Bob Drobel

Profile Updated: July 16, 2014
Residing In: Mesa, AZ USA
Spouse/Partner: widowed
Occupation: Investments and raising a granddaughter.
Children: July 11, 1981. Fashion consultant and model. Now finishing degree. Has always been independent and moved More…to the beat of her own drum. Very bright, free spirit, manages rock band promotions as a sideline, She was born in Albuquerque, and graduated from Scottsdale Saguaro High School in 1998. Now a mom, and wants to finish degree in micro biology. She is now a stay at home Mom and is more than happy and blessed with Scarlet Marilyn Dinger. she is going to finish her degree in a year in Microbiology, and we will see from there.

Robert Ryan was the baby and born July 29, 1983.
He has acted in several movies, and is forging ahead with a film and stage Performing Arts Degree, and is an Improviser in Chicago, going back this year to finish his curriculum at Second City in Chicago.
He is acting, doing Improv, but became a serious athlete last year, and in a total attempt to reform the body makeover, he went from a scrawny and skinny 6'1", 155, to 6'1" 195, with 6% body fat and is world class in crossfit. He has just opened two gyms in the Phoenix area, Crossfit 602, and Kinetic Fitness, which is a crossfit gym and more. He excels in coaching world class crossfitters, but has a special love for working and rehabbing transplant patients, and older people with lots of joint pain and extra weight and other maladies to give US a longer life, full of health and activity. He was my caregiver for two years, and is a big part of the reason I am still here, and lived through severe liver disease, and got a wonderful transplant at Mayo Clinic in Phoenix in September. thank God for finding the liver and answering my prayers, just in a nick of time. Thanks to my son and my daughter, and to the wonderful transplant team at Mayo Clinic for my life, and for their wonderful beyond all comprehension care. I literally have a second chance at life. Both of Ryan's Gyms are on facebook, under Crossfit 602 and Kinetic Fitness, in the Phoenix area, and you should check them out. it is the answer to all of our needs, and coaches design your training programs literally to fit your body's ability and needs, on a one to one basis.

After NMMI JC, I went to NMSU, and upon graduation, went to Ft. Bliss to take my physical. I was to head for Officer's Basic in two weeks, but I flunked my 5th physical, after four passes, thanks to an old football knee injury, and my Army Career was history in one hour. So, I went to ENMU for my MBA.
After I Graduated, I got lucky with a previous contact, and took a position in El Paso with a Division of Blue Bell Inc. (Wrangler), as International Sales Manager. It was the luckiest thing that ever happened to me. Great insight and great on the resume, and I did nothing but learn, and meet salesmen from all over the world, who went to work for me. In reality, I just coordinated their efforts, but I got a lot of credit for it. It was the blessing of a lifetime.
I spent 15 years with Sysco Albuquerque, and was Sales Manager at the end. Great career.
I married Marilyn Elizabeth Padilla in 1974 in Albuquerque, she went to Highland High School and Ft. Lewis in Durango, and she was flying for United Airlines when I met her.
She passed away in 1991 from breast cancer, and was the third generation in her family to lose one female to the dreaded disease. Liz was 39, and it was tragic.
The kids were 9 and 7, and I bought a transportation company in Scottsdale, and moved us over here for a change of venue. This was probably the most fun thing I have ever done in my life, although the margins were pretty slim. I was able to grab clients and accounts, with such people as Willie Mays, Roberto Alomar, MLB, and MLB Umpires, Randall Cunningham, Shane Doan, Dallas Clark, Eddie Johnson, Mark Grace and many others. It was a real kick in the butt. I have been here ever since.
We did move to Mesa, since living in Scottsdale got to be a pain in the ass, living around so many pretentious people. I have never been one for bullshit. You have to live up to that sooner or later. It is just better to be who you are, tell the truth, and let the chips fall.
I enjoyed the ride, I am definitely thinking about moving to Costa Rica, and if either Cap and Trade, or Health care Bills pass (including the public option), I will move. The health care in Costa Rica is better, 1/3 to 1/4 the cost, with American trained Doctors and Staffs, and a couple of American Hospitals. Their are American Insurance Policies written currently by 10 to 12 companies, which include airfare, hotel stay, and medical procedures, for a lot less than they cost here, and the satisfaction rate is as high or higher. Long winded SOB, huh?
I was diagnosed with Liver Disease, out of the blue, in January, 2011, and they took 26 litres of fluid out of my abdomen. I have not been a partier in 25 years. So do not neglect your liver and your kidney checkups. My transplant was September 5th, just in a nick of time, and God has blessed me with a second chance. I can not tell you what that means but there is no doubt, a man upstairs, and he does listen. I have proof.

School Story:

NMMI 1965-1968

NMSU '68-'70 BBA

ENMU '70-'71 MBA

Living and working with Bobby Kirk, working at the Chapparal Motor Hotel in Ruidoso, New Mexico, during the summer between years at NMMI. Saw a car load of girls from Midland Texas I had just met, going the other way, turned to look back and wave, right after picking up a case of Coors Bottles, and hit a telephone pole. Totaled out my Chevy II and the beer went everywhere, some exploding against the windshield. Covered me and I had not had my first sip. Sheriff stopped and said I think this car is done for, you had a drink? I said no, told him the story, he said, "You've got to watch out for those gorgeous women from Midland, and their convertibles", called a wrecker, and took me home to the house we were renting for the summer. I had the damn car for a week. Bob laughed his butt off, I did not think it was too funny. (At the time.) We were also roommates at NMMI our first class year. Moral of the story-Beer is more important than waving at beauty from Midland. Dad was not very happy. Took 6 months to save enough money to buy another car. JAJAJA

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Jan 06, 2015 at 2:29 PM

This is Scarlet in a Christmas Tableu at Church, before ^PM Christmas Eve Mass, in her role as Hannah in the Biblical Presentation of the Nativity, and famous people from the Bible.

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Jan 05, 2015 at 8:22 PM

My Granddaughter Scarlet is a newly recruited waistgunner in a B 17 at Falcon Field, 3 miles from my house. It is so cool to see it fly over my house twice a day taking riders up. Sentimental Journey and Maid In the Shade, the B 25 Mitchell are great and unusual places to take visitors.

Bob Drobel has left an In Memory comment for R.J. Johnson.
Dec 10, 2014 at 2:33 AM

RJ great memories my friend. I am sure we will see that smile again. The world will miss having a great guy like you around,, but in the big ranch house in the sky, I am sure things are already a lot livier. 

I only got to see you every few years after leaving Roswell, but NMMI was a great time, and I enjoyed ratting with you, and sharing that experience with you. My prayers to your family and friends, and I look forward to that big roundup in the sky. But not yet.....not yet. Vaya con dios Hermano! Mi familia penso que el mundo de su familia, y mi madre le encantaba dar anestésicos para el Dr. Sam . Creo que ella era su favorito en el quirófano. muchas bendiciones, Amigo! Hasta la vista!!!

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Dec 08, 2014 at 6:54 PM

Terry Newsom, congratulations on 47 years together and your big personal day. Keep smilin'. Chuck Rives, wow other than the snow on top, I'd know you anywhere.

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Dec 08, 2014 at 6:51 PM

Very sorry to hear about RJ. He was a good friend. Dr. Sam was one of my Mom's favorites at St. Mary's to give anesthetics for. Great family. RIP, Ron. My best to the family. Godspeed.
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Bob Drobel posted a message on Judy Smith(1964)'s Profile.
Nov 23, 2014 at 3:45 PM

Happy Birthday! Very interesting to find out you are Higgy's Mom! Quite a girl. Tough times. But a very rousing Happy Birthday. Enjoy. See you at "50th".

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Sep 26, 2014 at 4:22 PM

Good to see news ion you my old neighbor. Hope all is well and you make it to a reunion really soon.

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Jun 02, 2014 at 12:59 PM

Thanks for the note, Pro! I have been wondering about you, and looking for a way to contact you. I tried to reach Lane, who I found on facebook, but only got back a brief response, and we have not spoken recently by private message. I know he is in a Southern State, either Georgia or South Carolina. But searching for info on your whereabouts is tougher. ;-) I can not find when the reunion is, but I will be there and look forward to seeing you for sure.Thanks for contacting me. I am healthy as a horse now and looking forward to enjoying quite a few more years, with God as my guide. If I do come up there in that neck of the woods, how could I get in touch with you, Brother.

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May 27, 2014 at 12:52 PM

Thank You everybody for the great Birthday wishes. Looking forward to the next reunion with great anticipation. I enjoyed this one a lot, and I feel 20 years younger. I missed the last one darn it, due to illness. I am hopefully going to be around for many more, thanks to God and Mayo Clinic. I can not wait to see everybody. I hope the Memorial Day Holiday was good to all, and everyone had a chance to reflect on our fallen including creative thought towards improving how this country protects and provides for their selfless service, and those who gave all, may God Bless and Keep All of You!

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May 23, 2014 at 10:51 AM

Happy Birthday Bob !!

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May 04, 2014 at 11:03 AM

Happy Birthday Cousin. I hope you and Spencer are enjoying life. It is always good to see something from you. The best to all of you, and on the next trip to Roswell, I hope to see you all. Happy Birthday and a toast to you. I remember in the old days when we used to celebrate birthdays together, since ours are so close. God Bless.