Robert Elbrader Obituary

Robert Earl  Elbrader
Robert Earl Elbrader

August 16, 1930 - September 4, 2017
Born in Cheyenne, Wyoming
Resided in Sunset, Utah
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Robert Earl Elbrader
August 16, 1930 - September 4, 2017

Husband, best friend, companion, sharer of dreams, father, grandfather, great grandfather, brother and brother-in-law: all titles given to a man whose life we celebrate with joy, and who was brave and courageous to the end. We will miss you Robert, but you will always be with us in the sound of your laughter, your sarcastic wit, and your spirit of adventure.
Robert was born in Cheyenne, WY. and was raised in Pocatello, ID. It was always a source of pride for him to serve his country in the Navy during the end of WWII. He served as a diver in the South Pacific and was later honorably discharged. After the Navy he worked at China Lake Naval Weapons Station in California for 12 years. Some of his most cherished memories were made there while he continued his love for diving creating a diving club and working with Jacque Cousteau to develop deep water diving technology. In 1967 he moved to Utah where he worked at Hill AFB until his retirement in 1985.
While working at the base, he met the center of his universe, Sharon Allen. They were married on May 5, 1974 under the Greek columns on the campus of ISU. After his retirement, Robert and Sharon enjoyed travelling the world. Their favorite spots included the desert southwest and boating and losing anchors at Flaming Gorge. Being with his family gave him the greatest joy and we will forever have special memories of him reading Zane Grey to his boys while fishing on the boat, chopping wood, and celebrating his favorite holiday, Halloween, by decorating and scaring all the neighbor kids. He was an accomplished wood worker, gardener, and craftsman, always striving for perfection in all that he did. He loved spending time with family camping, watching golf, and football, while rooting for Notre Dame. Every family member has stories to share about his raised eyebrow and the “evil eye” he could flash you in a split second. That look will be forever fondly remembered.
He is survived by the love of his life, Sharon Rae Elbrader; his children, Barry (Diana), Jare (Sue), Tory, David (Patty Carlucci), John (Cheryl Edwards); 13 grandchildren, including the lights of his life who were with him from their beginning until his end, JD, Dalton, Lexi, Ashley, Josh, and Nicole (#1); and many great grandchildren. He is also survived by his brothers Dwayne and James Elbrader.
A special thanks to his many caregivers at Ogden Clinic Grandview and Intermountain Hospice, whose tender loving care gave great comfort to him and his family until the end. Per his request, a celebration of Robert’s life will be held at Capitol Reef when the leaves turn to gold and there’s frost in the air.
Services under the Direction of Myers Roy Mortuary 5865 South 1900 North, Roy, Utah
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