Robert McGee (1934 - 2015)

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Robert S. McGee
April 9, 1934 - April 9, 2015
Robert Saunders McGee, 81, of Caldwell, Idaho died Thursday, April 9, 2015 at West Valley Medical Center due to complications from pneumonia. Bob was born April 9, 1934 in Colfax, Washington, to Robert and Irene McGee. After graduating from Dayton High School (Dayton, WA) in 1952, he served for two years in Germany with the U.S. Army during the Korean War, then enrolled at Western Washington College in Bellingham, Washington. After two years, he transferred to Washington State University where he received his B. A. in 1960.
In 1956 Bob married Gretchen Brockmueller of Elma, Washington, and together they raised four children. In 1960, he joined the J.R. Simplot Company in Caldwell, Idaho where he spent 30 years first in the food division research and development department and then as a project engineer for the development, design, engineering, construction, and remodeling of potato processing facilities in the United States, Canada, Turkey, and South America. After retirement from J.R. Simplot, he spent two years as a Consultant for the University of Idaho Post Harvest Institute and Volunteers in Overseas Cooperative Assistance, traveling to Poland, Russia, and Hungary to assist in various local projects involving potato processing, storage, and marketing. Bob then worked as a Business Development consultant for Hansen-Rice, Inc., providing information and assistance for the design, engineering, and construction of potato storage facilities in Canada and South and Central America.
His frequent travel and love of flying led him to earn a pilot's license in both single and multiengine aircraft, logging over 3000 hours of flight time. Bob also served for more than 30 years as a member of the Caldwell Industrial Airport Commission, with many of those years as Commission Chairman, and was recently recognized by the City of Caldwell for his many years of service to the Airport and the community. In 1991, he obtained an Amateur Radio License (Call number WB7PUS). He was a member of two professional societies, the American Society of Agricultural and Biological Engineers (ASABE) and the Potato Association of America (PAA), and authored a publication "Current State of the Art in Potato Storage" for an International Conference (Harvest and Postharvest Technologies for Fruit and Vegetables) in Guanajuato, Mexico.
Bob is survived by his wife, Gretchen McGee, of Caldwell, ID; his children: Dr. Robert S. McGee, Jr. (Catherine McGee) of Indianapolis, IN; Michelle Grasmick (Jeff Grasmick) of Norman, OK; Lisa Mikelson (Shawn Mikelson) of Wilder, ID; and Jason E. McGee (Tina McGee) of Middleton, ID; 12 grandchildren: Cody Grasmick (Krista Grasmick) and Brady Grasmick (Alex Grasmick); Clinton ("Tate") Mikelson; Meredith and Laura McGee; Christopher and Colton McGee; Cassandra Burgin, and Matthew, Jared, Michael, and Jacob Mikelson; and two great-grandchildren, Jaxson Grasmick and Benson Burgin. He is also survived by his brother, John W. McGee (Silvia McGee) of Morgan Hills, CA and their children; and brother-in-law Robin Brockmueller (Brenda Brockmueller) of McMinnville, OR and their children. He was predeceased by his parents, Robert Edward McGee and Irene Rueber McGee.
A Memorial Service will be held Friday, April 17th at 2:00 pm at Dakan Funeral Chapel, Caldwell, ID with the Reverend John Beck officiating, followed by an informal reception. Condolences may be shared at www.dakanfuneralchapel.com.
Memorial donations may be made to Legacy Home Health and Hospice, 680 S Progress Ave #2A, Meridian, ID 83642; or to a .

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Published in Idaho Press Tribune on Apr. 15, 2015
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