In Memory

Robert L. Armantrout

Robert L. Armantrout

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01/08/16 12:20 PM #1    

Diane Gardner (Quinn)

Bob was so lively and engaged at our 50th reunion. It was thoughtful of him to have a bottle of champaign placed at each table for the dinner. Bob, thanks for the memories.

01/08/16 02:57 PM #2    

Patricia S. Lutz (Robison)

Bob was in my first and second grade class at the old Irving School--great memories of all those classmates.  It was fun to chat with him and his brother at our 50th Reunion.

Patti Robison



01/08/16 06:23 PM #3    

Dennis R. Thrush

Very sad to hear of Bob's passing. Great guy, had a lot of fun together. R.I.P. Bob.

01/21/16 03:33 PM #4    

Johanne M. Herr (Coleson)

Bob was such a great classmate.  I remember his father had Zender-Conn music store.  A good place to buy musical instruments.  I still have the empty bottle of champagne that he brought & shared with all of us.  We have some memories of his father, Hank, who played string bass.  Bob played guitar too.  Let their music live on!  My husband is a fabulous musician & remembers his father & many that played with him.  Ernie's brother, Ray Coleson had an orchestra in Lima for many years.  Rest in peace, Bob!

01/22/16 07:42 AM #5    

Paul D. Huffer

I remember Bod. Many years of great times while in school. Every thing from cave exsploring to room mates while at Ohio State. We came togeather after school while living in Denver, Colorado.

I will miss him....

Paul Huffer


02/04/16 04:35 PM #6    

Dennis McKinley

You will be missed Bob ; thought about the good times we had together in school and at the pool in the summer.

RIP good friend!


08/20/16 08:35 AM #7    

Ray Shaner

08/24/16 08:51 AM #8    

Ray Shaner


NEWPORT BEACH, Calif. — Robert L. Armantrout passed away on 29 December 2015 at Hoag Memorial Hospital in Newport Beach, California.

He was born on 2 April 1943 in Lima, Ohio, to Henry W. Armantrout and Dorothy Ann (Foltz) Armantrout, as one of three brothers. Bob graduated with the Lima Senior High Class of 1961 and then attended Ohio State University. He later moved with his parents in 1962 to Southern California, where he found work with a title company in Los Angeles and was recognized for his attention to detail.

His father, who was a big band leader and owner of the Zender Music Store in Lima, helped Bob to learn to play jazz on the acoustic guitar. Bob joined a small combo led by organist, Lee Durley, and traveled up and down California with the "Three Easy Pieces" group playing at various night clubs. Realizing the limitations of what he could earn as a road musician, he then found work "running title" for an oil and gas lease acquisition firm in California that later led to his becoming an independent title consultant.

Bob consulted for many companies of varying sizes including Buttes Resources, Exxon, Mobil Oil and finally The Termo Company in Long Beach, California. In the early years, his consulting work required him to be on the road more often than not, tackling projects as varied and widespread as oil and gas plays in Washington, geothermal in Nevada, coal in North Dakota, rights of way in Connecticut, and uranium in New Mexico. During later years, he enjoyed a steady diet of desk jobs in Denver, Houston and Long Beach working on oil and gas projects.

Bob will be sorely missed in many ways, not the least of which was his ever-present sense of humor. He resided in Costa Mesa, California, from 1999 – 2015 and is survived by an elder brother, Jon Armantrout of Mountain View, California. He was predeceased by a younger brother, James Armantrout in 2010, his mother, Dottie Armantrout in 2010 and his father, Hank Armantrout in 2007, of Costa Mesa, California. Bob was a life member of Orange County Musicians' Association Local 7, American Federation of Musicians.

Bob made many friends throughout the country wherever he went. He was always first to raise a toast to the good times that carried him through thick and thin. He loved being able to finally move back to Orange County to help care for his parents in their later years and his younger brother. His family was well known in local music circles since his father was a former President of Local 7, AFM.

A celebration of his life is being planned for 2 April 2016 at noon at the Karl Strauss Brewing Company in Costa Mesa.

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