Robert Everett Filback
April 12, 1924 - June 12, 2014
Robert (Bob) was loved by all and will be greatly missed. Born in Iron Mountain, Michigan, he lived a wonderful life of ninety years and is now with his wife Doni and other family and friends who preceded him into eternity. Bob was a genuine blessing to all who knew him, thinking the very best of everyone. He was a devoted Christian and an advocate of all things good. He enjoyed fishing and the outdoors, including caring for his garden and feeding the wild birds and squirrels. He loved nothing more than to share a good story or bring everyone to laughter with an old joke. A wonderful loving father, husband and friend, Bob didn't have a mean bone in his body and instead projected only his characteristic smile and positive attitude.
Upon graduation from high school in 1943, Bob was accepted to the U.S. Army Air Corps Pilot School. After some harrowing experiences in training (which he loved to tell stories about), he was transferred to Bombardier's School and assigned to the nose position of a B-17 Bomber. During a training mission, his B-17 caught fire and the crew was forced to bail out. Bob suffered a severe concussion and after six months of hospitalization, he was honorably discharged due to his injury as a 2nd Lieutenant, on September 1, 1944. Subsequently, Bob completed his Forestry Engineering degree at Michigan State University and went on to enjoy a rewarding career working for the Bureau of Land Management.
Robert is survived by his son, Rob; daughters, Deborah and Roberta; stepdaughter, Rebecca and stepson Martin and sixteen grandchildren.
A memorial service with military honors was at 9:00am, June 16, 2014 at Willamette National Cemetery in Portland, Oregon.
Keizer Funeral Chapel
4365 River Road North Keizer, OR 97303
Published in StatesmanJournal from June 15 to June 17, 2014