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Charles Robert (Bob) Tripp
22-year Manteca resident
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Born on August 13, 1938 in Checotah, Oklahoma; passed away peacefully at home on Saturday, January 29, 2011 at the age of 72. He was the beloved husband of 31 years to Kathleen O’Day. Tripp originally was from Pasadena, Texas. He lived in Manteca for the last 22 years.

Bob is survived by his wife Kathy and by son Charles Robert Tripp, Jr of San Jose, CA, and daughters, Nicole Tripp of San Jose,CA, Stacy Sholes of Harker Heights, TX, Tanisha Reitz of Colorado Springs, CO, Deborah McAllister of Morgan Hill, CA, Donna Davis of Chubbuck, ID, and Darlene Sexton of Dunnegan, MO. He is also survived by twelve grandchildren and four great-grandchildren. Preceded in death by his parents William Scott Tripp and Lorena Kidd Tripp.

Bob attended San Jose High School and San Jose City College. He enlisted in the United States Navy in 1955 and was honorably discharged in 1959 with rank AEMAN, E - 3. He served on the USS Philippine Sea and the USS Kearsarge. Bob worked in management positions with Gemco Stores for 21 years in the Bay area, in management positions with Standard Brands Paint for 7 years and lastly, self-employed, owning Advantage Tools starting in 1994.

He combined his love of cars and retail experience to create Advantage Tools. Bob and Kathy traveled coast to coast selling automotive tools at car shows and auto swap meets. Always with a smile he loved the action of making that sale at the car events. With the traveling came the great joy of seeing our beautiful country and making life-long friends with other car enthusiasts.

Interment will be at San Joaquin Valley National Cemetery in Gustine, CA.

The family would like to thank Optimal Hospice for the excellent care they provided so he could remain at home. They would also like to say thank you for the moral support from friends that came in the form of flowers, cards and emails during Bob’s illness.  

Kathy and daughter, Debbie are forming a team to walk in the Avon Two-Day Breast Cancer event in remembrance of Bob. Please contact Kathy if interested in participating in the walk or to make a donation.
Manteca (Calif.) Bulletin
Saturday, Feb. 5, 2011