Robert H. Fornefeld, 95 passed away on November 30, 2022, at his Scottsdale home for the past 50 years. Surrounded by his wife of 66 years, Beth, and sons, Richard, and Mark Fornefeld. He was born in Delphos, Ohio to Esther Shulien and Joseph Fornefeld.
Robert was raised in Cincinnati, and in 1957 moved west to California, then to Arizona which he considered the most beautiful state in the nation.
Robert was a man of many talents in interests. In his 20's, he obtained a private pilot's license advancing to flight instructor. Later while an active member of the U.S. Coast Guard Auxiliary, he achieved his Marine Captains license.
He was an accomplished photographer, especially of the many places at which he camped with his family from tents to boats to finally motorhomes, they traveled the U.S. coast to coast, Alaska, and Mexico.
He is survived by his wife, Elizabeth, and sons, David (Judith), Richard (Terri), and Mark (Linda), seven grandchildren, 10 great-grandchildren, his sister Ruth Niedhamer and many nieces and nephews.
A lifelong faithful Catholic, his Funeral Mass will be celebrated at Saint Joan of Arc Church, 38th St. and Greenway at 11:00 AM Thursday, December 15th. Interment will follow at Holy Redeemer Cemetery, Cave Creek.
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Shannon Blazzard wrote on Dec 17, 2022:
"I could not have had a better Grandpa than you. Thank you for the coyote and ?Rock Monster? tales of my childhood, and the hours of literary and philosophical discussion as an adult. My girls were more blessed than they realize, yet, to have enjoyed the same coyote tales, too. I?ll try to do you justice as I pass that legacy on in my family. We love you so much, and I await the day eagerly when I can hug you again. "