Robert "Bob" Flamme|
August 17, 1929 - August 10, 2014
Robert Eugene Flamme of Salem, OR and Palm Desert, CA died tragically August 10, 2014 of injuries sustained from being struck by a vehicle as a pedestrian 4 days prior.
Born August 17, 1929 in Thunder Hawk, South Dakota to Grace N. and Oscar W. Flamme. Bob attended school in Thunder Hawk, then Lemmon South Dakota, and finished High School at Washington High School in San Francisco, CA. After graduating high school he served in the Merchant Marines on the SS President Wilson. As an adult he attended the University of Colorado Bank Marketing School.
Bob's first job was working on Henry Kittleson's Ranch in South Dakota where he was paid $1.00/day. His love for South Dakota and his roots continued throughout his life. He visited his hometown every July for the Boss Cowman's Celebration and All Class Reunion. He held a deep affinity for the town, people and the rolling wheat fields of his parents' original homestead. After his tour of duty in the Merchant Marines he moved to Eugene where he and his brother Ed owned a local grocery store. As an adult he pursued a career in banking which began as a collector for First National Bank in Klamath Falls, Oregon, and continued work with them in Salem, Oregon. He then worked for Western Security Bank as the Executive Vice President and retired with them as Key Bank in 1992.
His love of sports was evident. In 1964, he organized the Babe Ruth Baseball league and coached teams for them. For years he was Football Official and Commissioner for the Salem Football Officials Association, being inducted into the Football Officials Hall of Fame in 2012. In his younger years he lived in Eugene, OR which led to over 60 years of avid support of University of Oregon football. During those years he was a season ticket holder, and for many years served as President of the Duck Club in Salem. He only gave up his season tickets this past fall to become a season ticket holder for Willamette University Bearcats where his grandson attends school and plays football. In addition, he served as Boxing Judge for the Oregon State Athletic Commission. Golf was a major part of his life. He marshalled at several local golf courses, and continued to play the game weekly, having just played a round of golf the day before the accident.
His civic involvements included the Jaycee's in his early years. He earned the Distinguished Service Award Salem Area Chamber of Commerce. In 1975 he helped organize the Boys and Girls Club and was awarded the National Service to Youth Award for 35 years of devoted service. He served on Governor Neil Goldschmidt's Economic Development Committee from 1983-1989, and was Secretary-Treasurer of The Committee, an organization of Salem business leaders. He continued to be a member of Salem Fraternal Order of Eagles and Keizer BPO Elks, where he and Chris could be found on the dance floor every Wednesday and Friday night.
Although his list of interests and accomplishments is lengthy, his most important trait was as a human being. He was an outstanding, loving and supportive partner, father, grandfather, and friend. Words cannot express the shock and grief we feel at his unexpected passing. Our hearts are broken.
Survivors include the love of his life of 10 years, Christina Kelly, daughters Mary Flamme Abdie, son-in-law Jim Abdie, Susan Flamme Wallace, and precious grandchildren Kaitlyn Abdie, Daniel Abdie, Kendall Wallace and Ava Wallace. Also surviving are nephews Tom Wallen of Burlingame, CA; Bob Wallen of Chico, CA; Craig Flamme of Nashville, TN; and Steve Flamme of Tacoma, WA. He was preceded in death by his sisters Arlene and Alice, brother Ed, and nephew Mike Wallen.
A Celebration of Life will be held on September 7, 2014 at 2:00 at Keizer Elks Lodge. 4250 Cherry Ave. NE. Keizer, OR.
Assisting the family is Virgil T. Golden Funeral Service.
In lieu of flowers contributions are welcome to the Boys and Girls Club of Salem, OR.
Our family thanks the wonderful nurses, physicians, and chaplains for their phenomenal help and support during his 5 day stay at Salem Hospital. Your care and efforts to save our dad will never be forgotten.
Published in StatesmanJournal on Aug. 24, 2014