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Posted By Whitney & Murphy On February 15, 2010 @ 10:51 am In Obituary | 19 Comments


A true gentlemen; peacefully passed away on February 12, 2010. Born in Fresno, CA August 8, 1932, son of Nikoli and Rubie Draklich, Bob played football for and graduated from Santa Clara University. Upon graduation he entered the United States Army as an officer with the Honest John Field Artillery Unit in
Germany. After becoming a stock broker with Merrill Lynch, Bob married his best friend Colleen Burns in 1962. Bob and Colleen lived in Fresno and joined the Fort Washington Country Club where he became a 5-time Men’s Golf Club Champion. The Draklich’s moved to Phoenix, AZ in 1970 to manage the Mitchem Jones Brokerage House. They became members of the Arizona Country Club where they met many dear friends and enjoyed very happy times. Bob retired from Piper Jaffray in 2004. His greatest joy was his many family and friends. Bob is survived by: wife Colleen. Sons: Scott and his wife Mae, Nick and his wife Dawn, and Mike and his wife Sarah. Grandchildren: Brandy, Samantha, Nicole, Brittney, Ashley, Taylor, Driana, Ashton, Anthony, and Jake. Great-grandchildren: Jackson and Ashlyn. A Memorial Mass will be held Thursday, February 18, 2010, at 10:00 A.M., at Our Lady of Perpetual Help Church, 7655 E. Main St., Scottsdale, AZ.
In lieu of flowers, the Draklich Family would prefer donations be made to the wonderful people at Hospice of the Valley, 1510 E. Flower St., Phoenix, AZ 85014.

Condolences for the family of “DRAKLICH, ROBERT ERNST”

Condolence from Karyn and Joe Swan on February 15th, 2010 11:21 am

Dear Colleen,
We are so sad to know that Bob lost his valiant fight.
He was such a joy to be around. I am going to miss his
familiar greeting ” how’s it going dumb bitch” or “no negatives”.
Our best to you and your family.

Condolence from Mary Shrake on February 15th, 2010 1:37 pm

Mr Happy Face, that was Bob. Always smiled when he saw you, remembered your name, and had a kind word. I’m so very sorry to hear that he has died, Colleen; I know you will all miss Bob VERY much. Hope to see you and the boys on Thursday. Wishing you hope and love, with Christ’s blessings, Mary Shrake

Condolence from Barbara Beasley-Eggbrouwer on February 15th, 2010 2:55 pm

Some of my happiest family memories were made with Uncle Bob, Aunt Colleen and the boys. I will always remember Uncle Bob laughing and enjoying life to the fullest. When my mom, his sister, passed away – The whole Draklich family came to pay their respects. Spending the evening out with them had all of us in stitches laughing – even the waiter at the restaurant we were dining at remembered them from 2 years prior! Recently when I came to Phoenix and drove with Uncle Bob to their house from the hotel I was staying at, I feared for my life!!! Nick was in the back seat cracking up while i was clutching the arm rest ready to scream! It was so fun watching Bob just tooling along, enjoying the scenery – wow, I’m so glad I was able to spend that day with him and the family. Always the gracious hosts he and Colleen took Nick and I to the country club for lunch. We had dinner at home and I met Mike’s son,Jake, and saw Scott, Mae and their daughter, Brandy. A lot of happy memories were packed into those 12 hours or so I spent with them that day….I’m SO glad I had that day….I love you Uncle Bob and I will never forget you. Even now I can here your voice and your contagious, wonderful laugh. Good-bye for now…love, Barbie

Condolence from Kim Beck Milazzo on February 15th, 2010 3:37 pm

I was so very saddened to see in the paper the passing of Bob. I feel like I have known him my entire life.. Always a smile, a big laugh and such a gentleman. Bob and Colleen were dear friends of my parents, Bud Beck and Lee Nathan. All the laughs, golf games, dancing, and swim meets at Arizona Country Club are memories I will never forget. I thank you for being such great friends to my parents and coming to their services this past year. Colleen, I know that Bob was your soul mate and best friend. Please be assured that he is in heaven with my parents laughing and having that cocktail. All my prayers are with you, your children and grandchildren. Bob will be missed by many, but I’m sure mom and dad will take good care of him. All my love. Kim

Condolence from Cheo and Veronica Morales on February 16th, 2010 9:17 am

Dear Collen and family,
We are so very sorry about Bob. But know that he is in a better place.
Cheo and I were very fortunate to have had Bob as a friend. We will miss him.

Condolence from Cheo and Veronica Morales on February 16th, 2010 9:23 am

Dear Collen and family,
We are so very sorry about Bob. But know that he is in a better place. Cheo and I were very fortunate to have Bob as a friend. We will miss him.

Condolence from Jodele Jody Jones Jordan on February 16th, 2010 5:59 pm

Colleen and family, My condolences on the loss of a wonderful man! Many of my earliest childhood memories involve the Draklich family and my Godfather Bob. I remember the long days at Fort Washington CC, 4th of Julys spent there, and Rubys house with the Goldfish pond! I know that he will be very much missed by all who knew him. My thoughts, prayers, and love are with you.

Condolence from Scott M. Clark on February 17th, 2010 8:04 am

Please accept my sincere condolences.

Condolence from Jim and Suzi Hartman on February 17th, 2010 9:21 am

Dear Colleen,

For so many years we have had so much fun, and laughed and laughed each time we were all together. It was just the thing to do with you and Drake, you guys were something else. The times and stories we experienced were the best, although we are all sworn to secrecy.

Today is tough, and tears came easy because we have lost one of the “truly good guys”. He and Murph were and will always be my mentors, and we will miss him. You already know but we want to again say, he made no secret of his love for you and his family.

God has a place for Drake right next to him because I am sure he likes to laugh as well. You and the kids are in our hearts and prayers.

Condolence from Sandra Christensen on February 17th, 2010 12:43 pm

Colleen and family,
I’m so sorry for your loss. You and your family are in my prayers in this time of grief. May Bob spread his wings in heaven as he did here on earth.

God Bless You,
Sandra Christensen

Condolence from Shawna Perow on February 17th, 2010 1:06 pm

Dear Colleen and family,
I worked with Bob back in 1989-90 at Morgan Stanley in Phoenix. I worked in the operations area there. Colleen not sure if you would remember me, but I always enjoyed the two of you at our office functions. Bob was such a sweet, soft spoken man with great advise on life. Please know that your family is in my prayers as you are going through this difficult time. God Bless you all.

Condolence from Edie & Dan Gruender on February 17th, 2010 3:18 pm

Our thoughts and prayers are with you from the pook.

Condolence from julian and beverly peagler on February 17th, 2010 6:23 pm

Dear Colleen, It was so heartbreaking to read about Bob. It is a tragic loss for all who knew him. We will always remember Bobs wonderful smile and his positive outlook on life. He was very special. Our thoughts and prayers go with you and your family. Love, Beverly and Julian

Condolence from Mori Swoboda & Lori Holloway on February 17th, 2010 11:23 pm

Dear Colleen, We were so sad to read of Bob passing, what a
wonderful couple you made. Words can’t heal your sorrow, but
time well heal your grieve. We all had such wonderful times at
Arizona Country Club together, just hold them in you heart and
it will help, just think of him in heaven with all his friend having a great round of golf God Bless you & your family. Hope
to see you tomorrow. Mori & Lori

Condolence from Bob & Pat Trimaloff on February 18th, 2010 9:06 am

We are very sorry to hear of Bob’s passing. We know how much he has suffered and the family also. His suffering is over now. Our deepest sympathies to Coleen and family.

Condolence from Lynda Coffelt on February 18th, 2010 5:04 pm

Colleen and family,
What a gentleman Bob was and always had a kind word for everyone. He loved the game of golf but never prided himself as an excellent golfer (but we knew he was!) He had great pride in Ariz. C.C. and the two filled the club with laughter and joy. He was a great husband and father and he is sitting next to the father in heaven. Please know that we will be missed by many and remember all the good and memories he provided.

Condolence from Samantha Green on February 19th, 2010 7:40 am

i love you and miss you! i know that you are in a better place and dont worry too much about Grandma because we’ll take care of her. You have fun playing golf on your own tee time! miss ya love ya and as always im perfect and no negatives!!!

Love Samantha!

Condolence from Natalie Barajas on February 19th, 2010 9:19 am

Grandma Colleen
I know you don’t know me very well but I have always enjoyed my time coming over to your house with Samantha. All those times i came over to see you both and find Grandpa Bob vaccuming away saying “Gotta Get my chores done so I can get gone!” always made me laugh. I was very sorry to hear that he had passed away, but through my own experience i know that you are sad that he is no longer here; but also glad in the fact that he is no longer in any pain.

My family and I will keep you in our prayers

Condolence from Alan and Robin Zenner on February 25th, 2010 11:04 am

Our hearts go out to the entire family. We felt he was such a wonderful man. We have missed them as neighbors.
Letting you know we still think of you often and our door is always open. Alan and Robin Zenner (still in the old Kelly house)

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