Robert Thurman Harbaugh
March 6,1939 - November 19, 2021
Robert Thurman Harbaugh, 82 years, left this earth to rest with God on November 19, 2021. He leaves behind his loving wife of 60 years, Donna, along with his six children: Robert (Susan), James, David (Kate), Steven (Barbara), Brian and Kristine (Ron) as well as his brother Charles (Elaine) and 13 grandchildren and six great grandchildren. He was born to Charles and Bernice Harbaugh on March 6th, 1939, in Los Angeles, CA. Bob was a graduate of UC Berkeley in 1961. While at Berkeley, he wrestled on the varsity wrestling team and was also the campus mascot "Oski" at all football games. In addition to wrestling at a Division 1 college, he was also the Sonoma County Champion in tennis as well. He proudly served as a Captain in the US Army discharged honorably. Following his military service, he began a 34-year teaching career at Healdsburg High School as a French teacher and finishing as the schools Vice Principal. During his tenure at HHS, he founded the schools wrestling program and in three years led the program to the school's first league championship. Bob held many other leadership positions at Healdsburg High including Union President and Athletic Director to name a few. Bob was a highly intelligent man with a love of history, chess, and was an outstanding cards player. Bob was also a very accomplished musician who could pick up any instrument and play it by ear. He was especially adept at playing piano, accordion, banjo, harmonica, ukulele, and the harp. Bob was best known for his thoughtfulness, kindness, friendliness, and fun-loving sense of humor. A private celebration of life will be held with the family. In lieu of flowers any donations can be made to the Healdsburg High School Wrestling Program or St. Jude Children's Research Hospital
Published by Press Democrat on Nov. 28, 2021.