OBITUARY

Robert C. Fernando

February 15, 1932March 6, 2019
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Robert "Bob" C. Fernando, age 87, of Merrillville, IN formerly of East Chicago, IN, passed away March 6, 2019. Survived by his wife of 61 years, Kay, two son: Robert L. Fernando, Paul D. Fernando, a daughter in Christ: Rebecca Caldwell; two granddaughters Emily Chandler, Alison Kissee; six great grandchildren Oliver, Carson, Dawson, Eliza, Adelaide, Eloise; one sister Sharon Reinke; two sisters- in-law Elizabeth Suter, Patricia Anton, cousin Joanne, many nieces and nephews; his "best buddy" Buddy and Snoopy the cat; preceded in death by his parents, one brother LaVerne, cousin Joanne. Funeral services will be held March 15, 2019 at Lake Hills Baptist Church (9209 W. 85th Avenue) Schererville, IN Pastor Phil Humber officiating. Burial Chapel Lawn Cemetery. Friends may visit with the family Friday morning from 9:00 A.M. to 11:00 A.M. (service time) at the church. He was a member and former chaplain of American Legion Post 430; Indiana Masonic Lodge 686 of East Chicago, Patriot Guard; he was a Navy Veteran, an avid rider in the Rolling Thunder Ride to the Wall and a member of the AVMRA and life member H.O.G., member of Lake Hills Baptist Church, and Local 150. Funeral services entrusted to Chapel Lawn Funeral Home, Crown Point, IN (219 365-9554)

Services

  • Visitation Friday, March 15, 2019
  • Funeral Service Friday, March 15, 2019
REMEMBERING

Robert C. Fernando

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Philip Humber

March 11, 2019

Bob was a faithful member of our congregation for many years. He was a character. His one question before deciding on our church was, "Would it be acceptable for him to ride his Harley to church on Sundays?" And of course it was and of course he did. Lol.
We miss him already.

Pastor Phil

Donna Milner

March 9, 2019

Bob Fernando, Bobaloo, was like a dad to me. He was an incredibly dear friend for 20+ years.
He was my little buddy. I could even get him to wait more than a minute for a table at a restaurant, not many people could. I used to rub his crew cut for luck.
The first time I met Bobaloo was at a CMA gathering at my house in Indiana in the 90s. He was sitting on the picnic table playing tug-of-war with our big lab, Buster. Buster pulled him to the ground but Bob never let go. Cracked me up. I immediately wanted to know him. He was a tenacious, sometimes cranky, bulldog.
His pockets were always filled; candy for kids in one and dog bones in the other.
On our way out to dinner one night Miss Kay asked him if he had his teeth. He responded with a nod, "they're in my pocket." We laughed until we cried.
He used to take old funeral flowers and recycle them. I found flowers at my door more than once.
He stood in line to get Chelsi a Furby and brought it over as a surprise. He told me that he waited even though he had to pee.
He was all Navy, served proudly in Korea and loved this country. He was always packing and I knew he could protect us. He was a soldier.
I will miss his crotchety attitude. I will miss his smiling face. I will remember him whenever I pass a Dairy Queen. At any reference to Popeye. On my next trip to D.C. And whenever I just need a smile.
Bobaloo and Kay saw me through some of my darkest days. Their door was always open and they never treated me like I'd worn out my welcome. The Fernandos were my last stop out of Chicagoland when I moved to California. Bobaloo prayed for me and cried when he said goodbye.
I will see you again Bobaloo. I will never forget you and will love you forever. My heart is sad but my spirit rejoices at the thought of you at Peace with Jesus. Be nice Bobaloo! He's a patriot, too.

Bill Hale

March 9, 2019

Bob was a great friend and always had time to visit with me at Calumet Harley. I loved his stories about the old days with him and HarryMolenar when Bob first got sick the hardest thing I've ever had to do what's to help him decide about selling his motorcycle. That bothered me cuz I know how much he loved to ride. He was a great one but now him Harry and Bob parrot will be able to ride free with the Wind at their back. Rest in peace Bob will see you again someday. Love you

Dave De Witt

March 9, 2019

Everytime I pass a DQ (Dairy Queen), Bob comes to mind !
We'll all remember Bob and his "need" for DQ.
Gone But Not Forgotten.

Kay Fernando

March 9, 2019

P.s. cousin Joanne is still alive & kickin............My Bob loved music.with a passion. He had a beautiful bass voice, even tho he loved Mario Lanaza & Andrea Bocelli (great Tenors). He sang everywhere & Elvis was another favorite. He loved reading Westerns and watching War movies. He owned many Harleys and always told me "this is the last one I will buy"
Ha ha, that was a lie.
He passionately loved riding Bikes and was ready to go when a call came.

Pam and dale Hendrickson

March 8, 2019

So many fond memories of Bob He will be missed
He truly had a wonderful life

BOB’isms

Are you gonna eat that
You can agree with me or you can
be wrong
Let’s go for Ice Cream
These ARE MY CHURCH
CLOTHES
Proud to be an American
Proud to be a Veteran

With love and sympathy
R.I.P. Bob



Sincerly Pam and Dale

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