Robert Harold Thornburg
January 22, 1933 - June 6, 2016
Dallas - Robert Harold Thornburg, age 83, of Dallas Oregon, died peacefully on June 6, 2016 in Salem, Oregon surrounded by his family. Born on January 22, 1933 in Ipswich, South Dakota, he was the son of the late Harold and Ruby (Benson) Thornburg.
Bob grew up in Aberdeen, South Dakota and graduated from Central High School in 1950. He was drafted into the United States Army and served honorably in Germany during the Korean Conflict. Following his military service, Bob attended Northern State Teacher's College and then moved to Hillsboro, Oregon where he married his wife, Sarah. They moved to Salem, Oregon where he worked as a Farmers Insurance Agent for nine years. He also served as a volunteer Fireman for Marion County Fire District. Subsequently, Bob worked for 39 years in the wood products industry as a successful and well respected Salesman for Salem Equipment, Inc. Salesmanship was his passion and during those years he traveled the Pacific Northwest, Alaska, Canada and Europe.
He retired in 2008 and moved to Dallas, Oregon. Bob was a loving, kind husband and father who was very spiritual and put the needs of others first. Throughout his life Bob loved outdoor recreation, ocean fishing, waterskiing, golf and photography. Also, he was fascinated with computers, from the time they were available, and taught himself many new programs over the years. He was a patient learner; he kept up-to-date with the latest technology and loved electronic gadgets. Bob volunteered in his community where he and his wife retired. He was loved and respected by those who knew him and he will be deeply missed.
He is survived by his wife of 58 years, Sarah Thornburg; along with his son, Tom Thornburg and daughter, Pam Zullo; four grandchildren, Kristin (Rian) Berg, Megan (Mike) Ward, Jessica (David) Davis and Corbin Thornburg; two great-grandchildren, Braden and Kylie; seven siblings, Jeanne (Ralph) Huddleston, Esther (Herman) Lier, Marion Oslund, John Thornburg, James Thornburg, Sharon (Jerry) Kilber and David (Katie) Thornburg. He is preceded in death by his son, Joel Thornburg; brother, Donald Thornburg; and sister, Damaris Thornburg.
A family service will be held at a later date. We would like to pay tribute to the caring staff of Salem Hospital 6th Floor. They were there for Bob and his family. Contributions may be made in memory of Bob to Oregon Veterans' Home Lebanon or a charity of choice
Arrangements entrusted to Howell, Edwards, Doerksen Funeral Home.