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Apr 12, 2013 - Staff
Robert "Bob" Faulkner died Saturday, March 9, 2013, at his home in Annandale, Va., surrounded by his family. He was 74 years old.
Services have taken place.
Robert Faulkner was born Jan. 28, 1939, in Lander, the son of Art and Edith (McLaughlin) Faulkner and was the youngest of three children. As a child, he like to ride in the salt troughs in the bed of the truck and would often fall asleep as the sheep were tended. He spent many summers at the family homestead on Strawberry Creek at Lewis Town, east of South Pass.
Mr. Faulkner began working at the age of 14 as a bellboy at the Noble Hotel in Lander and as a car washer at Fremont Motor Company when he was 15.
He graduated from Fremont County Vocational High School in May 1957. He then attended Los Angeles City College and studied business administration. He enlisted in the Army in 1961. His service took him to Hawaii, Iran and Saudi Arabia.
While in Tehran, Iran, he met Roubina (Ruby) Yekyazarian. They married in 1965 in Tehran, Iran, and moved to Riverton after Mr. Faulkner received an honorable discharge in 1966.
He worked as a finance associate for several years in Idaho Falls, Idaho, before deciding to re-enlist in the Army, which took him and his family to Arlington, Va. He retired from active duty in 1984. He worked in civil service for the Defense Logistics Agency at Fort Belvoir, Va., until 2005.
He occasionally visited his family in Fremont County and even traveled for a few days on the Wyoming Centennial Wagon Train in 1990.
His family said he was a devoted husband and father, a loving grandfather and caring brother and uncle. He cherished his grandchildren; they filled his life with joy and kept him busy during retirement.
He is survived by his wife, Ruby Faulkner of Annandale, Va.; son Cord Faulkner of Fairfax, Va.; daughter Rene Faulkner-MacDonagh and her husband Chris; grandchildren Caitlin, Christian and Colin of Mclean, Va.; sister Mary Alberta Longtine Whitlock of Riverton; brother Chuck Faulkner and his wife Florence of Lander; nephew Charlie Whitlock and his companion Ellen Peternal of Eight Mile; niece Kelly Wayne of Cheyenne; great-nieces Stacey Wayne, Chesnie Witlock and Trisha Hanson and her husband Luke; great-nephew Challis Witlock; great-great-nephews Xzavier Trey Edson and Cord Hanson of Cheyenne; and great-great-niece Jordi Edson of Elko, Nev.