Peter R. “Bob” Ethington, 84, passed away Oct. 27 at Royal Park Care Center in Spokane, Wash., succumbing to complications of a stroke suffered Sept. 16.

Bob was born March 19, 1929 in Casa Grande, Ariz., the last of seven children born to Peter H. and Anna T. (Phillips) Ethington. He also was their last surviving child.

Bob grew up on his parents’ farm west of Casa Grande. He attended Fork Union Military Academy in Virginia. He went on to graduate from Casa Grande Union High School before attending the University of Arizona and graduating from Arizona State University. He taught at Casa Grande junior high school before retiring and moving to Ahwatukee in 1986. During the 1960s he also served on the Grand Canyon College (now University) Board of Trustees.

He and wife, Melba, who celebrated their 65th anniversary Sept. 2, spent their summers in Spokane to be near their son, Rob, and his daughter, Amber.

In addition to Melba and Rob, he is survived by their daughter, Jennifer Garcia, and her husband, Chuck, of Chiang Mai, Thailand; five grandchildren and two great-grandchildren.

He will always be remembered by his family for his sense of humor, generosity and compassion.

The family asks that those wanting to remember Bob feel free to make donations in his name to Arthritis Foundation Inc., 1330 W. Peachtree St., Suite 100, Atlanta, Ga., 30309-2943. There will be a memorial gathering for Bob’s friends and family at their Ahwatukee home from 2 to 4 p.m. on Saturday, Dec. 21.

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