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Date: Friday, 21 November 2014, at 12:14 a.m.

Robert W. Routh
September 18, 1919 – April 18, 2010
“Bob” passed away peacefully
on April 18, 2010, at the age of
90. He was surrounded by family.
He was the second son of James
& Caroline Routh, born in New
York, Sept. 18, 1919. He was
raised in San Diego, and lived
the last 53 years in Livermore.
Bob, along with his brother
James, attended UC Berkeley
and were members of the Phi
Tau fraternity. Bob earned his
degree in biochemistry and did
graduate work prior to working
in the chemistry labs at Standard
Oil in Point Richmond, CA where
he met his future wife, Laura
Cook. They married on March
6, 1943.
Bob then worked for Cutter
Laboratories in Emeryville as
head of the department manufacturing
penicillin. Later he
headed the department making
the polio vaccine. In 1957 Bob
joined the Lawrence Livermore
Laboratory and retired in 1984
after 27 years
A devoted, loving husband
and father, Bob enjoyed spending
time with his family, no matter
what the event or activity. He
loved working with his hands
and remodeled every family
home, often with his father-inlaw,
Marshall H. Cook. Bob also
became an excellent ceramicist,
perfecting the art of Raku.
Bob enjoyed sharing his love
of the high mountains of the
Pacific Northwest during family
vacations, camping and fishing.
He joined a group of fellow backpacking
enthusiasts, the “Yuks,”
for annual backpacking trips in
the high Sierra Mountains.
Bob is survived by his wife,
Laura Cook Routh, daughters
Susan Routh Bowman of Nashville,
TN, Kacy Routh of Livermore;
grandchildren Brandy
Kwan of Castro Valley, Tracy
Lautenslager of the UK, Robert
Lautenslager of Alameda, and
nine great grandchildren: Gabrielle
Blasquez of Livermore, Nick
Reiner of Chico and Camille,
Mason, Ian, Natalie, Alex, Abby
and Maggie Kwan of Castro
Friends and family are invited
to a life celebration in Bob’s
honor on Saturday, May 8, 2010
at 2:00 pm at the Unitarian Universalist
Church on Vasco Road
in Livermore.

Kathleen "Kate" Wheatman
Kate Wheatman passed away
on May 2, 2010 after a brief and
rapid illness. She was surrounded
by her loving family.
Born in New York City, on Sept.
3, 1948, Kate attended Trinity
College in Washington, D.C., and
Boston University. She worked
in Human Resources at Cal-State
Hayward, and retired after more
than twenty years in
Employee Communications
from the Federal Reserve Bank
of San Francisco a few years ago.
Since then, she has been active
providing publicity and grantwriting
services for local community
agencies including the
Tri-City Free Breakfast Program,
Tri-Valley Writers, healthcare
related foundations and other
volunteer activities.
Kate guided two beautiful
and intelligent daughters through
their school and college years,
providing constant, supportive
counsel and unconditional love.
She loved travelling, walking,
reading, movies and being with
family and friends. Her favorite
music came from Bob Dylan,
Bruce Springsteen and many
others. She was always more
concerned with the well-being
of others than herself, and if you
were her friend, you were her
friend for life. Her smile, sense
of humor, genuine empathy for
others and spirit for life will be
missed by many.
She is survived by her husband
of 38 years Victor, daughters
Laura Wheatman Hill of
Philadelphia, and Rebecca Clair
Wheatman who attends college
in Los Angeles. There are also
two recently adopted kitties in the
family, Jazzy and Sophie, who
miss her very much.
A viewing will be held Graham
Hitch Mortuary 4167 First
Street, Pleasanton Monday, May
10 beginning at 5 PM. Tuesday
May 11, will be a celebration of
her life also at Graham Hitch at 11
AM, followed by brief ceremony
at Pleasanton Memorial Gardens/
Pioneer Cemetery at 5780 Sunol
Blvd Pleasanton, and a reception
at Century House 2401 Santa
Rita Road, Pleasanton.
In lieu of flowers, please
consider a gift to any medically
based cancer research foundation
or to Hope Hospice of Dublin,
California in Kate's name.

Thomas Michael Self, Jr
On July 7, 2009, we lost a kind
and loving man at the tender age
of 43, who touched many lives in
many ways. Tommy was born in
Livermore, on February 27, 1966
and spent the majority of his life
in Pleasanton.
He left behind his loving
mother, Cheryl Willis, his father,
Tomm Willis, his two devoted
brothers, Scott Self and Joey
Willis. He also left his wonderful
sister-in-law, Jenn Self and his
adoring niece and nephew, Sydney
and Tristan Self. He will also
be missed by his aunt and uncle,
Mr. and Mrs. Duane Kirk (Susan
Augusta) and by many cousins,
relatives and friends.
A Celebration of Life was held
on July 12, 2009, many relatives
and friends attended to share their
memories of Tommy.
Arrangements by Graham-
Hitch Mortuary.

Michael Edward Rose
Michael Edward Rose was
the son of Betty S. Rose and the
late Jack W. Rose of Pleasanton
in 1962. He attended schools in
Pleasanton and graduated from
Valley High School in 1980. After
graduation, he joined in the U.
S. Coast Guard and served four
years mainly on the USS Taney
as an electronic technician.
After attending Las Positas
College, he attended San Francisco
State University, where he
earned the degree of Bachelor
of Arts in clinical psychology in
1994, graduating Cum Laude. In
1997 he was awarded the degree
of Master of Social Work by San
Jose State University.
For five years he was a counselor
at Santa Clara County
Juvenile Center, where it became
clear to him that helping troubled
juveniles and their families was
his life’s work. He then pursued
that goal in private practice in
Pleasanton. That was what he
was doing until his death.
He is survived by his mother
of Pleasanton, and brother Kenneth,
sister-in-law Mishell, niece
Coral, and nephews Nicholas and
Nathaniel, all of Fallbrook, CA.
Private services will be held to
honor and to celebrate his life.
Arrangements by Graham-Hitch Mortuary,

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