July 4, 1947 – September 9, 2019_x000D_
Robert Baughan was born on 4th of July in 1947, and because of this date, his family nicknamed him
“Sparky.” Rob grew up in Mt. Airy, North Carolina, and always bragged that he grew up in the town on
which Mayberry was based (from The Andy Griffith Show). Rob was an only child. His mother, Carrie
Mae Swaim from North Carolina, passed away when he was a teenager. After high school Rob joined the
Air Force and started his radio career. He worked as a DJ for the Armed Forces Radio. Rob’s father, Frank
Baughan, also from North Carolina, passed away while Rob was in the military.
Upon leaving the military he continued with his radio career where he DJ-ed at various stations around
the country. For most of the stations he was “Rob Sherwood.” He ended his radio career here in
California. Rob, who was now going by “Rob Kacey,” was half of the team of Rob and Carol in the
Morning at KO93/B93 in Modesto in the early 1990s, with Carol Benson being the other half. He then
moved to KJOY in Stockton and from there he retired.
Rob had been doing voice-over work his entire career and he had a talent for impersonations including
Warner Brother cartoon characters, Ronald Reagan, Peter Falk, and numerous others. You never knew
which character would greet you on his answering machine. Rob had voiced many local and a few
national commercials including Woods Furniture in Turlock: “Take a Walk in the Woods” slogan; Pepsi
Mini-Cans; Slater Brothers Furniture; and more. He was heavily involved with the Hershey Chocolate
Festival in Oakdale. He also emcee’d numerous New Year’s Eve parties around Modesto and Stockton.
In 1993, Rob met Michelle Toupin, currently of Turlock. They married and had a daughter, Kacey
Rochelle Baughan. Kacey currently lives in Southern California.
Rob passed away at his home in Stockton on September 9, 2019. Because Rob was in the Air Force, the
family will be pursuing a ceremony for the interment of his ashes at San Joaquin Valley National
Cemetery in Santa Nella, California. If you wish to receive more information regarding this ceremony,
please contact Michelle at email@example.com.
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Larry Fuss saysJune 8, 2022 at 1:06 am
I just ran across this. So sad to hear about Rob’s passing. When I was a kid, I used to listen to him on WIiN-97 in Atlanta where he did afternoons. I got to meet him at a live broadcast at some point. He was one of my radio heroes.
Bob Bronson saysDecember 16, 2021 at 4:35 am
I just noticed this obit because I searched Rob’s name . He and I were fellow DJs in Armed Forces Radio in Thailand. A great guy.
Kristin Claxon saysSeptember 27, 2019 at 6:24 pm
So talented and always such a pleasure to deal with!! Booked Rob for a dozen or so VO jobs in the last few years.
Just learned of his passing and am heart broken !
He will be missed !
Colleen Keenan saysSeptember 23, 2019 at 4:32 am
Rob was a “fixture” friend. He came to all the parties and all the brunches and dinners. He had great funny things to say. I will miss him immensely.
Tom Henry saysSeptember 22, 2019 at 5:05 pm
I had the pleasure of hanging out with Rob the last few years with our Stockton Progressives group. He always had great stories to tell. He will be missed. Rest In Peace ✌ Rob.