Robert Mandon was a friend to everyone who knew him, and knew exactly what to say to people to make them comfortable, said Jamie Mandon, his wife of 30 years.
“Everybody loved my husband. He left an indelible mark on people,” she said. “He could make even the smallest things in life so much fun.”
Robert “Booboo” Mandon, 57, of Hobart, died Feb. 18. He was a UPS driver for 34 years, retiring in 2012. He was inducted into the Circle of Honor at UPS and recognized for his 34 years of safe driving. He was a 1974 graduate of Lew Wallace High School.
The couple met at a picnic and were married three months after they began dating. They shared a mutual love of the outdoors.
For more than 30 years, he went to Linton, Ind., to fish with his friends.
“He would come back with basketfuls of fish,” she said. “He loved to rough it and camp.”
He was especially close to the couple’s only son, Adam Mandon, and was a father figure to many of Adam’s friends.
“They always came around to see him. They knew they could always count on him,” Jamie Mandon said.
Adam Mandon said his father always put Adam’s interests before his own, and would make sure to attend all his practices, games and other events.
He loved the White Sox and had been to 20 major league baseball stadiums. He loved to travel and had been to seven different countries. He lived life to the fullest, his son said.
“He did more in 57 years than most people could do in three lifetimes,” he said.
Adam Mandon said his father was his best friend.
“I was so blessed that he was my dad. He was my hero,” he said.