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Obituary: Robert Martin Bonesteel

Robert Martin Bonesteel, aged 74, passed away on the 4th of April, 2012 in Reno. He was born on the 20th of November, 1937 in Akron, Ohio to May and Howard Bonesteel.

Robert is survived and mourned by his wife Hildegard, their two sons Mark and Erik and their two families and his sister Maureen Franzmathes. Robert was a Material Science Engineer with a Bachelor of Science degree from the University of California, Berkley and a Master of Science degree from Stanford University. He was a member of the academic honor society Phi Beta Kappa.

Robert worked at Lockheed Martin on various missile projects for national defense purposes. While living in Cupertino, he purchased his first family home, which he remodeled and had a swimming pool added. Robert was compelled by Hildegard and especially by her German family to move to Germany, where he took over the management of the family business. He took charge of the 100 year old company, which produced cable beads for the tire industry.

Robert and Hildegard took property of a foundry, which was a sister company and produced precision castings and moldings for various Automobile companies like Mercedes Benz, Porche, VW and Opel. Other business clients included Grohe, Kohler, Kenner and Many other industries.

While in Germany, Robert learned fluent German, built a beautiful house in Ihmert, a picturesque village near Iserlohn in Westfalen. In 1980 Robert built a solar heated vacation house on a long held investment property in Incline Village, NV which he later expanded to accommodate his family when they moved back to the US in 1985. Robert built his final house in 1994 when he acquired a rare double lot in Incline Village.

Robert enjoyed skiing with his family, endless numbers home improvement projects and his Labrador Nugget.

With lots of love, until we are reunited,

Hildegard Bonesteel


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Tahoe Daily Tribune Updated Apr 25, 2012 01:28PM Published Apr 25, 2012 01:27PM Copyright 2012 Tahoe Daily Tribune. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.