Bob passed away April 23, 2019 in Portland at the age of 82.
Born in Iowa City, Iowa to Ernest and Clarice Hartsock. He was the seventh of nine childrenand raised on a 200 acre farm in Oxford, Iowa.
Bob graduated from Oxford High School in June of 1954 and enlisted in the Air Force one month later. After boot camp he was sent to Portland Air Base. While in Portland he met and fell in love with his first wife Merrilie Dian Erickson. They married on August 4, 1956. They had four children of which they were very proud. Robert James Jr., Debra Jean, Melody Raye, and Kathryn Lorrayne. He was discharged from the Air Force in 1960 after having served six years and was SSGT E-5.
A committal service with military honors will be at 12:30, Wednesday, May 15 at Willamette National Cemetery. A memorial service will follow at 2p.m. at Gresham Memorial Chapel.
The family suggest contributions be made to the Wounded Warrior Fund.