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Robert Douglas Moule

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Robert Douglas Moule

Stayton - Robert Douglas Moule of Stayton, Oregon passed from this life on January 19, 2018. He is honored and remembered fondly by his family as the most gentle and most upstanding of individuals. He is survived by his wife, Jean Golson Moule; his children, Mary Ellen Moule and her spouse Gregory Woods, of New York City; Michael Mountain Moule and his spouse Jennifer Hill, of Kauai, Hawaii; and Matthew Malcolm Moule and his spouse Angela Freeman, of Portland; his siblings, Beatrice Dick of Bardos, France; David Moule, of Eugene, Oregon; and Charles Moule of White City, Oregon. He is also remembered fondly by his grandchildren Jaylin Freeman-Broadous, Quinci Freeman-Lytle, Ainsley Mae Moule Woods, James Sterling Moule Woods, Charles Scott Moule, and Bella Freeman-Moule.

Robbie, as he was known to his family and friends, was born in Stockton, California on July 18, 1943 to parents Malcolm Moule and Ellen (Douglas) Moule. He attended the University of California at Berkeley, where he met his beloved wife Jean. They met the day President Kennedy was shot and were later arrested together in the Free Speech Movement. Robbie earned a master's degree in History from the University of San Francisco, but when they moved to Oregon in 1969, he couldn't find a teaching job, so he did seasonal work planting and thinning trees for local timber companies. In 1973, he was hired full-time by Mason, Bruce, and Girard, where he worked for Avery Properties managing timber, retiring in 2006. Until shortly before he passed, he enjoyed showing friends and family the old-growth forests, modern timber techniques, and the perfect places to search for edible mushrooms in the woods where he spent so much of his time.

Settling first near Silver Falls Park and welcomed by the community of Chapel in the Hills, Robbie and Jean then lived in Lyons. They moved to their home on Kingston-Lyons Drive in 1981, where they raised their three children and resided until his death. Robbie served as a deacon at Santiam Chapel in Lyons and then One Way Fellowship Foursquare Church in Stayton, and led bible study at the church in their home for 10 years. He served on the Lyons City Council and on the school board of Stayton Union High School, and worked weekends as a ski instructor at Hoodoo Ski Area. He cultivated and harvested a magnificent garden.

Robbie was diagnosed with salivary duct cancer in May, 2014. The doctors at Salem Cancer Institute, Oregon Health Sciences University, and Providence Hospital in Portland worked together to devise treatments and encouraged Robbie to live life to the fullest.

After his diagnosis, his family joined him on trips to Alaska, National Parks in Arizona and Utah, Central Oregon, and Spain, exploring different cultures and wild spaces as he has for all of his life. Jean and Robbie also traveled to New York City, California, Hawaii, the Mediterranean, French Polynesia, Egypt and Jordan, Canada, and Mexico in recent years, determined to see and appreciate together as much of the world as possible.

We will all miss him dearly. We have benefited from his contemplative demeanor, strength of character, and positive outlook on life.

A day of remembrance is planned for what would have been his 75th birthday on July 18, 2018.
Published in StatesmanJournal on Jan. 24, 2018
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