in the garden, wood, rocks, jewelry, traveling to see cousins all over the world, beer, good food, and ice cream. One of the biggest accomplishments Bob did was getting back in touch with our Irish McLoughlins. He made the first trip back to Ireland in 1977 as his grandchild was being born that was two weeks late to meet up with a cousin that is the last of his surviving first cousins, Peig. It was the beginning of a long relationship that goes on to this day with many trips and communications with this beloved side of the family, It did not end there, he found the Scottish side and his daughter has continued the legacy. So, Bob, you have left your mark here and on our hearts, and you are now at peace in the arms of our Lord, God Bless! Our wish is that you go to your favorite ice cream store with your family and friends and celebrate BOB! Everyone is asked to wear green to Bob’s services. He was immensely proud of his Irish and Scottish heritage. Local funeral will be at: St. Ann’s Catholic Church 9015 Highway 200 East Bonner, MT Saturday, May 30, 2020 at 11 a.m. Instead of flowers please donate in Robert McLoughlin’s name by clicking donate now to either: St. Joseph’s Elementary School 503 Edith St, Missoula, MT 59801 mcsmt.org Or: St. Patrick-St.Vincent High School 1500 Benicia Rd, Vallejo, CA 94591 spsv.org

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