On Thursday, April 9, 2020, Robert D. Lawler (Bob), loving husband, father, and grandfather passed away at age 56.
Bob was born on December 22, 1963, in Chicago, IL to Robert and Mary Lou (Fitzpatrick) Lawler. Bob was 12 years old, when his family relocated to Hattiesburg, MS. After Bob graduated from high school, he joined the United States Marines. While in the Marines, he met his loving wife, Deborah White, who was also a United States Marine. After his years of service, Bob was honorably discharged. On November 23, 1991, Bob and Debbie were married and started their family in Southern California where they raised their two daughters, Alyssa and Lindsey.
Bob lived and loved big. He had a passion for cooking, fishing, camping, and gardening. He loved to combine his hobbies by creating meals to entertain family and friends with the fish he caught, vegetables he grew and meat he smoked in “Bertha,” his beloved smoker. Bob will best be remembered by his gregarious personality, quick wit, infectious smile, generosity and gatherings at his home to celebrate family and countless friendships. Bob’s relationships were vast and it can be said that when in public, he never met a stranger. Bob lived life large and each day as if it were his last. Bob will forever be missed and never forgotten.
Bob was preceded in death by his father, Robert. He is survived by his wife, Debbie, daughters, Kelsey, Alyssa (Abie) Lindsey and his grandchildren, Logan and Lexie, his mother, Mary Lou, his twin sister Angela (Thomas), sisters Janice and Margaret (Doug) and brother Dan and countless nieces, nephews and cousins.
A memorial service will be held on May 1, 2020, @ 11: 00 a.m. , at O’Connor Funeral Home located at 25301 Alicia Par Laguna Hills, CA. Burial services at El Toro Memorial located at 25751 Trabuco Rd., Lake Forest, CA. A celebration of life will take place directly following the burial at Bob’s home.
Bob often said “Semper Fi” and held the plight of wounded veterans near and dear to his heart. Please make a contribution in lieu of flowers.