Robert G. “Bobby” Warrick, 73, of Veedersburg, passed away peacefully in his home, surrounded by family, at 4:00 AM Friday April 8, 2022.
Bobby was born October 3, 1948, in Crawfordsville, Indiana to the late Robert and Betty (Tubbs) Warrick. He was a lifelong resident of Veedersburg and graduated with the inaugural class of Fountain Central High School in 1966. Bob married Kathryn “Suzie” Pendry on October 13, 1968, at Veedersburg Christian Church, they were married for 53 years.
Bobby was then drafted into the US Army and fought in Vietnam from 1969-1970, he was a decorated infantry sergeant with the storied 1st Cavalry Division (Airmobile) that pioneered the use of helicopters to transport troops into battle and locate enemy ground forces. Among his awards are the Bronze Star for valor, and the Air Medal (4th award) for over 100 hours of flight time on combat assault missions and extractions under enemy fire.
Following his military service in 1971, Bobby and Suzie bought their family home in Veedersburg where they lived for 51 years, raising three sons: Matthew (Stephanie), Aaron (Tisha), and Jacob. Bobby was preceded in death by an infant son Shawn Robert Warrick.
He is also survived by grandchildren Tyler, Justin, Katelin, Devyn, Braden, Mason and Ady; and great grandchildren Ronan, Gabe, Remington and Marshall.
A master welder and fabricator by trade, Bobby worked on projects all over North America as a welder for WRIB Manufacturing Co. in Veedersburg, often accompanied by Suzie on the long road trips where they loved to camp and visit national parks across the country.
Bobby opened his own welding and fabrication shop outside of Hillsboro in 1978, serving the community for over 45 years. With a seemingly endless supply of energy, he took great pride in his craftsmanship and truly loved his work. He always said that with a welder, cutting torch, and sledgehammer – he could fix anything. And it was the truth.
When not working in his shop, Bobby loved nature and being outdoors. He rarely missed an opportunity to watch the sunrise or sunset, often landscaping, gardening, or finding all the mushrooms. He enjoyed crappie fishing in Indiana and Florida, and always looked forward to his annual Canada trip to catch walleye.
Keep hammering, Dad…we’ll miss you.