MISSOULA — Robert “Bob” Douglas Chalmers, 75, of Missoula was welcomed to heaven in the loving arms of his bride and love of his life Carol on Wednesday, Nov. 8, 2017.
Bob, Bobby as a child, was a Christmas Baby, born on Dec. 24, 1941, to Douglas and Catherine Chalmers in Shawmut, and was the oldest of three brothers.
Bob married Carol Ann Cain on Sept. 16, 1961. They lived in San Diego, California, Pullman, Washington, and finally settling in Lolo, raising their four children.
Bob served in the Navy from 1961 to 1965 and was honorably discharged. He was a welder, mechanic and truck driver working for Washington Construction, Frontier Equipment (where he was part of the team that built the Alaska Pipeline), Missoula Cartage and Missoula Freightliner.
Bob was an amazing son, brother, father and husband. He a great love for all dogs and Labrador retrievers held his heart. He and Carol doted on their yellow Lab Topaz and black Lab Jake as though they were their children. He enjoyed horseback riding, camping, fishing and hunting. He also enjoyed a good game of pinnacle or cribbage and spending time with family and friends. He was an avid reader of the daily Missoulian and working the crossword puzzle.
Bob was preceded in death by his father, Douglas Chalmers, mother Catherine Chalmers, wife Carol Chalmers, brother Kenneth Chalmers and infant son Jeffrey Chalmers.
Bob is survived by his brother James Chalmers (Vickie) Albion, Washington, sister-in-law Bonnie Guettinger (Ron) Fairbanks, Alaska, son Mark Chalmers Pullman, Washington, son Robert L. Chalmers (Sarah) Lolo, daughter Julie Pember (Neal) Kent, Washington and son Joe Chalmers (Danyel) Missoula. Four grandsons, Scott Chalmers (Sara) Bonney Lake, Washington, Rob W. Chalmers Missoula, Travis Chalmers Winnemucca, Nevada, and Josh Chalmers (Jessica) Albion, Washington. Two granddaughters Payton Pre Chalmers Missoula and Lilly Chalmers Pullman, Washington. Seven great-grandsons Damin and Devin Chalmers Bonney Lake, Washington, Jakob and Tommy Chalmers Reno, Nevada, and Duke, Liam and Decker Chalmers Albion, Washington. Two great-granddaughters Alexia Brant, Arlee, and Payton R. Chalmers Missoula, as well as several nieces and nephews.
His family is heartbroken by their loss, but are comforted that Bob is now with his wife Carol and their pups. A family dedication and Naval honor ceremony will take place at a later date at the Tahoma National Cemetery in Maple Valley, Washington, where Bob and Carol will be laid to rest.