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Robert L. Wood

February 24, 1931 — January 13, 2020

Robert (Bob) L. Wood, a long-time resident of Sisters, died on January 13, in Coos Bay, Oregon.

He was a long-time employee of Crown Zellerbach Paper Company, retiring in 1985 after serving that company in the roles of research chemist, supervision, consulting, and senior engineer. After retiring and moving to Sisters, he often said that he was no longer working for pay but rather working as a volunteer.

And volunteer he did.

He worked with Boy Scouts of America for over 50 years ending at the district and state level. He was active in Habitat for Humanity, building houses, counseling residents and working in the store. He was a member of Shepherd of the Hills Lutheran Church as a teacher, a council member and president of the congregation. He served on the board of the Tollgate subdivision. In addition, he became a member of the Kiwanis. And if that wasn’t enough, he loved to read to children at the school.

Bob was born in Flint, Michigan, where he married Maxine Vincent in 1949. He graduated from University of Michigan in 1956 with a BS in chemistry. Bob’s zest for life, his caring for others, and his infectious smile were well-known. He loved being with his ever-expanding family, who felt that their Dad could and did do just about anything. He built two of his homes and remodeled the others, built three wooden boats, hiked, fished, camped, hunted, skied, traveled, rebuilt and repaired cars, and played actively with his family and children.

Spare time and weekends were spent playing board games, cards, and spending time with his family. Bob and his wife were foster parents to more than a dozen teens who needed good parents and a loving home.

He is survived by his wife; six children — Roseanne Doane, Doug, Larry, Greg, Linda Talboy, and Bryan; 14 grandchildren; and 15 great-grandchildren. He welcomed all additions to his family regardless of how they joined.

A Celebration of Life for Bob will be held at Gloria Dei Lutheran Church in Coos Bay on February 15 at 2 p.m. More information and a full obituary can be found at Robert (Bob) Wood.


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