Robert Warren Sowden Jr, Bob to all who knew him, passed away on November 1, 2020 in Vero Beach, Florida at the age of 70.
Bob is survived by his wife, Karen; daughters, Zebe (Marc) Alfano and Ailena (Pat) Patterson; grandchildren Logan, Kaitlyn (Corey), Garrett, Tristan, Alison and Braeden; sister Nanci Schreier Donhoff; the mother of his children Brenda Becker; nieces and nephews Chuck (Carrie), Paiton (Troy), Tiffany (Shawn), Joshua, Charity, and Sarah (Asa); stepsister, Julie and half sister Carole; and his stepmother Elizabeth Sowden and her 8 sons and daughters. He is preceded in death by his mother and father, Polly Ann and Bob Sowden.
Bob was born on October 13, 1950 in Wiesbaden, Germany. He graduated from Florida Technological University (now University of Central Florida) in 1976 with a degree in Mechanical Engineering. After moving to Melbourne, Florida, Bob began working for Harris Corporation as a Systems Engineer retiring after over 30 years. He was blessed with two daughters, Zebe and Ailena. He was a Vietnam Veteran serving in the Army. He married Karen Bargman Knockel in 2007 living in Vero Beach, Florida.
Bob was a devoted father. He coached his daughters’ softball teams forming a special bond with all the girls he coached along the way. With his daughters by his side, he loved watching sports, listening to music and going to games at Dodgertown. Bob was an avid boater and member of the Melbourne Yacht Club. Known as Captain Bob to many, he sailed extensively racing various sailboats locally and regionally. With his wife Karen they cruised Florida and the Bahamas making nearly 20 crossings to enjoy the Abacos. Bob loved spending time with his family and friends, golfing and traveling cross country in his Corvette.
His granddaughter Kaitlyn expressed what we all feel so deeply: It is so hard to say goodbye to someone you have never known life without. Papa, I know you are holding up a glass of Jameson right now in heaven, so cheers to you, a man who has been there for every single life event, a wonderful, caring and patient father to his two crazy daughters, a proud papa that passed along his love of fishing, boating, baseball, Corvette rides and blueberry pancakes to each of his 6 grandchildren, a loving husband to Karen, a smart ass friend and brother who was never short of a witty response and lastly, a soon to be great-grandfather (credit to Logan and Taylor). We are all so thankful for how you have taken care of us throughout the years and I hope you know how much we all love and appreciate you. I also hope you have Jimmy Buffet on repeat and are wasting away in Margaritaville! You are deeply loved and will forever be missed.
The family requests that you leave memories and stories of Bob to share on his memorial site, https://www.forevermissed.com/robert-warren-sowdenjr/about.
Bob wanted to be memorialized at sea and for his family and friends to celebrate his life. Plans for these events are being made. Details will be posted on the website above as plans are finalized.
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