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Robert (Bob) Sotelo

Posted 2019-03-05 by mhenderson
Published in Today's News-Herald from Mar. 3 to Mar. 4, 2019 -
Lake Havasu City, Arizona -

Bob Sotelo, Age 71, passed away on February 25, 2019 following a
sudden, unexpected surgery. Bob was born on January 29, 1948 in South
Gate, California.

Bob's family relocated to Orange County, California where later on he
met of wife of nearly 50 years, Cheryl. Bob and Cheryl met each other
while "cruising" their car as was so popular back then. They married
in 1969 and Bob worked as a mechanic at several dealerships over the
years. His love and knowledge of motors was ignited by his step-dad
and he never gave up his passion for motorcycles, cars, dune buggies,
off road vehicles, and boats…pretty much anything with a motor! Bob
enjoyed other hobbies such as; dove hunting, fishing, boating, and

In 1980, Bob, Cheryl, and the boys moved from Orange County to Chino
Hills, California when it was a newer development. Bob was still a
mechanic at a local dealership. Rarely a day went by that the boys and
their friends were waiting for Bob to get home from work. They
bombarded him with questions about their cars. They needed to get
ideas, opinions, and help which Bob happily volunteered. We were the
only home in the neighborhood with a customized mechanic's garage in
the backyard for such purposes.

In 1995, However, Bob's luck was about to change. He built a race boat
and flipped it racing in a NJBA sanctioned race at Lake Ming in
Bakersfield, California. Following a back surgery, the doctors and
nurses said he was lucky to be alive.

In 2000, Bob and Cheryl relocated to Lake Havasu City, Arizona to
enjoy life and all the amenities of the lake. They also joined "One
Summer Night Cruisers car club, where they met many of their new

Bob was preceded in death by his parents and a son. He is survived by
his beautiful wife, Cheryl; his son; daughter, and three

A remembrance and Celebration of Life at Rotary Park is pending for
some time in April. Drive your hot rods, cruiser, or anything with a

Services were entrusted to the care of Lietz-Fraze Funeral Home.
Thoughts and condolences can be made to the Sotelo family at

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