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Robert Kenneth Molloy Obituary
Robert Kenneth Molloy Bob was born in Orofino, Idaho in 1922. He grew up in Auburn, Washington, then moved to Coeur d' Alene, Idaho where he graduated from High School in 1941. At the start of WWII he was in the NROTC at the University of Washington. He transferred to Naval Pilot Training and received his Naval Pilot "Wings" and Commission at Pensacola, Florida. Until the end of WWII, he flew Navy PBM Patrol Bombers. In 1945, he married his High School sweetheart, Sylvia Landrus. He always said this was the best decision he ever made. They lived in Missoula, Montana, until he graduated from Montana State University with a Degree In Forestry. He started his working career in logging engineering, scaling, and timber cruising. However, he spent most of his working years in managing, expanding, and rebuilding veneer, plywood, and particle board plants in Oregon and California. Some of the companies he worked for were Fir Manufacturing, Umpqua Plywood, Humboldt Plywood, Roddis Plywood, and Simpson Timber. Bob's personal and civic activities included long-time member and Past President of Arcata Rotary Club, including Paul Harris Fellowship, Member of the County Grand Jury, ten years square-dancing with the Westerners: he organized initial formation of the United Way Area Wood Products Program; served as a board member of McKinleyville and Arcata School Districts for ten years; an Elder and Trustee in the Arcata Presbyterian Church for forty years; Third Degree Mason in Myrtle Creek, Oregon; member of Musicians' Union 333; and member of Woody Thompson's Band; Past President of the Local Experimental Aircraft Association. Upon retiring from Simpson, Bob became General Manager of the Humboldt Bay Municipal Water District for five years. Upon retiring, he enjoyed helping his wife with her hobby/business growing Geraniums for Farmer's Market, Arcata. Bob's personal hobby was flying private planes, his last one was a Fly Baby single place, open cockpit model. Bob and Sylvia were happily married for 63 years and lived most of the California years in Bayside. Bob is survived by his daughters Susan Molloy of Snowflake, Arizona, Peggy Molloy of Bayside, and grand-daughter Swan Rose Asbury of Portland, Oregon. His Memorial is being planned with Paul's Chapel, Arcata, please call (707) 822-2445 for details. The date is set for Saturday, July 12th to be held at 4 p.m. Members of the Eureka Brass Band, formerly Woody Thompson's Band, will be playing intermittently during the service, Mother Susan Armstrong, speaking. Bob was a great lover of stray dogs and would appreciate any gift amounts be given to the local animal shelters in his honor. He passed away early in the morning of June 18, 2014. Present were his two daughters, his grand-daughter, and her husband, Christopher Asbury of Portland, Oregon. Special thanks to St. Joseph's Hospital Home Health and Humboldt of Hospice. Please sign the guestbook at www.times-standard.com and click on obituaries.
Published in Eureka Times-Standard from June 28 to July 6, 2014
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