Robert (Bob) Eavenson, 84, a longtime resident of Rio Rancho, New Mexico, passed away, peacefully at home, on Wednesday, May 17, 2023, on the 30th anniversary of his mother’s passing.
Bob was born on Saturday, June 4, 1938, in a cabin in Tererro, New Mexico, where his father worked in the mine. His family later moved to Albuquerque where he grew up in the North Valley and attended Valley High School. After graduation, in 1957, he joined the Army.
It was during Bob’s service in the United States Army, in 1957-1960, that he began his career as a Lineman. After his service, he went on to work as a Lineman for Public Service Company. He retired from PNM, after 26 years, in 1986 and started his own business in the electrical industry.
Following in his father, Carrol’s, footsteps, Bob was a proud 65-year member of the International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers, IBEW Local 611.
Bob is survived by his wife of 27 years, Patricia (Pat) Hardee Eavenson, his children, Stephen Eavenson and wife Edna, of Tucson, Arizona, Kimberly Garcia and husband Rodney, of Albuquerque, New Mexico, Jacque Silva and husband Phillip, of Edgewood, NM, Shannon Eavenson and wife Tamara, of Rio Rancho, NM, Sandra Modica and husband David, of Corrales, NM, John Morrow of Tolleson, AZ, and Darcey Barakat and husband Fadi of Gilbert, AZ.
He is, also, survived by his sister Nancy Fortenbury and husband Ed, of Rio Rancho, NM, brother Rickey Eavenson and wife Pauline of Rio Rancho, NM, and sister Betty Jean Gessner and husband Fred of Albuquerque, NM, 18 grandchildren, 23 great-grandchildren and 14 nieces and nephews.
Proceeding Bob in death was his first wife of 26 years and the mother to his five children, Judith (Judy) McLeod Eavenson, his parents Carrol and Ruby Mae Eavenson, his sister Freda Blain, his nephew Henry Blain and niece Jennifer Oliver.
Bob loved his family dearly and enjoyed spending time with his grand and great-grandchildren. He loved being in the outdoors, be it a lake or the mountains. He loved hunting and fishing with his friends and family and was a stickler for keeping our wilderness clean.
He was quick witted and loved flirting with the ladies. One of his greatest passions was having an ice cold Budweiser with his family and friends. We will all miss our “Buds with Bob”.
A Celebration of Life will be held for Bob on what would have been his 85th birthday.
Sunday, June 4, 2023, 1:00 p.m. – 5:00 p.m.
Italian America Association
1565 Stephanie Rd SE, Rio Rancho, NM 87124