Robert George Syme

January 22, 1925 ~ October 3, 2013

Robert George Syme, a longtime Prineville resident, passed away on Oct. 3, 2013, at Ochoco Care Center in Prineville after a long illness. He was 88. He was born in Ontario, Ore. to William and Esther Syme on Jan. 22, 1925.

Robert loved people and was known everywhere he went as a very kind loveable man who loved to stop and visit with you whether he knew you or not. Although he only went to school through eighth grade you would never know as his work background was quite extensive. He started out farming/ranching in Idaho at the young age of 16 where he contracted his services to various farms cutting hay, herding sheep, construction, farming and finally telephone work. He helped build the Oxbow and Brownlee dams as well as different construction projects in Northern California and Eastern Oregon. He began working for a locally owned telephone company in Condon, Ore. in 1964 then got a job with General Telephone Company. in Tigard, Ore. and retired from GTE in 1989. He was married to Leona Syme for over 50 yrs. and raised three children.

He loved to hunt and fish and even had the opportunity to go on a fishing trip on the Arctic Circle. One of his biggest hobbies was tracing the Syme family genealogy and he had collected a detailed accounting of the Syme family back to Scotland where his father immigrated to America from. His greatest love, other than his immediate family, were his grandkids and great-grandkids whom he loved spending time with.

Robert is survived by his brother, Clark Syme, and two sisters, Lucille Turnipseed and Ann Ball as well as his son, Larry (Debra) Syme of Prineville, six grandchildren and 15 great-grandchildren. He was preceded in death by his daughters, Judy and Marsha, and his wife, Leona.

His surviving family would like everyone to know that we sorrow not as family without hope as we know we will see him again and we are separated from him but for a short time. For him it will be but a “twinkling” of an eye, for us it will be until God takes us home to join him. We celebrate his life and his death knowing we will one day be reunited with him as well as the rest of our family that have gone on before us.

His memorial will be held at First Baptist Church (Fourth and Fairview), Prineville on Saturday, Oct. 12, 2013 at 11 a.m.

Arrangements are in the care of Prineville Funeral Home.

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