Robert “Bob” Yahnel was born on June 4, 1935, in Helmetta, New Jersey, to Auto and Hazel Yahnel. He died on October 16, 2017, surrounded by his family.
Bob Yahnel was a Master Mason of 50-plus years with the Suisun Lodge No. 55 of the Free Masons of California.
Bob was married to Dene Stewart Yahnel since October 15, 2004. He served in the U.S. Navy during the Korean War. He was a flyboy and an Aviation Structural Mechanic 3rd Class USNR. He earned his Master’s and Doctorate in California and spent most of his career as a professor of math and physics and retired as dean and then college administrator at the Solano Community College in California.
Bob loved spending his time outdoors working on jobs around the house and yard, but most especially, he enjoyed spending time with his grandkids and his wife and kids.
Bob leaves behind his stepchildren, whom he called “his own”; his daughter, Keera Gritts, and her children, Tiger and Aescli Evans; his son Mingo Gritts, with his wife Brandy and their children Veda, Zeke and Willow Gritts and Sant King; and his son Eli Gritts and Tabby Gritts, along with their kids Kyha, Kelsey, and Josh Rain Gritts. He also leaves behind his sweetheart and love of his life, Dene Stewart Yahnel, with whom he got to celebrate their 13-year wedding anniversary just the day before he died. He was a wonderful man, very wise and kind with a big heart.
At Bob’s request, cremation has taken place and a military graveside service will be held at a later date.
Condolences may be sent to the family at www.SpanishValleyMortuary.com.