Bob was born in Davenport, Iowa on Jan. 2, 1926. He passed away peacefully at Longview Community Health and Hospice surrounded by the love of his family on July 16, 2019 at the age of 93.
After graduating from high school in Terry, Montana, Bob served in WW II from February 1943 through February 1946. He served in the Korean War from September 1950 through October 1951.
Bob met love of his life and lifetime partner Joyce Ann in 1946. They married October 11, 1947 and enjoyed a 63-year lifetime together as entrepreneurial business partners, adventurers, and best friends in the construction industry and other enterprises throughout their years in the Great NW until Joyce’s passing in 2011.
Throughout his life, Bob enjoyed construction and woodworking on any level. Bob returned to Clatskanie after Joyce’s passing eight years ago. He completed his last construction project, a shingled 10x12 garden shed, in Clatskanie, at the age of 90 years. Bob’s family would like to extend a sincere warm thank you to the wonderful Clatskanie breakfast crew who always saved Bob a place at the breakfast table in the morning. You all know who you are. Bob’s family would also like to recognize and thank Bob’s “Outlaw Gang” for always holding a place around the campfire for Bob at day’s end.
Bob is survived by his four dedicated and beloved children Sharon (Mark), Chris (Skip), Doug (Debbie), and Gwen; cherished grandchildren Kenny (Keri), Robert, Echo, Bryon, Michelle (Jamie); and adored great-grandchildren Josephine, Connor, Jordan, and Brantley; and Bob’s younger brother Phil (Janet).
A military service will be held at 1 p.m. on Thursday, August 8, 2019 at the Willamette National Cemetery in Portland, Oregon. Attendees may check in at the Willamette National Cemetery Administration office that day for directions to the site.
In lieu of flowers, memorial gifts may be made to any chapter of the American Society for Prevention of Cruelty to Animals.
A poem written by Bob’s brother, Phil – “Brother”
Time has come, pain is past.
Spirit free to soar at last.
The past remember well, the future now to dwell.
Our questions still abound, your answers all are found.
Your faith and love, our family blessed.
We wish you, brother, gentle rest.