Robert Redfield "Bob" Elliott was born on Lincoln Street in Klamath Falls on Nov. 28, 1912, and lived his entire life in the Klamath Basin. He died at home on Feb. 17, 2013.
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The son of E.L. and Clara Belle (Redfield) Elliott, he spent his grammar school years at the family homestead near Malin and at the Lincoln Street house, splitting his school year between the Shasta View School in Malin and Riverside Elementary School in Klamath Falls.
In 2004, he retraced much of his path from the homestead to the Shasta View School, hoping to find the original crossing plank still in place on one of the main canals. However, it was gone.
He graduated from Klamath Union High School, where he was known for his prowess on the football field. He attended Southern Oregon Normal School, now Southern Oregon University, worked part time at the Ashland Police Department and acted in several plays under the direction of a young Angus Bomer.
He married Pauline Carner Oct. 17, 1936. In 1939, he began a 36-year career at Weyerhaeuser Co. in Klamath Falls. He began sweeping floors, managed the warehouse for many years, and retired as the regional safety and security manager.
Bob and Pauline were married for 52 years until her death in 1987. They enjoyed their cabin at Diamond Lake and then trailering. The family spent vacation time at the various area lakes and at the Oregon Coast. Once their three children were raised, they became active members of Trails West, a Reno-based group interested in identifying and preserving the early wagon trails, especially the Applegate Trail. Bob served as president of Trails West and Pauline filled the secretary role for several years during the 1980s.
After Bob retired, they joined the snow bird ranks and spent the winter months in the Southwest. They also spent several summers as camp hosts at area campgrounds. Bob and Pauline also spent many hours volunteering at the Klamath County Historical Society and Bob served many years on the board of the Friends of Collier Park.
In 1990, Bob married Ruby Amaker and joined Ruby for many years as general factotum of her manufactured home business in Klamath Falls. Later, Bob and Ruby volunteered at Meals on Wheels, where they delivered meals to people often much younger than themselves. Though in declining physical health for the past several years, his memory was sharp and he enjoyed visiting and watching football. He celebrated his 100th birthday last November at home.
Bob was preceded in death by his first wife Pauline, his parents, four siblings, sons Robert and Leroy, and grandson Casey.
He is survived by his wife Ruby; children Jon and his wife, Sam and Sally Jackson and her husband Jim; grandchildren Elizabeth Moore and her husband Sid, Jason Jackson and his wife Beth, and Robert Jackson and his wife Patricia; and great-grandchildren Chelsea, James, Ariana, Elliott, Sophia and Jack.
A memorial service celebrating Bob's life will be 2 p.m. Saturday at St. Paul's Episcopal Church, 801 Jefferson St., Klamath Falls.
In lieu of flowers, please consider a donation to the Friends of Collier Park or the Klamath County Historical Society.
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Published in Herald And News on Feb. 24, 2013