Obituary: Robert Retallick

Robert “Bob” Raymond Retallick, 79, of Idaho, died Wednesday, Feb. 22, 2012 at Heritage Homes in Rexburg of causes incident to age and dementia.

Mr. Retallick was born Dec. 15, 1932 in Mechanicville, N.Y. to Howard Wilson Retallick and Alice Atkins. He spent almost his entire life in the state of New York.

He attended Union University School of Pharmacy in Schenectady and later earned his master’s degree in hospital pharmacy administration from Long Island University. He worked as a pharmacist most of his adult life.

April 19, 1954, he married Niny Acevedo in Troy. Together they had five children, two daughters and three sons. They later divorced.

In 1958, Mr. Retallick, Niny and their young family joined The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints.

In 1980, the family moved to Rexburg where he worked at Thriftway Drug on Main Street in Rexburg. When the store closed, he went to work for the State of Idaho as a narcotics investigator.

He was a graduate of the P.O.S.T. Academy in 1983 at the age of 51.

In 1991, he married Jacqueline Carbin. They later divorced.

March 17, 2007, he married Elizabeth Cassinelli in Plains, Mont.
He loved to drive anything with wheels and having a dog by his side. He also enjoyed hunting and fishing. He liked to watch sunsets and enjoyed the beauty of nature.

He was a 33rd Degree Mason and an active Shriner. He loved driving his funny little car in parades. In Phoenix, he was a member of the board of education.
He held many callings in his church, including high councilor and branch presidency member.

He is survived by his wife, Elizabeth of Milton, Fla.; daughters, Holly Ann (Jeff) Christensen of Sugar City and Debra Lynn (Robert W.) Brunson of Ogden, Utah; sons, James Martin (Cheryl) Retallick of Layton, Utah, Richard Garth Retallick of Port Orchard, Wash., and Robert Howard Retallick of Pablo, Mont.; 25 grandchildren; and 11 great-grand children.

He was preceded in death by his parents and older brother, Jimmy.

A private memorial service was held at Heritage Homes Feb. 25.

A graveside memorial took place in Albany at Albany Rural Cemetery on March 3.

The family will hold a celebration of his life later in the year.

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