Anderson Valley AdvertiserOctober 8, 2003


Robert C. "Chipmunk" Glover

Robert C. "Chipmunk" Glover piked to the dusties on Thursday, October 2, 2003, after a long illness. He was born in Albion Hospital on September 1, 1921 and spent most of his life in Anderson Valley. A true conversationalist and fluent in Boontling, Chipmunk learned local history and lore at an early age; and later, using humor and enthusiasm, he happily shared that knowledge with students of all ages. He appeared on the Johnny Carson Show three times sharing the joys of Boontling.

Bobby was an Anderson Valley Volunteer Firefighter for 43 years doing a variety of jobs including arson investigation. He was also the oldest certified Emergency Medical Technician in the country. His formal education included a Degree in Electrical Engineering from Heald College. Among his inventions, Bobby developed the first automatic photo enlarger which he gave to the Kodak company. Chipmunk developed water systems for Valley residents until his retirement and then became a consultant continuing to assist in resolving water problems.

He was a collector of fruit jars and a renowned authority on their identification and dating. His knowledge of mushrooms was widely known and he often led mushroom walks and classes. In his later years, Chipmunk could often be seen gazing at the night sky studying the constellations.

Bobby is survived by his wife, Ava Nell of the Deep End, tweed Don and daughter-in-law Kathleen of Fremont and grandson Derek of San Jose. His extended family and friends in Anderson Valley will also miss him.

We will all deek you later many leagues above old Sol.

A Memorial Service was held on Sunday, October 5, 2003 at the Apple Hall in Boonville.

The family prefers donations to Anderson Valley Volunteer Firefighters Association.

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