Robert “Bob” D. Carufel passed away peacefully at home in Mesa, Arizona on March 31, 2019. Bob was born to Raymond and Ruth Carufel in Vernal, Utah on December 10, 1950. Bob grew up on the Salt River Indian Reservation after his family relocated there in 1960. He graduated from Westwood High School in 1969 and Mesa Community College in 1971.
During his career, Bob owned and operated Mesa Truck Supply and Nevada Mixer Supply in Las Vegas. He was also proud of his partnerships in Kenz Cycle Tech and Hunter’s Paint and Auto Body. As an avid collector, he acquired many vehicles, engines, and specialty items. Bob was always fun to be around and will be missed.
Bob is survived by his wife, Thea; daughter, Elizabeth; brother, Steve (Carol Kapplemann); sister, Christine; and niece, Rachel (Seth) Snow.
A visitation will be held from 6:00 to 8:00pm on Friday, April 5, 2019 at Bunker’s Garden Chapel, 33 North Centennial Way, Mesa, Arizona 85201. The funeral service will be held at 11:00am on Saturday, April 6, 2019 at Church of the Master Presbyterian Church, 6659 East University Drive, Mesa, Arizona 85205. Interment will be at Oakland Mills Cemetery in rural Mt. Pleasant, Iowa.
In lieu of flowers, please consider a donation to the Collings Foundation for the restoration and maintenance of historic Warbird planes and historic artifacts in memory of Bob.