Robert George Derrick

Born: Fri., Mar. 16, 1923
Died: Wed., Dec. 28, 2011

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Robert George "Bob" Derrick passed away in Pendleton, on Wednesday, December 28, 2011, surrounded by his beloved family. He was 88 years old. Bob was born to George and Verna Derrick in 1923 in Gresham Oregon. Reared in the area, he graduated from Gresham Union High School and joined the 11th Airborne as a Paratrooper in 1942, earning the rank of Sergeant. After the war he worked for the Nehalem Logging Company as a purchasing agent in Portland. In 1948 he married Doris Elaine Bednar, a marriage that lasted 63 years. Three years later the couple was joined by a daughter, Sandra, and in 1953, a son, Donald. The following year Bob moved his family to the small community of Wamic, forty miles south of The Dalles, to manage a cattle ranch. During this time Bob purchased a Tri-Pacer airplane and frequently flew to Portland to pick up parts for the ranch. Before the children were in school, the family spent the winter traveling in Arizona, Mexico and California. In 1962, Bob moved his family to Pendleton, where he worked for Pendleton Grain Growers, eventually managing the fertilizer department. He retired in 1978, but at the age of fifty-five he was totally bored, so he created a job for himself with the U.S. Department of Fish and Wildlife, managing McKay Refuge. Many of the improvements made at the refuge were his idea. In 1987 he retired from Fish and Wildlife, but continued volunteering his time until 2000. Bob was an avid sportsman who loved the outdoors; hunting, fishing, flying, spelunking, restoring old cars, gardening, beekeeping, and woodcutting. Throughout his life, he and Doris traveled extensively, visiting all fifty states, much of Canada and Mexico, South America, Europe, Africa, Asia and Australia. The trip he enjoyed the most was the Siberian Railroad trek from Russia to Mongolia and then by plane to China. In 2000 Robert's traveling days were over when he suffered a stroke. His beloved "Dodie" continued to care for him for the next ten years. Robert is survived by his wife Doris, of Pendleton, a brother Jack of Portland, daughter, Sandra Robert Serrano of Prineville, son, Donald Gayle Derrick of Lake Havasu, Arizona, four grandchildren, five great grandchildren and Mitzy, his beloved toy poodle. Disposition was by cremation, and his cremains, will be inurned in the Urn Garden at Forest Lawn Cemetery in Gresham, Oregon. A private family farewell will be held in Portland on December 31st. For those who wish, memorial contributions may be made to P.A.W.S., Pendleton Animal Welfare Shelter, P.O. Box 1876, Pendleton, OR 97801. Sign the guestbook or send condolences online at Burns Mortuary of Pendleton handled arrangements.

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Patti & Rudy Rittenbach
   Posted Fri December 30, 2011
We were so sorry to hear of Bob's passing. Doris and Bob have been 0ur neighbors since we moved here in 1976--and what wonderful neighbors--always friendly and caring. We are very sorry for you, Doris, and the rest of your great family. Our love--Patti and Rudy

Larry Blanc
   Posted Fri December 30, 2011
Sally and I are both very sorry to hear the news of Robert's passing. His son Don was a high school classmate of mine and we had lots of fun riding around in the yellow model A. God Bless, Larry and Sally Blanc.

Cheryl Bailey
   Posted Fri December 30, 2011
Dearest Doris and Family, I am and will always be thinking of you and greiving the loss of your beloved husband and father. He will never be forgotten. Your family has much love and Bob reflected that in his smile. Love your friend Cheryl Bailey & Ron

Morris LeFever
   Posted Fri December 30, 2011
He was such a great guy. He and Doris sure made a contribution to National Wildlife Refuges. I will remember him always. Take care, Morris

Bob & Brenda Talbot
   Posted Fri December 30, 2011
We are so sorry to here about "Grampy" passing away. Although we had the opportunity of meeting him only a few times, the memories and stories of him from family members were priceless. Hold on to those wonderful memories. Our love & prayers to you Don, Doris & family.

Mary and Mel Bates
   Posted Sat December 31, 2011
Doris,Please accept our heartfelt sympathy and extend it to your entire family. Love, Mary and Mel Bates

Ken & Susan Harris
   Posted Sat December 31, 2011
Doris and family. Bob was a great neighbor and friend. We will miss him very much and we will keep you and your family in our thoughts and prayers.

Richard Page
   Posted Sun January 01, 2012
Bob was my first boss at PGG,I enjoyed working for him.

Jo Lynn Gaston Woods
   Posted Sun January 01, 2012
Dear Doris and family: I am so sorry to read about Bob's passing. Doris, I have fond memories of us as English students at EOC. I retired in 2009 after 43 years. I wish you the very best and want you to know that you are loved. Jo Lynn

Deborah Dollowitch-Redfern
   Posted Thu January 05, 2012
Don, I'm very sorry of the passing of your Dad.

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