Robert E. Hart

Born: Thu., Mar. 9, 1922
Died: Thu., Sep. 1, 2011

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Robert E. "Bob" Hart - a resident of Pendleton died Thursday, September 1, 2011, in the St. Anthony Hospital in Pendleton. He was 89 yeas old. Funeral services will be conducted Friday, September 9, 2011, at 1:00 P.M. at the Peace Lutheran Church in Pendleton. Burial will follow at Olney Cemetery, Pendleton. Viewing will be held between the hours of 4 and 6 P.M. Thursday evening, and will be in the Burns Mortuary of Pendleton. Contributions in his memory may be made to St. Anthony Hospice, and may be sent care of Burns Mortuary of Pendleton, P.O. Box 489, Pendleton, Oregon 97801. You may send condolences or sign the online guestbook at Mr. Hart was born March 9, 1922, in Grandview, Washington. He was the third child born to Wm. Everett and Louise Audelia Paden Hart. He was raised in Mabton, Washington, where he attended all twelve years of school. He graduated with the Class of 1940. He excelled in scholastics and sports. Bob left home at the age of 18 to work for the Oregon Highway Department. In August of 1941 he married his sweetheart, Bette Ruth Parfitt of Sunnyside, Washington. She traveled with him throughout the state until they settled permanently in Pendleton in 1943. They were truly partners in the business world and he was lost when she passed away in February of 2000. Bob was drafted into the United States Army in 1945, and enjoyed a stint in Japan where he came to love the Japanese people, particularly the children. He spoke often of giving his rations of candy to the kids. After his honorable discharge from the Army, he served in the National Guard as a heavy equipment operator. Although Bob worked many full-time and part time jobs in order to support his family, he most notably was a millwright for the Iglehart Mills for many years, and owner-operator of Dobyns-Hart Pest Control from the late 1950's until he sold the business shortly after the passing of his dear wife and beloved employee Brad Stuvland. He recently expressed how the joy had gone out of the job after Bette and Brad passed. While in that industry, he had served as the Chairman of the NW Pest Control Association and was often a keynote speaker sharing his great knowledge of coyote and ground squirrel control and later his expertise in the fumigation of grain ships. In the late 1970's and 80's he and his crew fumigated all the grain ships heading to China from the entire west coast of the United States. In his retirement, he kept busy: going to his office daily, managing his rental properties, drinking coffee with his many friends and enjoying his children and grandchildren. To those who knew him, he was a kind, generous and extremely optimistic man. Bob served his community as a lifetime volunteer at the Pendleton-Round-Up, a member of the Elks Lodge, the Eagles Lodge, the VFW, the Oregon Pest Control Association, and the NW Control Association. Bob loved children and animals, and was a soft touch for donating to many worthy causes. He is survived by: two brothers; Roger Hart of Yakima, Washington, and Bill Hart of Kennewick, Washington, sons Mike Hart, and Bob "Perk" Hart, both of Pendleton, a daughter, Suzie Rawe and husband Larry of Hermiston, and a daughter-in-law, Linda Robinson of Pendleton, ten grandchildren, twenty great-grandchildren, two great-great-grandchildren and very dear friend and soul mate, Jean Cook of Pendleton. He was preceded in death by his parents, four sisters, two brothers, his beloved wife Bette and his youngest son Steve Hart.

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Debbie and Toots Everhart
   Posted Tue September 06, 2011
We are very sorry to hear about Bob's passing. Our thoughts and prayers are with you. Just know that the good memories will take you through this difficult time. Bob will always be with you.

Tom and Avril Nicholson
   Posted Tue September 06, 2011
We are so sorry for your loss. Know that our prayers and thoughts are with you in your time of need. Your father was a great person, always caring and a good friend to our family.

Greg Hodgen
   Posted Thu September 08, 2011
It saddens me to see Bob go. My Dad Tuck Hodgen and Bob were the closest of friends. His boys Mike and Perky are good friends of mine as well. They are a great family. Bob has taken care of our pest problems all of my life with a smile. Thank you Bob, and God Bless.

Steve and Karen Edmonds
   Posted Fri September 09, 2011
We are so sorry to hear of your loss. Bob truly was such a wonderful, sincere person. Our thoughts and prayers are with all of the family. Steve and Karen Edmonds

Jack Sacrison
   Posted Sun September 11, 2011
Sorry to hear of Bobs passing he made a diference in many lives.

susie andrews hunt
   Posted Sun September 11, 2011
i spent my entire childhood growing up three house down kirk street from Bob and Betty. Everyone in sherwood new that at Halloween that was the house to go to first. They gave out the big candy many memories with them and my parents Del and Dottie. I am so very sorry for your loss. He was a wonderful man. Susie Andrews Hunt

   Posted Thu February 02, 2012
I remember Mr. and Mrs. Hart but I was a friend of Bobby and a classmate of Mike and I have just gotten online and got into this website by trial and error my condolences to the Hart family. I talked to Bobby when I was in Pendleton at my mom's place just before I moved her to Albany to live with me. She died Dec. 17. 1997 x

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