A quick quote summarizing our times with Bob.

"Don't cry because its over, smile because it happened" -Ludwig Jacobowski
  • 75 years old
  • Born on February 13, 1943 in Minneapolis, Minnesota, United States.
  • Passed away on November 14, 2018 in Missouri, United States.

Robert (Bob) Juan Arboleda passed away suddenly on Wednesday, November 14, 2018 in Missouri. He was preceded in death by his parents Emmett and Faith Arboleda.  He is survived by his loving wife Judy; his children, Bobbi (Travis) Hillen and Scott (Christie) Arboleda; grandchildren, Steven and Sean Hillen; his siblings, Rich (Aila) Arboleda; Keith (Bev) Arboleda; Donny (Murna) Arboleda; Faith Ann Stumvoll and numerous nieces and nephews.  

Bob was born February 13, 1943 in Minneapolis, MN. His family moved to Pine River, MN in 1944. An amazing family adventure occurred in 1956 when Emmett was stationed in Guam for the Navy and the family moved to the other side of the world. The family returned to Pine River, MN in 1958 and Bob graduated high school in 1961. He graduated from Concordia College, Moorhead, MN in 1966 with a degree in Political Science and History. In 1966, he accepted his commission in the Marine Corps.  

Bob had a decorated military career in the Marine Corps. He served two tours of Vietnam.  In 1967 – 1969, Bob was a 1st Lieutenant for the First Division, Ninth Marines. He was in the Battle of Khe Sanh.  He was awarded the Navy Commendation Medal and a Presidential Unit Citation from his time in Vietnam. During his service Bob was stationed in Quantico, Camp Pendleton, Des Moines, and Camp Lejeune. In Des Moines, as a Captain, he started the first Marine Corps National Guard (4th Marine 4th Medical Battalion).  In April of 1976, he was called upon by the nation to be the causality officer for one of the last soldiers to fall in Vietnam, Lance Corporal Darwin Judge of Marshalltown, Iowa.  

In 1978 he left the Marine Corps and was hired by Detroit Diesel as a production supervisor. His travels within the Detroit Diesel organization were far and wide as he worked his way from the supervisor role and other jobs to his greatest passion of engineering. He worked on the Series 53, 71, 92, 149, 2000 and 4000 Diesel engines.  In 1991 Bob completed his Master's Degree in Industrial Engineering at Eastern Michigan University.

Bob lived in Brighton, MI from 1982 - 2012.  While in Brighton he pursued one of his lifelong dreams and received his private pilots license in 1985. He retired from Detroit Diesel in 2006. He spent time with his family, grandchildren, and friends and enjoyed fishing for the next several years.  

In 2012, Bob reunited with Judy Filibeck, his high school sweetheart.  They were married in 2017. Bob and Judy had wonderful adventures together. They enjoyed traveling and experiencing new places together. They settled in Tucson, AZ but traveled back to Pine River, MN for the summers.    

Bob will be deeply missed by many.  His family, friends, military and Detroit Diesel family will miss sharing his zest for life, tremendous times fishing, his stories, his laughs and his love for all of us. It was an honor to share his life.

Please join us in celebrating Bob's amazing life by attending a celebration of his life in Pine River, MN summer of 2019. Details will be finalized and shared Spring of 2019.

Should friends desire, donations may be made in Robert Arboleda's name to one of the following organizations:

Khe Sanh Veterans Organization: Khe Sanh Veterans

Wilderness Canoe Base via Camp Wapogasset Lutheran Bible Camp

Posted by Jane Phillips on 10th January 2019
Judy I heard about your husband's passing from a mutual friend, in COTS. I'm sorry for your loss since I knew you were elated about reuniting with Bob. I never met him, but am sure you both enjoyed a few years together again. Like you, I found love again a second time, but mine also passed away too quickly, Nov 29. Death leaves a heartache no one can heal. Love leaves memories no one can steal. Love you Jane
Posted by Gary Medford on 3rd January 2019
While reading the Detroit paper I turned the page and there was Bob's picture. I was surprised and saddened. A good man and a fellow Marine. Met him at Detroit Diesel and new him well in Brighton. RIP Bob!
Posted by Jessica Battaglia on 26th December 2018
Dear family of Mr. Arboleda, I am so sorry for your great loss. When I have gone through times of grief, this promise from our Creator has brought me comfort. He promises us a time in the near future when mourning, outcry, pain, and even death itself will be no more. (Rev. 21:4). I hope this thought will bring you some solace as you grieve. My deepest condolences.
Posted by Leslie D on 18th December 2018
Please accept my sincere condolences and know that your loved one is in God's memory with a hope of a resurrection. John 5:28,29
Posted by Larry Chantland on 17th December 2018
So sorry to hear about Bob's passing. My sincere condolences to all the "Arby's". Larry Chantland
Posted by Joan Zarosley on 15th December 2018
In the early 80's my husband Cass met Bob at Detroit Diesel. After learning Bob was a new hire and didn't know to many people Cass brought him home for a home cooked dinner and we've been friends ever since. Bob spent many evenings and nights at our house. Countless stories talking about his childhood growing up in Pine River the crazy mischievous gags and pranks he and his brothers undertakings. -Bob would sit for hours telling us stories about his experiences in Vietnam I remember him saying at one point in time he talked to someone about a documentary about one of the battles in Vietnam. Bob asked Cass to help him move his family from MN to MI they accomplished the move in 3 days. That was Bob - get it done! He had a great work ethic and passed that to Bobby and Scott. We made a few trips to Pine River and as always, Bob was the Educator of Nature and Land. Eagles, turtles, fish, wild rice, Indian tribes you name it he knew about it - he was a wealth of information. He even harvested the black rice by his property and brought it back to MI for me. He was so excited when he told us about reconnecting with his high school sweetheart Judy. You could tell in his voice how happy he was. Bob showed his love through his actions and stories. It is with a heavy heart remembering our dear friend Bob an honorable, generous loving man. Rest in Peace, until we meet again. We love you
Posted by Jim Burgio on 11th December 2018
As a fellow Marine who went though Basic Class with Bob and I was there when his daughter Bobbi was born ( by the way my wife drove his wife to the hospital). We lost touch for about 50 years and were reunited at our fiftieth reunion in Quantico where we sat together and reminisced about our Military times. I was so looking forward to seeing him at our 52nd reunion when tragedy struck. Love you Bob. Rest in Peace.
Posted by Phil Burns on 11th December 2018
Semper Fi Good Guy Had Many Encounters with Bob over the Years at Detroit Diesel----He did Not B. S. You. He got the gist of my Problem and he Did His Damnedest to Assist Me in situation Rest Easy my Friend & Comrade in Arms Phil Burns (Cmdr.)
Posted by Ugo Abate on 11th December 2018
Very sad hearing this news. I had many conversations with Arbo both work related and just about anything else. I was always amazed that he treated me as if we knew each other our whole lives. He was a true friend. Ugo J Abate
Posted by David Wandel on 10th December 2018
I was caught completely by surprise of Bob's passing as I spent much enjoyable time with him and his wife at the Detroit Diesel luncheon this year. I he seemed his old self, healthy and fun to be with. I have known Bob over the years and enjoyed working with him. He always was a great source of the news and what was behind the scenes at Detroit Diesel. Until now I did not know of all his tremendous background and accomplishments.
Posted by Neal Brown on 10th December 2018
Bob you will be missed, it was a pleasure to know you and with you at Detroit!
Posted by Alan Korch on 10th December 2018
I was terribley sad to hear the passing of Arbo that was his nickname that he was known for. I was personally involved with the hiring team the year Arbo was interviewed for employment at DDC and have known him since until I retired from Detroit Diesel in 2001. He was a great hard working guy that cared for others and serviced our manufacturing team with overwhelming enthusiasm. RIP my friend.
Posted by David Dugger on 10th December 2018
I knew Arbo almost all of the time he was at Detroit Diesel. During that time we worked on many projects together. Always went to him when I had questions on some part or assembly. He was a hard worker and given a task would "run thru walls" to complete it. I saw Bob and spent a few minutes with him and Judy at the Detroit Diesel Retirees dinner on Oct 18. I will miss him.
Posted by Alan Thuernau on 10th December 2018
Bob was a great guy, a great engineer and a friend. You will be missed!
Posted by Corlene Bartels on 9th December 2018
RIP, Bob. And thank you for your scervice.
Posted by Vivian Anderson on 9th December 2018
I did not meet Bob until he abd his family came to our house for the first of maybe 20 Thanksgivings together. He and my late husband Larry were college roommates at Concordia abd I had heard about their antics at Concordia for years. Larry loved Bob like a brother. coincidently my husbands memorial service was 3 days before Bob passed and we received a sympathy card from him 2 days later that Bob mailed the day before he died as he was leaving Pine River to go to New Orleans. Bless all of you who knew and loved Bob
Posted by Bill Cromett on 9th December 2018
Bobby was on our football team as a sophomore, when I was a senior. He was a little bit of a squirt but didn’t know it. He had the heart and mind of a 6’2” 200# Quarterback. I used to kid him that he would be good at quarterback sneaks as no one could see him coming and he was a very fast runner. Even though I have not seen him through all these years, I remember his constant infectious smile. Always cheerful and a bit of mischievousness in his eyes. RIP Bobby. We lost a good man too soon. My condolences to Judy and the Arboleda family.
Posted by Judy Gilman on 9th December 2018
This is a wonderful collection of photos! As a high school classmate and friend of Bobby's and his Pine River family, I am so sad at his passing but grateful for a life well lived.
Posted by Jason Paskvan on 9th December 2018
I had the fortune of spending a lot of time with Mr. Arboleda in my youth as he was one of my Dad's best friends, and Scott was one of my best friends. Some of my favorite memories: - Going fishing with Mr. Arboleda at the family cottage in Pine River...the fish were really biting and we caught some good sized northern pike and walleye. I remember Mr. Arboleda teaching me how to gut the fish and he grilled them up. We ate well! - Visiting his relative's farm in Minnesota and being taught how to slaughter chickens...definitely something I will never forget! - Mr. Arboleda and Scott would come visit my dad and me on the occasional Friday night when we were younger. Scott and I would play while our dads would talk over a few beers. Good times. - Hearing some of Mr. Arboleda's intense war stories...not for the faint of heart! That's really just scratching the surface. Mr. Arboleda was a great friend to me and my family and will truly be missed.
Posted by Bob Golembiewski on 9th December 2018
Arbo (Bob) always had a story to tell and a good word for everyone. He would stop by when coming to visit Scott and always brought some fresh caught fish from Minnesota. What a guy!!!!!!

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