Obituary of Robert F. Theilmann
After a long life devoted to family and energized by sports and exploring ideas, Robert (Bob) Theilmann succumbed to a short illness on January 28, 2023. He is survived by his wife Nancy, his children Becky and Eric (Gabrielle), and his three grandchildren, Mira, Rowen, and Corbin.
The son of Fred and Esther, he was born on September 19, 1938 in Ohio. After his father died, Bob and his mother moved to Illinois, where Bob played tennis and golf, and was on the high school speed skating team and in the a cappella choir, the jazz band and marching band. He played clarinet and saxophone.
He graduated from McPherson College in Kansas, where he met his wife, Nancy. They moved to Albuquerque where he earned an MBA and a CPA at the University of New Mexico. After graduation, they moved to Tempe where he began working for an accounting firm. He established a fine career as a hospital administrator, beginning in the finance department at St. Luke’s Medical Center. He later became Head of Finance at Phoenix Memorial Center and was instrumental in financing bonds that created Chandler Regional Hospital. He was CEO of the Casa Grande Regional Medical Center. He was CFO/CEO of Quality Care Solutions and taught Health Care Finance at ASU. He was a CPA, FHFMA, and a CMPA.
A lifelong sports fan, he had season tickets for many years to the Arizona Cardinals, the Arizona Diamondbacks, and the Phoenix Suns and he supported ASU and the University of Arizona sports, as well as his children’s and grandchildren’s many sporting activities.
Bob loved playing tennis and golf. He golfed several times a week until recently. He shot his age many times and shot a hole in one at the Vista Country Club, Hole #8. He once traveled to Scotland where he played the iconic St. Andrews.
Bob had a lifelong love of music, particularly the big band sound, and as a teen, dreamed of becoming a big band musician. He loved jazz concerts and enjoyed his children’s and grandchildren’s concerts. He liked talking about politics and current events, and often played devil’s advocate to generate more passionate discussions.
Bob coached his children in soccer, tennis, and basketball, and taught them how to waterski, snow ski, skateboard, wind surf, kayak and to play baseball and pickleball. He loved waterskiing and often took his family to Lake Powell, where he had a houseboat for many years with friends.
Bob will be remembered as having an easy laugh, a twinkle in his eye, a willingness to help others, and a determination to take care of his own. He will be missed.
For more information about a planned celebration of his life, contact BobarooAZLife@gmail.com. In lieu of flowers, the family suggests donations to First Tee National Headquarters (firsttee.org) or the Arizona Animal Welfare League and SPCA (aawl.org).To send flowers to the family or plant a tree in memory of Robert Theilmann, please visit Tribute Store