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Obituary: Robert Gene Larkins

12/24/57 ~ 10/6/04

Beloved son, brother and uncle, Robert Gene Larkins, 46, passed away Wednesday, October 6, 2004, at his home in Goshen, Utah.

Bobby was born December 24, 1957, in Riverside, California. He was the fifth of six children; third son of four, born to Robert A. and Jean Larkins of Alpine, Utah.

Bobby attended Liberty Elementary, Chemawa Jr. High, and Ramona High School in Arlington, California.

Bobby's passion was anything that would go FAST. When he was 14 years old, the local police pulled him over and issued him a citation for going above the speed limit on his bicycle. He loved to race cars; one of his favorites being a "1961 Dodge Charger."

Many people, especially relatives, respectfully referred to Bobby as, "McGuiver." He could fix EVERYTHING with almost ANYTHING; his specialty being cars and motorcycles. Many times he would receive telephone calls where the caller would ask Bobby to "listen" to the noise their vehicle was making. He was very adept at diagnosing the problem and would tell the caller just what they needed to do to fix it.

Bobby was an incredible human being. He was the type of person who would give you the shirt off his back if he thought you needed it more than himself. He would have died a rich man if he had chosen to charge "the going rate" for all the vehicle repairs he made for people. But instead, he chose to serve those who couldn't afford to pay.

He will be greatly missed by so many. His absence has already been felt, and will continue to leave an empty space in our existence. We loved him dearly!

Bobby will be reunited in heaven by many loved ones who have gone on before him; including his older brother Timothy Fred, who passed away December 12, 2002. Also, his beloved dog, Patches.

He is survived by his parents, and siblings, Judy (Jack) Tatum, Albany, Oregon; Rodney Larkins (and the late Gloria Larkins), Ogden Utah; Nancy (Mark) Peterson, Alpine, Utah; John (Desra) Larkins, Albany, Oregon; also, many nephews, nieces and friends, who will miss his humor, advice and presence.

A special thank you to Mr. Bruce Hansen for his beautiful bagpipe music. Also, our appreciation to the Warenski Funeral Home for their assistance.

May we all be reminded that: "EARTH HATH NO SORROW THAT HEAVEN CANNOT HEAL."

Sir Thomas Moore.

Dear Bobby, we celebrate your life and the great love you shared with us. We know that we shall see you again in time.

Funeral services for Robert will be held Monday, October 11, 2004 at 11:00 a.m., in the Warenski Funeral Home Chapel. 1776 North 900 East, American Fork, Utah (located four blocks north of the Mt. Timpanogos Temple). Family and friends are invited to call, from 10:00 to 11:00 a.m. Interment for Robert will take place immediately following his funeral service at the Alpine City Cemetery, located at 350 North Grove Street, Alpine, Utah.