Bob Padgett went home to be with his Lord on Nov. 18, 2005 after a short illness, at the age of 75.
Born in San Diego, Calif. on Dec. 21, 1929, Bob was raised in the Modesto area where he married Trudi McCoy on Jan. 11, 1951. In his teens and early twenties Bob was a crop dusting pilot flying World War I and World War II aircraft retrofitted with crop dusting equipment.
Bob also became a Minister of the Gospel in his early twenties, preaching at various Churches of Christ in Modesto, Oakdale, Waterford and Tracy and in congregations in Mississippi, before settling in Visalia in 1954.
He continued his crop dusting and his spiritual calling in the Tulare County area, teaching in-home Bible studies in the evenings. After recovering from a near fatal airplane crash while flying for Gallaher Crop Dusting, he accepted a full-time preaching position once again at the Exeter Church of Christ in 1957.
His work was of such success that he was sent by the Exeter elders of the church to plant a new church in Farmersville in 1962. He took the position part-time due to his new career as owner/operator of Delta Air Service, a crop dusting firm based at Pruner Field in Exeter.
As time progressed, he sold his crop dusting business and went into the broadcasting and audio-video fields of work, as radio personality and DJ, “Curly Bob” on KGEN, the only local country music station in Tulare at the time. After the station was sold, he hosted the “Bob West Show.”
For the last 25 years he and Trudi owned and operated their home business, “Bob's Video Transfer & Production,” working with families throughout the area transferring their home movies to VHS and DVD.
Bob leaves his family and friends for a while, and we look forward to seeing him again soon in Heaven: including his wife of nearly 55 years, Trudi; son and daughter-in-law, Greg and Cynthia Padgett of Pismo Beach; son and daughter-in-law, Doug and Cindy Padgett of Cherry Valley; daughter and son-in-law, Carole and Mike Wiley of Visalia, nine grandchildren, 10 great-grandchildren and three more on the way.
One of his favorite songs was “This World is Not My Home, I'm just a passin' through.” He impacted all who knew him as he taught us about life, how to live it in faith, preparing for its conclusion in eternal confidence, by God's grace.
In lieu of flowers, the family respectfully requests any donations be made to the American Cancer Society - Prostate Cancer Research.
Services were held Nov. 23 at The Visalia Community Church of Christ. Burial was Nov. 25 at Lakewood Cemetery in Hughson, Calif. Arrangements were under the direction of Goble-Miller Funeral Home of Tulare.