Robert Tayman (1937 - 2011)
A Celebration of Robert Bob Phillip Tayman's life will be held on Tuesday,
July 26, 2011 at 10 a.m. at the Faith Lutheran Church located at 123 Park Lane,
Moorpark, Ca where Pastor Robert Hiller will be officiating.
Bob was born at the Gallinger Hospital in Washington DC on September 6,
1937 to William Sr. and Dorothy (Regan) Tayman. Being brought up in a strict
Catholic home, Bob hardly ever got out of line, or misbehaved. Bob attended
Catholic Schools, graduating from the 8th Grade from Holy Name School in
1951, then attending Chamberlain Vocational High School in Washington
Growing up, Bob and his siblings, had a very strict upbringing, Bob spent most
of his childhood free time playing ball with his older brother Bill, and keeping
a close relationship with all three of his sisters. Bob also kept very active in
sports, and sports became his passion throughout his life.
After graduating High School in 1955, Bob joined the United States Navy in
August of 1955. Bob Spent two in a half years of active duty, first being
stationed at the US Naval Air station in Argentia, Newfoundland. He progressed
to the rank of Airman, where he excelled as a member of the Crash and Rescue
Crew. Bob later was assigned to a FAETULANT ( a Fleet Airborne Electronics
Training Unit in the Atlantic) at the Naval Air Station in Norfolk, Virginia.
After serving time in Norfolk, Bob received his honorable discharge from the
US Navy in January 1958, and he completed his remaining three years of
service in the reserves.
With his strict Catholic upbringing, and his time in service, Bob grew up to be a
very independent man and a dedicated Father. He was a hard worker, and very
athletic. Bob had a dry sense of humor that we could only love. After moving to
Southern California in 1966, he and his daughter Vikki moved to the Ventura
County area in 1976.
He worked many years as a Chief Engineer and in 1983 he became the Building
Operations Supervisor for Texaco Corporation in Universal City, where he
retired in 1995.
Bob, aka Wheels spent all of his adult free time involved with sports. Playing
and traveling with the Classic Longballers Softball Team, umpiring and
refereeing for the Conejo Valley Park and Rec, as well as serving on the
Conejo Valley Sports Advisory Counsil from 1986 - 1988, where members
volunteer their time to improve the community sports program. Not only was
Bob a sports enthusiast, he was a lifelong Pool Shark. As a member of the APA
(American Pool Players Association) he participated in over 5000 league
matches. His team won numerous league and division championships and in
2002 his team reached the 8 Ball National Championship Match in Las Vegas.
Bob is survived by children Cheryl Williamson (Gordon), Catherine Velazquez,
Robert P. Tayman, Jr. (Edna), and Victoria Schweigert (Greg); Grandchildren
Miguel Velazquez, Sebastian Burnham, and Savanah Schweigert; Brother
William A. Tayman, Jr.; and Sisters Diane DiMichele, Carole Wright, and
Phyllis Chisholm. Bob will be loved by many, missed by a lot, but will never be
forgotten. His memory and legacy will live on in all of us for generations to
A Heritage Life Tribute Center Arrangements are IN THE CARE of Guardian
Memorial, Funeral Directors and Crematory,Ventura County, A Heritage Life
Tribute Center, Oxnard, (805) 485 - 2572