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Orbie Ermine “Bob” Estelle

Posted: Monday, Jan 14th, 2013




Orbie Ermine “Bob” Estelle, 90, died peacefully Sunday, Jan. 6, 2013 at home. After a long, adventurous life, he departed on his final trip to be reunited with the love of his life, Ruby and son, David.

Orbie was born and raised on a small farm in Oklahoma without electricity or running water.

While serving in the U.S. Air Force during World War II, he met Ruby in Kansas, married her and they moved to Southern California to start a family.

There he co-founded Wilkins Regulator Company, which later relocated to Paso Robles. Orbie and Ruby fell in love with the town and its people, where they farmed, traveled and lived out their days.

Orbie’s lifelong loves were his family, friends, church, American Legion, Lions, volunteering, fruit, sports and poker.

Orbie is survived by his son, Robert V. Estelle (Barbara); grandchildren Nick Estelle and Jessica Estelle; sister-in-law, Alice Long; and many nieces and nephews.

He was preceded in death by the love of his life, Ruby Estelle; and son, David Estelle.

We all miss you, dad.

A service will be held at 10 a.m. Monday, Jan. 14 at the Kuehl-Nicolay Funeral Chapel, 1703 Spring St. in Paso Robles, followed by a graveside service at the Templeton Cemetery District.

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