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Robert Herrold

May 20, 2005

Robert Herrold passed away Monday, May 9.

After serving in the U.S. military during the Korean war, he returned to Glendale and began officiating public municipal basketball games. His love of basketball inspired him to become a college basketball official for more than 30 years. He was honored to work two NCAA championship games.

Robert retired from the court to the courtside, becoming supervisor of officials for the West Coast Conference. He also brought the excitement of basketball to Europe during the 1970s to help form the European Basketball League. Robert traveled to Korea to bring enjoyment of basketball to the U.S. troops serving there.

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He was preceded in death by his daughter, Stephanie Herrold. He is survived by his wife of 53 years, Elaine, of Auberry, Calif.; son Gregg Herrold of Fresno; daughter Michelle Kesler and her husband, Steve, of Utah; son Mark Herrold of Shaver Lake; son Peter Herrold of Auberry; sister Joy Ann Lawrence and her husband, William, of Dana Point; 11 grandchildren and three great-grandchildren.

Visitation was held Wednesday, May 11, at Clovis Funeral Chapel. A graveside service was held Friday, May 13, at Tollhouse Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, remembrances may be made to Nancy Hinds Hospice, 1616 W. Shaw Ave., #B1, Fresno, CA, 93711.

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