Robert E. Koedel

Robert E. Koedel

April 22, 1951 - April 04, 2013

Robert E. Koedel

April 22, 1951 - April 04, 2013


Robert E. Koedel went home to the Lord: April 4, 2013.

Robert E. Koedel, 61, of Trabuco Canyon passed away on Thursday, April 4th, 2013 surrounded by his family. Bob fought a strong, courageous, and brief battle with pancreatic cancer.

He was born April 22, 1951, the beloved son of Frederick H. and Ethel G (Berrie) Koedel in Natrona Heights, Pennsylvania, a suburb of Pittsburgh.

Bob graduated in 1969 from Leechburg Area High School where he was active in the marching band playing the trumpet. He graduated from Robert Morris University in 1973 with a Bachelors degree in Business Administration. Bob worked during high school and college at a local car dealership. His passion for cars led to a life long career in the automotive industry working first for Ford Motor Company and then with Nissan North America until his retirement in 2012. His career took him and his family on a journey across much of the United States living in 14 different locations, but Bob considered the Orange County area “home”.

Bob married Linda Dorsey, the love of his life and everlasting sweetheart, on November 2, 1974. They had two wonderful sons, Douglas and Michael, who also live nearby.

Outside of work, Bob enjoyed golfing, spending time with his family and many Nissan friends, as well as delighting in the antics of his young grandchildren. All of Bob’s family and friends were very important to him, especially his devoted wife Linda, his sons, their wives, and his grandchildren to whom he was “Grandpa” or “Pop-Pop.” No matter where Bob lived, he was an avid Pittsburgh Steeler fan proudly wearing black and gold and glued to the television on game days.

Bob was a man dedicated to his family and passionate about his career. He touched the lives of many people and was loved and respected by all who had the privilege of knowing him.

Bob is survived by his wife, Linda; children Douglas (Monica) and Michael (Christine), with 8 grandchildren, Mya, Tyson, Grady, Brooklyn, Dylan Koedel and Steven, Melanie, Sara Hauver, all of Orange County, CA. Bob’s sister Judi (Robert) Stevens of Crystal Lake, IL with their 3 children, Tyler, Kirsten & Brett; sister-in-law Debbie Johnson with her 2 children, Nelson & Anne; and brother-in-law Daniel (Linda) Dorsey III with their 2 children, Daniel & Craig. Bob is also survived by his Aunt Elizabeth Blom of Leechburg, PA and cousins Rebecca (Randy) Ferrar, Carol Simcox and James (Geri) Grine. Bob was preceded in death by his parents Frederick and Ethel Koedel.

Visitation will be Tuesday, April 9th from 7:00 – 9:00pm and Funeral will be Wednesday, April 10th at 4:00pm, both at O’Connor Mortuary in Laguna Hills, CA.

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15 responses to Robert E. Koedel

  1. Bob Seale says:


    We are so sad to hear of Bob’s passing last week. We feel lucky to have known him and to call him a friend. He was such a good man; he brought out the best in others and most of all, his devotion to you and his family was nothing short of inspiring. It is with this thought that we will always remember him.

    Eileen and Bob Seale

  2. Les Carnahan says:

    Bob was a great classmate and near neighbor since we lived on the same street. We often walked to school together except when we were trying to date the same girlfriend. I certainly remember Bob in the band playing the trumpet and easily spotted since he was a head taller than everyone else. It’s not surprising he followed his dream around cars after growing up a few houses away from the car dealership where he worked. He will be missed as a member of the great Leechburg Class of ’69. My warmest thoughts and prayers are with the Koedel family during this difficult time. Les Carnahan

  3. Tom Elliott says:

    I am proud to have had Bob as a friend as we grew up. The memory of the pick-up football games we played in the field on the far side of the Hyde Park walking bridge makes me smile. I can honestly say that I never heard a bad word spoken regarding Bob. My deepest sympathy to the Koedel family. You are all in my prayers. Tom Elliott

  4. anne says:

    dear uncle bob you were a great caring and loven uncle and i will always remember you there will always be a place for you in my heart…i love and miss you so very much<3

  5. anne says:

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