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Robert Bob Heare

September 23, 1942 - October 3, 2013-


Bob HeareCulver resident Robert Steven “Bob” Heare, 71, passed away at his home on Oct. 3, 2013, from complications of pancreatic cancer.

Bob was born Sept. 23, 1942, in Forest Grove, to Harvey and Nell Heare. As he was growing up, the family lived in multiple locations. Bob was the middle child, with an older brother Dennis Elton Heare, and younger brother, Michael Lee Heare.

At the age of 19, he married Anne Eckermann and they had one child, Janet Elaine Heare Lohr. When he was 28, he met and married Joanne Grace Bridges in Downy, Calif. They had been married for 42 years at the time of his death.

Bob said he attended 14 different schools, and graduated from Corvallis High School in 1960. He joined the U.S. Army and was honorably discharged in 1963.

After the Army, Bob worked in operations of the infant computer industry at Vandenberg Air Force Base, and was later the operations manager of a large Los Angeles savings and loan, and also managed a food processing company.

He and his wife moved to Culver and owned and operated Culver Market for 20 years. He then operated a kettle korn vending business for several years before retiring in 2005.

Bob liked doing lapidary, and especially enjoyed introducing rock cutting and polishing to young people. He enjoyed casinos and became a great fan of bluegrass music. He was one of the founders of the Culver Community Improvement Group, and was an active member.

He joined the Culver Volunteer Fire Department upon moving to Culver, and served on it for several years.

Bob is survived by his wife, Joanne Heare of Culver; daughter, Janet Lohr and her husband Lawrence of Kilgore, Texas; grandson, Staff Sgt. Shane Wesley Keenum and his wife Jennifer; and great-grandchildren, Emma and Wyatt of Fort Carson, Colo.; mother, Nell V. Heare of Bend; brother, Dennis Elton Heare and his wife Diane of Millville, Utah; nieces and nephews, Michael Heare and his children and grandchildren, and Kenneth Heare, all of Logan, Utah, Cyndi Corey and her husband Geoff and their children and grandchild, and Jennifer Barton and her husband Matt and their children and grandchild, and Timothy Heare and his wife Emma and their children, all of Bountiful, Utah; and Bob’s beloved dogs Kai and Sunni, and cats, Kitty Kitty and Turtle.

He was preceded in death by his father, Harvey Heare, and brother, Michael Lee Heare.

Memorial services were held at 11 a.m., Oct. 8, at Culver Community Church, officiated by Pastor Al Detres. A private family interment will be held.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions have been suggested to Culver Community Improvement Group, in care of Jane Hagman, treasurer, at 3347 S.W. Highland Lane, Culver, OR 97734, or St. Charles Foundation's Wendy’s Wish, 2500 N.E. Neff Road, Bend, OR 97701. Arrangements were under the direction of Bel-Air Colonial Funeral Home.