Robert Louis TenBrook
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Robert Louis TenBrook
  • September 20, 1931 - October 5, 2017
  • Thousand Oaks, California

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Robert Louis TenBrook passed away peacefully on October 5, 2017 in Thousand Oaks, CA after a long battle with Parkinson's disease, he was 86.

Robert was born on September 20, 1931 in West Chester, PA to Freda and John TenBrook. His mother died when he was 4 years old leaving him and his sister Jacqueline, under his father's care. His grandparents Sarah and Abram TenBrook moved from Oregon to Pennsylvania to help raise the young family.

His father remarried and the family grew to include Robert, Jacqueline and their three brothers Jim, John & Don. Later the family moved to a home in rural Millville, New Jersey. Situated midway between Atlantic City NJ and Delaware Bay. Robert flourished in a life of fishing, boating and raising dogs. He graduated from Millville High School in the spring of 1949.

In 1950 Robert joined the US Marine Corps and attended basic training at MCRD Parris Island in South Carolina. He was then assigned to Infantry training at Camp Pendleton, in Oceanside CA, prior to his deployment to combat operations in Korea. Upon completion of his Korean deployment, he returned to a training assignment at Camp Pendleton. Robert was honorably discharged from the Marine Corps after four years of service in 1954.

His lifetime passion was his family and the community. He served for 25 years as a Reserve Deputy Sheriff with the Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department assigned to the Santa Clarita Search & Rescue Team.

In 1978 Robert Joined the U. S. Coast Guard Reserve as a Petty Officer 2nd Class. In 1985 Robert was awarded the U. S. Coast Guard Achievement medal for his role in the rescue of a subject who fell overboard from his boat and was drifting in the ocean

In 2012 as a result of his combined military service and dedication to the Marine Corps League he was awarded the Leagues (President Ronald Reagan Detachment #597) Life Time Achievement Award for service to his country, the Marine Corps League and other Veteran organizations.

His hobbies included bicycling, wood carving and in his younger days he raced motorcycles & competed competitively in the American Powerboat Association's outboard hydroplane racing Division. His working career also fulfilled his passion of diesel mechanics. He retired from the City of Los Angeles's large vehicle maintenance department where he was a diesel mechanic.

He is survived by his wife Janice, his four children, Jim, Bob, Freda & Jeff along with numerous grandchildren & great grandchildren.

A memorial service followed by burial will take place at Pierce Brothers Cemetery in Westlake Village, CA at 10:00 AM on October 28, 2017. All are welcome to attend and celebrate Robert's life. In lieu of flowers, please donate to the Marine Corps League.

Arrangements under the direction of Pierce Brothers Valley Oaks Mortuary, Westlake Village, CA.