Robert "Bob" Rocha
June 26, 1951 – July 9, 2018
Robert Anthony Rocha went home to be with his Lord and Savior Jesus Christ on July 9, 2018, surrounded by his family. Bob was born in Oakland, California to Gabriel and Vera Rocha on June 26, 1951.
He was number seven of 10 children. Bob attended local schools, including St. Elizabeth High School. After high school, Bob enlisted in the Army, going into Vietnam in 1969, where he was severely injured in 1970, losing his left leg to a land mine. It took years of surgeries and rehabilitation for him to recover. Bob was honorably discharged from his military service and began a career in the mortuary business. After working for several private firms in the Bay Area, Bob moved to Lodi in 1976 and purchased Humphrey’s East Pine Funeral Home and Lodi Memorial Cemetery, renaming the enterprise Rocha’s Mortuary. Bob opened the doors to his new place with $25 in the till and high hopes of success. However, the place burned to the ground in 1979. Undeterred, Bob rebuilt and moved his mortuary to downtown Lodi, expanding his business in 1980 with the purchase of two funeral homes in Southern California. His mortuary eventually grew into a multi-million dollar enterprise, which he sold in 1988. Using funds from the sale, Bob bought a Century 21 real estate office in Lodi. Bob later returned to the funeral business as a director of Catholic Cemeteries of the diocese of Oakland, a position he held until failing health forced him to retire.
He is survived by his loving wife Linda, whom he married November 15, 2012; Children Rina Kettle (Joe), Robin Kuehne (Doug), Brandy Rocha-Trevizo (Hugo) and Heather Rocha; siblings Midge Baca, Nancy Luna, Evelyn Leandro (Jim), Larry Rocha (Nancy), Greg Rocha (Rose Marie), Donna Cutrufelli, Joseph Rocha, John Rocha (Debby), Mary Thomas(Tim); Grandchildren, Devin, Danicca & Danette Kettle, Ashley & Bryson Tassano, Reuben Rocha, AJ, Parker and Morgan Baines, Brooklyn Niewald, Step daughter Christy Rohmer(Fred), Carrie Miller, Step grandchildren; Hope and Grace Kuehne, Andrew and Jessica Trevizo, Bryce Coleman, Logan Miller; stepgreatgrandchildren Vanden Wynia and Brynleigh White; and finally his many dear friends and Trilogy family in Rio Vista, where he moved in January 2014. Bob was preceded in death by his parents Gabriel & Vera Rocha, and step-grandson Hudson Kuehne.
A public viewing will be held Monday, July 16, from 2:00 until 7:00 p.m. at Rocha’s Mortuary, 215 S School St, Lodi. Funeral services will be held Tuesday, July 17 at 1:00 p.m. at Faith Community Church, 18621 N. Highway 99 in Acampo with Pastor Dustin Butler of Windborn Church, Rio Vista, officiating. A committal service will follow at Lodi Memorial Cemetery.
Memorial donations may be made to Smile Train at PO Box 96231, Washington, D.C. 20090 or online at http://www.my.smiletrain.org/donatenow. Bob was a longtime supporter and felt very passionate about helping those children. Also, he asked for donations to be made to Hospice (Vitas), 2710 South Gateway Oak Drive Suite 100, Sacramento, Ca 95833, so they can continue to help other families. Please sign the guest book at www.lodinews.com/guestbook.
- Visitation Monday, July 16, 2018
- Funeral Service Tuesday, July 17, 2018
Robert "Bob" Rocha
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July 24, 2018
I have known Bob for many years. I worked with him during his years in real estate and knew him through our mutual friend, Steve Mann. Bob was quite a guy. It was a pleasure to know him. It's especially comforting to know of his strong faith in Jesus Christ. Until we meet again, Bob!
July 21, 2018
Met Bob the first day of 3rd grade in 1959 at St Benedict's. In 4th grade we both became altar boys & served many masses/funerals together. That's about the only good things we did cuz we were pretty uncivilized back then except when it came to sports. After he returned from Viet Nam & matured, we lost track of each other until Joe invited me to Bob's 40th birthday in 1991. Since then we kept in touch, played golf occasionally, & went skeet shooting with shotguns not too far from Trilogy. He even invited me to Easter dinner this year. What a guy!
He will be missed very much, but appreciated more.
July 14, 2018
Great man great neighbor Rest In Peace my Vietnam buddy
July 13, 2018
My Prayers and Condolences are with the entire Rocha Family at this very difficult time
July 12, 2018
Peace and love surrounded Bob all his family life. My hopes are that the peace and love he experienced will continue to ne shared by his daughters and family. Linda, thank you from the bottom of my heart for being Bobs spouse and caring for our hero. God has him and is smiling that now our hero is now His.
July 11, 2018
Dear Linda, I am so sorry for your loss. Please know your have my condolenceds and prayers that our precious Jesus brings you comfort and peace. Jesus has called Bob to a better place and freed him from the pain and physical issues that plagued him while he was with us. My prayer is that He will also comfort you at this time and bring you peace in the knowledge that Bob is safe in the Lord's arms. I will miss him in the seat just behind me at Windborn 2nd services. Even in the pain he had, he never failed to inquire about my health and mobility issues. After my being without a car for over a year, when I acquired one a few months ago he was as happy for me as I was that I was back driving again. That is a memory I shall cherish always when I think of your beloved Bob.
Prayers and blessings to you, Linda and your family for peace and comfort inthis sad time.
Love to all, Bob Monaco