Robert Michael Wall Sr.

May 27, 1933November 28, 2018

Robert Wall of Scottsdale, Arizona passed away on 11/28/2018. He was born May 27, 1933 in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. His father died when Robert was a young boy, after which his mother ended up placing him in an orphanage. When his aunt discovered he was orphaned, she adopted him and raised him as her own. He was a man of tremendous character, warmth and generosity, with a good sense of humor and highly developed sense of fairness. He was a wonderful father and husband. He met Garnet Getty as a hotel elevator operator and eventually married her in 1955 at the age of 21. In the early 1960s he worked in the beginning years of the computer industry as a field technician, replacing vacuum tubes in those early machines. He also worked nights fixing TVs trying to make ends meet. They moved to the Philadelphia area in the early 1960s where they raised their three sons. He loved sports, especially baseball, and he and his wife Garnet spent countless hours shuttling them to games, acting as scorekeeper, timekeeper, coach and cheerleader. At the same time, he went to night school to earn an AS degree in Electrical Technology from Penn State in 1972. He moved to the San Francisco Bay Area in 1976, where he finished his 30+ year career as a senior software engineer with Ford Aerospace until he retired in 1993. He moved to Sun Lakes, Arizona in 1994 where he lived out his retirement years. He loved golf and enjoyed watching the Diamondbacks and Cardinals play, although he always retained a soft spot for the Philadelphia Eagles. He was preceded in death by his wife Garnet and is survived by his three sons Bob Jr., Tom and Rich as well as five grandchildren and two great-grandchildren.


  • Committal Service Friday, December 14, 2018
  • Memorial Service Friday, December 14, 2018

Robert Michael Wall Sr.

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Debbie Wall

December 5, 2018

Bob was a sweet, gentle man who overcame a lot in his life. He was my father in law for many years, and I thought of him as more of a father than my own. I always appreciated his kindness and respect. I would have liked to see him before he passed to tell him that he was special to me. My thoughts and prayers go out to Tom, Rich, Bobby and Ellen and all his family. Fondly, Debbie Wall