Bob Vellines was a kind, smart and generous man, said wife Darla Vellines.
“My husband was a wonderful husband, brother, uncle and friend to many,” she said. “He was the smartest, funniest and most generous man I have ever known.”
Robert “Bob” Vellines, Jr., 71, of Lake Station, died Sept. 23. He had been a lifelong resident of the area and was a graduate of Lew Wallace High School in Gary's Glen Park section.
He worked a variety of jobs, including at the EJ&E Railroad, Playback and B&H Audio. He also started his own electronics repair business.
“He was known as 'Dr. Bob' for his ability to correctly diagnose problems with all kinds of audio equipment and electronic devices,” she said.
He also used the “Dr. Bob” name as a deejay at a local radio station and at parties and weddings, she said.
He was a member of the Society of Innovators of Northwest Indiana and has a patent pending for a fail-safe device for pool and hot tub pumps.
He graduated from Purdue University with a degree in electrical engineering. He was an Army veteran.
The couple met on a blind date in 1976, dated for a short time and then remained friends. Three years ago, they started dating again, she said.
“We got married on the 35th anniversary of the day we met,” she said. “How’s that for romance?”
He was an avid bowler and loved cars, model trains and writing letters to the editor.
“He was such an eclectic and interesting person. He definitely danced to the tune of a different drummer,” his wife said. “Bob never met a stranger. I used to tell him he was the ‘awesomest’ husband in the whole world.”