Robert Vaughn "Bob" Newland
1948 - 2021
Sunset Hills Cemetery Funeral Home & Crematorium
4810 Willamette St
Eugene, OR
Robert "Bob" Vaughn Newland
October 27, 1948 - June 30, 2021
Bob Newland, Oregon Duck and New Orleans Saints football player, businessman, loving husband, father and grandfather passed from this earth into glory on June 30th, 2021 at 72 years old. He was surrounded by his family -- just as he would have wanted.
Bob was born on October 27, 1948 in Medford, Oregon to Robert Warren and Carolyn Vaughn Newland. He moved to Eugene with his parents and sisters Carole and Candace in 1957. Bob was a proud North Eugene Highlander, class of 1967. He went on to the University of Oregon where he studied sociology, was a member of the student senate, and played wide receiver for the Oregon Ducks football team. Bob was a force on the gridiron, setting many school records at Oregon and earning All-American honors in 1970. Bob went on to play for the New Orleans Saints for four seasons, from 1971-1974. He received the University of Oregon's Leo Harris Award in 1991 and was inducted into the University of Oregon's Athletic Hall of Fame in 1994.
The greatest catch of Bob's life was when he met and fell in love with Christie Cole in 1974. They got married on June 22, 1974 in Sacramento, California and started a 47-year adventure based on respect, love, and their shared importance of family. Their love was one for the ages; their relationship was a model for many in their family. They truly cherished each other. In 1975 they returned to Eugene where they later raised their children - son Bill and daughter Anne. Bob was an inspiration for his children and a lifelong support to them.
After retiring from football, Bob became a successful businessman in Eugene, first as a lumber wholesaler and later as a financial advisor. Bob was a proud Catholic and active in his church. He attended the Newman Center in Eugene. Bob loved to travel with his wife and family. He was active in the Eugene community. Bob was a proud supporter of the Oregon Ducks, a Rotarian, a member of the Knights of the Round Table, active in the Oregon Track Club, on the board of the Boys and Girls Club of Emerald Valley, a longtime volunteer with KidsSports, and a coach for his children's and grandchildren's football and basketball teams. As an advocate for youth and youth sports throughout his lifetime, Bob saw the potential in people, especially in young people, and did his best to help them reach their potential. He believed that sports are a great equalizer, that sports are a great outlet for children, and that sports help people gain confidence, have fun, and learn essential life skills such as working with others and overcoming challenges.
Bob is survived by his wife Christie Newland, sister Candace Newland-Holley, son Bill and daughter-in-law Christina Newland, daughter Anne and son-in-law Diogo Bolster, his five grandchildren Antonio, Daniela, Bobby, Will and Caroline, and his beloved nieces and nephews.
Bob will be missed dearly by his family and friends, but we are comforted that as a follower of Jesus he is now resting peacefully with the Lord.
A memorial service to celebrate Bob's life will be held Saturday, July 31, 2021 at 11:00 a.m. at: First Baptist Church of Eugene 3550 Fox Meadow Rd Eugene, OR 97408.
In lieu of flowers, memorial donations in Bob's honor can be made to the Bob Newland Memorial Scholarship Fund at Kidsports: 2054 Amazon Parkway Eugene, Oregon 97405.
Arrangements made by Sunset Hills Funeral Home in Eugene.
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Published by Eugene Register-Guard from Jul. 7 to Jul. 11, 2021.
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First Baptist Church of Eugene
3550 Fox Meadow Rd, Eugene, OR
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Today, I said Goodbye to my " Brother From Another Mother." God Bless the Newland Family for Sharing "Bob" with all of Us & We are Much Better People for your Gift. Stay Blessed because God Is Still Good!
Bobby Green, Sr.
July 31, 2021
I first became aware of Bob Newland, the Oregon Duck football player. I competed against Bob in the lumber business. We first met in person on a basketball court in a 3 on 3 tournament. We become friends through the lumber futures business and remained friends until he left us. We were kindred spirits. We shared a love of family first, sports, business, and current events. Bob's dry sense of humor knew no bounds. One of his many endearing qualities. I loved him like a brother, and will cherish all the time we spent together, and the literally thousands of phone calls over the years. He enriched us all who were lucky enough to know him. I love you Bob Newland, my friend through eternity. Bless you Christie, Anne, Bill and family.
Chris Carter
July 19, 2021
Our sincere condolence to Christie and family for the passing of Bob Newland. He was such a person with full energy and compassion. He had the opportunity to meet our relatives in Taiwan when he visited there on business. We surely will miss him and pray that he is resting in peace in God's kingdom. God bless !
Anthony and Annie Louie
July 14, 2021
Christie, I met you first at Lincoln Junior High School in Cottage Grove, and later had the pleasure to work with Bob as my financial advisor. You two were such a grand example of happy marital unity. I am saddened to know we have lost such a kind, compassionate, honorable man, yet I am thankful we shared the same journey for a while. Please accept my condolences. God bless you.
Jeri Cary Christian
July 10, 2021
Rest In Peace my friend. You built a good life with your sweet wife and God blessed the works of your hands. I will miss you and will always remember you as my friend. To Christie and family, my prayers are with you. I love you all.
Angela Root
July 7, 2021
Bob was always a class act, whether it was in High School or at our 50th HS reunion. Peace be with you Bob. Condolences to the family.
Lew Smith
July 7, 2021
First, my deepest sympathies to Bob's family. I worked with Bob for several years at Smith Barney. Undoubtedly he was one of the finest individuals I've ever known. His generosity knew no bounds. He offered me the use of his condo in Hawaii which lead to my engagement with my wife Kat. I am going to miss him deeply. Thanks Bob.
Jack Oeming
July 7, 2021
We are so sorry to hear about Bob. Roosevelt worked with Christie for many years with the 4j school district and wanted to send our love to you and your family. We´ll pray for your peace and comfort. God bless you! Roosevelt and Kristin White
Roosevelt and Kristin White
July 7, 2021
My Deepest Sympathies to Bob's Family. Met Bob in 1958 at Bill Bowerman's All Comer's Meets. Great Athlete and Person. Last time I saw him was at the Oregon/Auburn championship Game. You are always Better when you cross paths with people like Bob.
Dennis McNaught
July 4, 2021
Dear Family, You have my sincerest condolences. I went to NEHS with Bob and was coached by his father. A bright light has left this earth and now shines down on all of us. I am a better person for knowing both bob and his father. Blessings always, Brian Knesal
Brian Knesal
July 3, 2021
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