Bob was born Sept. 16, 1949 in Tooele, Utah to Sam and Delma Anderson Shields. He grew up in Tooele and graduated from Tooele High School and attended college in Cedar City, Utah. He married Claudia Parker on July 7, 1990 in Elko, Nev.
Bob worked in the Salt Lake area, later working for the Utah state liquor department as manager of the Tooele and Moab stores for 28 years, retiring in 2012. Being a history and book lover, and after reading every book in the Moab Library, he took a part-time job for four more years. Bob loved to joke around and was very quick on the comeback. His mother said he would tell her jokes when he was very young and say, “get it, mom?” She did, but wasn’t sure he did.
He is survived by his wife Claudia and her sons, Sean, Jeff and Adam Cox; his sister Nancy Shields Kobler of Santa Rosa, Calif., and his nephew David Ekenstam of Tooele.
Bob was preceded in death by his parents, his twin brother Sam, his sister Jessie Ekenstam, and a stepson Jacob Cox. Many thanks go to Claudia for caring for Bob during his 24 years of heart problems.
A viewing was held Tuesday, Feb. 13 at Spanish Valley Mortuary in Moab. A service will be held Friday, Feb. 16 at 12 p.m., at Tate Mortuary in Tooele, followed by burial at the Tooele City Cemetery.
Condolences may be sent to the family at www.spanishvalleymortuary.com