March 11, 2011






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In Memoriam: Robert "Bob" Pentz

     Former resident Robert James Pentz, 87, of Sun City, California, died from complications of Alzheimer’s disease on February 25, 2011. He was born on January 8, 1924 in Detroit, Michigan to Roy and Mildred (LaForge) Pentz.
     Bob left Mt. Clemons High School early to become a Signalman in the Navy during WWII. He completed high school at the age of 38 and graduated from California Baptist University in 1984 at the age of 60. He married Dorothy Snodgrass in Detroit on April 21, 1945.
     He was a pioneer in the Self Storage Industry, opening the first self storage in Moreno Valley, Alessandro Mini Storage, and then B & D Mini Storage in Riverside. He loved working with stone and brick and often would offer his time and resources to assist in many projects. He was involved in the initial renovations of the Mission Inn during the early 1980s. He also developed the Norco Country Mall. In 1987, he was one of the recipients of “Entrepreneur of the Year” award given by The Press Enterprise.
     Bob had a genuine love for people and spent his life helping people in need. He served as a volunteer chaplain at the California Youth Authority and Spadra Hospital working with the mentally challenged. He served on various boards including Riverside Christian School, BRASS, Masonry Owners Association, Self Storage Association, Gideons and more.
     He also served on the board of trustees of California Baptist College and Friends of the Mission Inn. He was active in many churches, including Canyon Lake Community Church. He was instrumental in establishing the Harbor Chaplain Ministry in Newport Beach, the Stanley Collins Radio program of Forest Home Christian Conference Center and Teen Challenge at Benedict Castle.
     His commitment to education resulted in establishing many student scholarships. Because of his love of tennis, he donated the Tennis Center at California Baptist University. His projects over the years included building the monument signs at California Baptist College and Riverside Christian School, the stone on Valley of the Falls Community Church, many projects at the Jurupa Cultural Center and Mission Inn, and numerous fountains and fireplaces.
     Bob and Dorothy lived in Canyon Lake from 1984 to 2006. After his retirement, Bob started a “widow” ministry with his friend doing handyman work for the needy. He loved music of all types and held many “sings” in his home. His hobbies included collecting bolo ties and vinyl records, tennis, bowling, singing, square dancing and frequenting thrift stores. He loved working with his hands and crafted a viola from raw materials and many stained glass pieces.
     He was an avid reader and storyteller. Bob wrote many short stories and published the book, “Do It Yourself Mini Storage.” He participated in the book, “The Biblical Principals of Business.” He was known for his love of family, kindness, generosity and sense of humor.
     Bob is survived by his wife Dorothy, children Kathleen Palmer (Richard), Barbara McConaghy (Dennis), Dale Pentz (Jackie) and Robin Buss (Marty). He leaves behind nine grandchildren, Shanna Marshall (John), Tamara Brown (Matt), Megan McConaghy Kelly (Brendan), Rick McConaghy, Michael McConaghy, Erin McConaghy Turner (Tyler), Taylor Pentz, Bryce Pentz, and Amanda Bong (Dean). He also leaves behind foster daughter Wanda Loy, 13 great-grandchildren and two nephews.
     A memorial service will be held at Canyon Lake Community Church at 11 a.m. on March 12, 2011. Bob will be interred at Riverside National Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, the family suggests donations to the Bob Pentz Scholarship Fund or the School of Business Building Fund at California Baptist University, 8432 Magnolia Ave., Riverside, CA 92504.


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