Neighbors recall legendary host Bob Ross, 90

Neighbors are toasting the memory of Bob Ross, who hosted many legendary margarita parties with his wife Alice in the home at Marshall Way and 27th Street where he lived for close to 50 years.

Bob died in July, just after his 90th birthday.

Bob Ross

Bob referred to their Pueblo Revival home as “Malfunction Junction.” It reflected his love of Mexican art and culture. Bob loved going annually to Ensenada, Mexico.

For decades, Bob and Alice hosted margarita parties that lasted long into the night. Bob created a secluded basement bar that was the talk of the neighborhood. He had a bed laid out in case anyone was in no shape to navigate the stairs at the end of the evening. Neighbor Kathryn Beltrami remembers she was always amazed at Bob rising early the next day to straighten up.

Bob was born in Hanford in 1929. He married Alice when she was 17. After he served in the U.S. Air Force, Bob and Alice settled in Curtis Park.

Alice and their son, Cliff, preceded Bob in death.

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