Robert W. Roseth
Robert W. Roseth died on December 12, 2013 at Oakmont Senior Living in Chino
Hills where he was receiving hospice care for Parkinson's Disease. Bob's family was with him in the hours leading up to his death.
Bob was born in Decorah, Iowa to James and Marjorie Roseth on March 11, 1941. At the conclusion of WWII, the Roseth family moved to Fresno, CA where
Bob attended school through the 9th grade. The Roseths moved to China Lake during the summer of 1956. Bob attended Burroughs High School and was a member of the graduating class of 1959, the last Burroughs class to graduate from the "old" campus on the base. Bob played varsity football and baseball and graduated as co-valedictorian of his class. He attended UCLA as a freshman on a football scholarship. He transferred to UC Davis after one year, where he also played football. He and carolyn Barker, who met as sophomores at Burroughs, were married on January 28, 1961 at the All Faith Chapel.
Bob graduated with honors from UC Davis in 1963 with a bachelors degree in U.S. History. He then joined the U.S. Air Force and completed Officer's Training School at Lackland AFB, Texas, where he was commissioned a second lieutenant.
Bob served in the Air Force for 5-1/2 years, including a one-year tour at remote sites in Thailand during 1966-1967. Bob resigned his commission with the rank of captain in 1968. He used the G.I. bill to earn his secondary teaching credential and Master's degree in Education at Cal Poly San Luis Obispo. He later earned his Master's Degree in History at the University of Northern Colorado.
Bob began his teaching career as a history teacher and freshman football coach at Burroughs High School in September of 1969. Bob taught at Burroughs for 34 years. He coached football at all levels during 25 years of that time, including 5 years as head varsity coach. Bob was as enthusiastic about teaching as he was about coaching. He taught U.S. History, American Government, and Advanced Placement U.S. History. His classroom walls were covered with both football team posters and the names of the AP students who had scored high grades on the annual AP exam. He saw great value in both the academic and the athletic.
Bob retired from Burroughs in June of 2003.
Bob was an avid reader-especially of books dealing with U.S. History. He also loved all forms of physical activity. He liked to run with his dog, Barney, hike in the hills and, when arthritis in his knees was bad, he turned to cycling. Bob was struck by a car while bicycling along the shoulder of Trona Road in October of 2008. During the long recovery from the severe concussion he suffered in that accident, he was diagnosed with Parkinson's disease--which some recent studies now link to post concussion syndrome. Bob is survived by his wife of 53 years, Carolyn, and his two daughters, Robin Daly, and Jennifer Puente. He has 5 grandchildren, Zach and Mark Daly, and Jordan, Ellie and Kate Puente. He is also survived by his brother and sister-in-law, John and Darlene Roseth, and his aunts, Ruth Heimdahl and Phyllis Sampson, and an uncle, John Bridell.
Bob asked that no public funeral or memorial service be held after his death. He chose to be cremated and his ashes will be interred at Bakersfield Veterans Cemetery located in the rolling hills between Tehachapi and Bakersfield at a time when family can be present.