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Robert Stubblefield

Created on Thursday, 18 September 2014 13:21 stubblefield
Written by Central Oregonian

December 2, 1915 - September 7, 2014

Robert Stubblefield passed away on Sept. 7, 2014 in Redmond after hip surgery resulting from a fall. Bob was 98 and proud to have lived independently, with the assistance of his neighbor and friend Marty Glanz. Bob will be missed by his many friends and neighbors.

Bob was born to David and Lila Stubblefield in Boise, Idaho, on Dec. 2, 1915. He was raised on the Sheep Experiment Station in Caldwell, Idaho, with his two sisters and various grandparents in a time when there was no indoor toilet or electricity and remembers his sister’s job to be trimming the candle wicks on Saturday nights. Bob attended the College of Idaho in Caldwell and became a buckaroo in southern Idaho and Oregon. He volunteered for the Army Air Force when World War II started. Stubb, as his Air Force buddies called him, received the Distinguished Flying Cross, nine Air Medals, and three Presidential Citations for his service that included navigating 46 bombings in the European Campaign.

After his World War II service, he moved to Nevada and became involved in the mining industry. During this time, he received patents on several mechanical devices including a patent for the first roll-up seat belt that was installed in Japanese vehicles. It was during this time and for the next 18 years that he was married to Barbara Stubblefield. They lived primarily in Salt Lake City. They enjoyed bird hunting with their many black Labradors, all named Pete. In his later years, he enjoyed bird-watching and attracted many types of birds using multiple bird-feeders with various specialty feeds for each one. Bob’s other talents included leather braiding, fishing, authoring a cookbook, and fixing anything that was broken.

In 1995, at the age of 79, Bob relocated to Oregon to be nearer to family. He enjoyed fishing in the reservoir and spending time with his many new friends and those who came from all over the country to visit him. He was active in the community, serving on the Idelway Improvement District and the Advisory Committee for the Sheriff’s Office, and was a regular at the Apple Peddler and other Prineville establishments.

Bob was preceded in death by his parents; his sisters, Mel Alkire and Doris Michelson; and his former wife, Barbara Stubblefield.

He is survived by his niece, Lila Wickham; his grandniece, Darcy Stanger; and grand-nephews Cyrus Stanger and Matthew Stanger.

A military service will held at Willamette National Cemetery, located at 11800 S.E. Mt. Scott Blvd., Portland, on Monday, Sept. 29, at 12:30 p.m.