Bob was born in Chicago, Illnois to Charles and Antoinette Parelli. He went to Kelly H.S. in Illnois, and graduated from Coronado H.S. in Scottsdale, Az. It was here where he met Charne’ Thompson. They met on a blind date, and as mom tells us, ??been together ever since??.They married in 1968 and moved to Los Alamitos, California. He joined the Marine Reserves and was an orderly at St. Mary’s Hospital in Long Beach. He really enjoyed working and being in the hospital setting and entered the x-ray program at St. Mary’s.
In 1971, they had their son, Joe, and in 1974, welcomed their daughter, Dawne’. After graduating from the program, he worked at Los Alamitos Hospital while continuing his education and receiving his masters degree at Long Beach State.
In 1978, the family moved to Lake Forest, California, became a professor at Cypress College and was the director of the Radiologic Technology program. He loved his job and enjoyed teaching. He was an animated and enthusiastic professor that made x-ray physics bearable and interesting. When going to work, he would often say, ?I am going to feed the plants??
He was a husband, father, grandfather, director, professor, and a published author of technical books, workbooks, and laboratory manuals.
All of these accomplishments pales in comparison to his true love and that is his family. He loved being around them and spending quality time with them. Family vacations, lazy days at the pool with his grandkids, countless gatherings for dinner?
Finally, the sweetest of all memories, is the day he accepted Jesus as his savior! In December 8, 2008, he and Charne’ were baptized at MVCC. Every morning he dedicated his time to feast on the Word of God. He knew what awaited him and that is why his last words were ? I am not afraid.? This is where we find our comfort. Knowing that one day we will see him again in heaven when He calls us home.