DURHAM, N.C. - Henry R. "Rusty" Jobe, 91, passed peacefully in his sleep on Sunday. Jan. 6 in Durham, N.C.
He was born in Mebane, attended Burlington High School and graduated from North Carolina State University in Chemical Engineering. He served in China during World War II
in the U.S. Army
. He married his wife of 62 years, Sylvia Shellenberger, during the war.
After the war, Mr. Jobe joined Merck and in 1960 he went to India as technical adviser for the installation of a Streptomycin plant. In 1962 he joined the international division of Merck and continued to live in India and, eventually, 11 countries (Asia, the Middle East, Europe and South America) during his career.
After retirement, the Jobes settled in Southern Pines, N.C., where he was an active member of the community, volunteering with the schools, serving on the boards of two charter schools and participating in service organizations. The Jobes won distinction from the governor of North Carolina as "volunteers of the year" for their service to the community.
Over the recent Christmas holiday with his family, he expressed his gratitude for a full and wonderful life. (Full details are available in his memoir, Rusty Jobe's Small World on Lulu.com
). He will be remembered for his enthusiasm for life and as a life-long learner.
He is survived by daughters, Holly Jobe of Flourtown, Pa., Kate Jobe and husband Joseph Goodbread of Portland, Ore., Hildy Lindsey and husband John of Durham, N.C.; two grandchildren, Sloan Lindsey of Vienna, Austria, and Brian Lindsey of Columbia, S.C.; one great-granddaughter, Fraya of Columbia, S.C.
A private celebration of his life for family and close friends was held in Durham, N.C., on January 12.
Information provided by Clements Funeral Service Inc.