S: Robert Lloyd Rabb, SP/UP RR June 1970 - July 2011
FC: Robert Lloyd Rabb SP/UP Railroad Conductor 1970-2011
1: Congratulations on your retirement! We Love You! Gail, Marcy, Des, Stacy, Bobbi, Jenn & Angie Family & Friends
2: Young Bob | Who is Bobby Rabb?
4: Bobby's adventures with his Mother and Father.
6: W | Young Bob With his Grandparents
10: Wild and crazy Bob?!
11: Amphitheater High School Class of 1967
14: June 1970 Bob hires on to the Southern Pacific Railroad.
18: 41 years of service
24: And it began...
25: r | October 23, 1982
26: We've come a long way Baby!
27: Thank You, Bob! I am very fortunate to have met you some 29 years ago. You have made a wonderful life for us and our daughters and I appreciate all of your hard work and ambition to make our family what it is today. I love you, Gail
28: During those 41 years of service... Bob is also a rockin Family Guy
33: A Rabb Tradition | camping | Peck Canyon | Gila Wilderness | Fresno Canyon | Galiuro Wilderness
36: "Never let them beat you mentally" -Dad | Track | "Make them beat your best stuff" -Dad | "Leave it all on the track" -Dad | Jr. Olympics
37: The World of Bob | "Dad-isms" | "Mark my words. That is a fact" | "You play with the bull, you get the horns" | "I refuse to pay low prices" | "It is what it is" | "You're not stuck. It's never too late to make your life better" | "That's as good as it gets" | "Good one" | "You've got to be smarter than the ..." | "The money is in the bank" | "No sniveling" | "Leave it all on the track" | "Whatever" | "Dig deep" | "It's hard to soar like an eagle when you're working with a turkey" | "Listen to your gut and you will have no regrets" | "Mind over matter" | "90% of running is mental" | "Grandma lets me live here" | "It just doesn't matter" | "Money is no object" | "I'm just glad Mercedes weren't on sale!" | "You are in charge of nothing"
39: Dear Dad, The railroad has been a way of life for you since childhood. It was our family’s way of life as well. I learned from watching you go to work on the railroad. As a kid I remember wanting to help you carry your grip or cooler to the truck. I was amazed that you could carry that heavy grip and cooler at the same time; as an adult I understand you carried it much farther than from the house to the truck and as well as while ascending steep engine stairs. You never complained. The railroad changed how our family celebrated special events. Holidays were extra special when you were home on the day they were celebrated and you were missed when you were gone. You knew indulging in a holiday would mean hardship for our family so you went to work when called. You made many sacrifices. I remember hearing the Bronco start up at night as you left for work. Often times I had just gone to bed and knew you had slept only a short time. You had spent the afternoon plumbing so you could buy the running shoes we needed or you were attending our game or track meet instead of going home to sleep. You supported us. You went to work even if you had not slept. Most people would lay-off and sleep all night, but not you; you rarely missed work even when you were sick. You never took the easy way out. I also remember hearing the Bronco accelerate when you turned on to our street headed for home. I was glad you were home. Sometimes I was glad because you would be home for my game/meet the next day, or could settle a dispute (yes, I could keep the pig or no, I had to get rid of the rabbit). Every now and again the sound meant trouble because mom had already told you what I had done while you were on the train. Consequences were not as bad as I made up while waiting for you to come home. You were fair, even on very little sleep. I want to thank you for protecting us, providing for us, and loving us as you have. None of us would be who we are today without your influence, guidance, love, and occasional kick in the rear. I am so happy that you are able to retire from the railroad and move on to doing the things you enjoy! A well-deserved change in lifestyle! I love you, Marcy
40: Always supportive!
41: Congratulations on retiring. Thank you for all you've done for me. You've changed my life. You love me unconditionally, supported my education, and have always given me hope that I can better my life...that "I'm never stuck." Thank you. Thank you for being my dad. I love you, Des
43: Grandpa | Grandpa
45: Dear Dad, Congratulations on your retirement from the railroad! None of us truly know how hard your career has been, both physically and mentally.The sacrifices you've made to keep our family afloat are far beyond most peoples comprehension. I'm so proud to be your daughter. You have taught me to find the person that I want to be and stand strong in that. To listen to my gut, my heart and my mind when contemplating decisions. That alone has helped me become the person that I am today. I admire your integrity, your courage and your inner strength. You are the strongest person that I know and I feel blessed to be in your shadow. Thank you for teaching me to rely on myself and to surround myself with people that are a positive influence because "birds of a feather flock together" as you say. I appreciate the sound advice you have given me throughout all areas of my life. I cherish our relationship and truly admire you as a father, grandfather, confidant and friend. Love, Stacy
46: I want to thank you for all the sacrifices you've made for all of us. I had a blast on all the adventures and travel you made happen for us. You've taught me so much about hard work, staying true to myself, and unconditional love. You love me for me no matter what. Congratulations on 41 years of hard work and dedication. Go take care of yourself and treat yourself like you have done for all of us all these years. I Love You, Dad. Your Favorite Middle Daughter, Bobbi
50: Our journey begins...
51: Dad, Congratulations on retiring! I am so grateful to have you as my father and appreciate all of your hard work through the years to provide for all of us. My life would not be as great as it is without you. I have always appreciated your guidance and support and thank you for leading me in the right directions in life. We have come full circle and I love you so much! Now it is time for you to enjoy yourself and golf everyday! Love you, Jenn
53: C | afjklhgC | C | C | Congratulations on your retirement! 41 years is a long time! The RR kept you away a lot of the time while I was growing up, but I never felt like I missed out on you because when you were in town you made sure to be a part of everything that was going on...it was as if you were never gone at all. I feel very fortunate that I have a Dad like you! You always put us first and taught us the true meaning of family. Not just through words but by example. I want to thank you for doing everything you could to provide for our family! I know you sacrificed a lot for all of us and I am forever grateful! I also want to thank you for being so supportive through the years! It has truly meant a lot to me and my family. May this next chapter of your life be the most rewarding and enjoyable......with the grandkids!!! Angie
56: 41 years of railroading, 6 children raised... What will Bob do now?
57: Did someone say GOLF?
58: WE | LOVE | YOU | Grandpa!
59: Our Grandfather
61: July 16, 2011 | Happy Retirement Dad!
62: ~ Guestbook ~
63: ~ Guestbook ~
66: ~ Emails from those unable to attend party ~ | Hello, everyone! I know that I missed a great tribute to Bob for his years of service and for being a great father. I'm sure that everyone had a great time last night! ---Peace -Jesus July 17, 2011 at 6:14pm I wish I could have been there as well. Nolan and I have great role models in our parents/grandparents. We are disappointed that we couldn't be there in person to say thank you for the profound impact your hard work and effort has had on our lives. We recognize the sacrifice and appreciate it more than you know Bob! Congratulations on 41 years. It's more than a milestone to our family. -Todd and Nolan July 17, 2011 at 7:48pm
68: Bobbi has been my friend for many years. When Marcy called to ask if I would be willing to tell some RR story's about him I at first declined because I'm not good at speaking in front of large groups. In fact, I'd rather catch the local at 2:00am than stand up in front of a group and talk. I then reconsidered because I have an almost endless supply of RR story's and other story's about Bob. I sat down to put together some of the story's. I didn't know where to begin. One story is the time we caught the local out of Lordsburg and by the time we got to Bowie it was snowing. Right off the bat. First move, Bobbi loses his switch list. I give him mine. Now snow's blowing sideways and ......he loses that list. His dad's the conductor. Sure don't want to tell him, so we're running around in the dark in a snow storm looking for a white switch list. Another time he's kicking cars at Casa Grande so fast they're rolling both ways and I realize he's just trying to kill me to get my number. Another time we're elk hunting, it's raining, big lightning, he gets us lost but we find a road. he lets a guy in a truck drive by and doesn't even ask him which way is our truck. Another time we're up Bisbee on the Douglas local and he rolls 35 cars off the hill into a 36 car track that falls off a cliff. While writing that down I realize that you had to be there to believe that he really did that. But he did. I think those were the years he started using up his luck. Bobbi got unlucky. Together with his dad or with Dale we could change his luck to help him get by. When I retired I knew he wouldn't make it another year on the RR without some help so I gave him my lucky penny. Last month, while I was on vacation, he lost it. I've given him another one but he doesn't need it because he's surrounded by friends and family that will always lend him good luck. I wish him the happiest retirement. -Fred
70: Robert "Bob" Lloyd Rabb Born 12/16/48 ~Southern Pacific RR hire date: June 13, 1970~ ~1st Student Trip on Hayden Local~ ~1st Paid Trip on Hayden Local~ ~1st Assigned Job on Hayden Local~ ~Union Pacific RR retirement date: July 1, 2011~
72: RABB Outtakes | The
73: HIGHLIGHTS FROM THIS LIFE