Robert 'Bob' Charles Conn
Sterling resident Robert “Bob” Charles Conn died Tuesday, Feb. 6, 2007, at his home. He was 81.
There will be words of farewell for Mr. Conn at his grandson Jared Struthers’ memorial service held at 4 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 15, at the Abundant Life Assembly of God Church, 32940 N. Sterling Highway, in Sterling. Pastor Bob Reasner will officiate. Additional services will be held at 1 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 17 at the Cherry Park Presbyterian Church, 348 Cherry Park Road in Troutdale, Ore. His grandson, Derek Conn will officiate. His ashes will be buried with his wife at the Willamette National Cemetery in Willamette, Ore.
Mr. Conn was born April 6, 1925, the fourth of 14 children born to Louis and Myrtle Conn in Vernonia, Ore. He served as a seaman first class on the USS Nevada during World War II until he was honorably discharged in March 1943. He met his wife, Martha, in Portland, Ore., and they were married Nov. 29, 1947 in Stevenson, Wash. They spent the majority of their life in Astoria, Ore., where they raised their family “farm style.”
Mr. Conn did various work including carpentry, factory work and chartering his boat, the “Ann Marie,” for salmon fishing out of Hammond, Ore. He recently moved from Portland to live with his youngest daughter and her family in Sterling.
He enjoyed the outdoors and regularly took his family on camping and fishing trips.
“His love for fishing went beyond that which can be expressed in words,” his family said. “There were too many times that his children were forced to eat the smelt intended for sturgeon bait because it wasn’t time to go home yet. It is impossible to think about him without recalling one fishing experience or another. He passed his love of fishing to his whole family. In fact his oldest son owns more fishing gear than the average tackle shop.
“Bob was a happy man that always was ready to give a smile or a joke to everyone he encountered. He lived a full life and was ready to join his wife in heaven. He was a practical man that taught his family to think with common sense. He was a forgiving soul, always willing to give a second chance. He stayed involved in his children’s lives. He loved with his whole heart and was loved in return.
“‘Swarms of living creatures will live wherever the river flows. There will be large numbers of fish because this water flows there and makes the salt water fresh; so where the river flows everything will live Ezekiel 47:9.’ I know what my Dad is doing in heaven!”
He is survived by his children, Barbara Ibarra, Robert Conn, Charles Conn, Thomas Conn, Sherri Struthers and Annie Graybeal; sisters, Alice Wood, Laura Conn, Pearl Albin and Clara Memurtry; brothers, Leo Conn and David Conn; 17 grandchildren and 16 great-grandchildren.
Arrangements were made by Peninsula Memorial Chapel.
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