Robert W. Pfeiffer

Born: Tue., Feb. 21, 1928
Died: Fri., Feb. 7, 2014


8:00 AM to 5:00 PM, Thu., Feb. 13, 2014
Location: Burns Mortuary

Celebration of Life

1:00 PM Sat., Feb. 22, 2014
Location: Pendleton Free Methodist Church

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Robert W. Pfeiffer, Feb. 21, 1928 – Feb. 7, 2014

Robert W. Pfeiffer, D.C., D.A.B.C.O. – a Pendleton resident died Friday, February 7, 2014, at his home.  He was 85 years old.  A Celebration of Life Service will be Saturday, February 22, 2014, at 1:00 PM, at the Pendleton Free Methodist Church, 1711 SW 44th Street, Pendleton, OR 97801, with a dinner afterward.  Sign the online condolence book at  Burns Mortuary of Pendleton is handling arrangements.

Robert was born, to Norma Mea and Carl E. Pfeiffer February 21, 1928, in Lewistown, Montana and at age two and one half, moved with his parents and older sister to Eugene, Oregon.  He worked along side his father on their fruit and nut farm as well as performed other jobs while in high school, saving his earnings for college.  

A body slam onto their couch at age 13, with a “face plant” into the plaster wall culminated in a serious neck and head injury.  The injuries healed after treatment from his neighbor, a chiropractic physician.  This first introduction to chiropractic commenced his life-long interest in and love of the profession.

He worked as a journeyman carpenter after high school with chiropractic school in sight, until he was inducted into the Army, 1950.  Although the Korean War was on, Sergeant Robert W. Pfeiffer, First Class Quartermaster Corps USAR deployed to Germany for “mop-up” and peace keeping duties.  He was lead cook for the 200 troops as well as for the generals who sought out his kitchen for their superior tasty meals.  He transferred to the Army Reserve, 1952, and received his Honorable Discharge, 1955.  

He seized every opportunity to ski while in Europe.  He boasted 47 years as an avid expert Alpine skier and served many seasons on ski patrol.  He sought every opportunity to master photography.  In his younger years, he became a private pilot of small planes and mountain climbed most of the mountains from northern California to northern Washington.

He commenced study at Western States Chiropractic College, Portland, OR after he returned from Germany.  He graduated from Western States Chiropractic College in 1956.  He received his license to practice as a Chiropractic Physician, 1957.  He practiced for a summer in Alaska and two years in Heppner, Oregon before returning to Portland for two years at a community college.  He built his office and set up practice in Pendleton, 1962, where he remained until his Home going.  He attended an advanced course in Chiropractic Orthopedics and earned his Diplomate of American Board of Orthopedics, 1977. 

Dr. Robert Pfeiffer was a member of the Oregon Chiropractic Association; the American Chiropractic Association; and the American Council Chiropractic Orthopedists.  He served in the Oregon Workers Comp Examiner Pool, the Oregon State Board Examiner Pool, and the National Board of Chiropractic Examiner Pool.  He was a former President of the Oregon Association of Chiropractic Physicians and a former Trustee Western States Chiropractic College.  


In 1993, DrBob married Lee Taylor (Hughes) graduate of OHSU, former trauma, cardiac/intensive care nurse.  They worked as a team and they co-authored the booklet “Mild Traumatic Brain Injury and PostConcussion Syndrome,” which held their greatest interest.  He authored several articles in chiropractic journals regarding diagnosis and treatment of spinal problems.  They traveled to teach chiropractic and naturopathic continuing education classes throughout Oregon as well as Hawaii, California, Arkansas, and Iowa; and he taught initial and continuing education classes to Oregon’s certified chiropractic assistants.  He was a friend and mentor to numerous colleagues.   

He cared deeply for both family and patients.  DrBob prayed for his patients and numerous times, he saw them regain their health.  His compassionate, strong, yet tender hands provided a quality life to many patients.  He lived a full and active life until God called him home.  Those left behind will look for him where he will be waiting at Jesus feet. 

He is survived by his wife, Lee Pfeiffer, Jay & Marie Hughes, his adopted parents, Pendleton, OR; and Ray and Lili Hughes, brother & sister in-law, Sammamish, WA.  Also, five nieces and their families survive him. Norma Alice and Michael Aerns with 3 children and 3 grandchildren; Shirley and Tim Longworth with 2 children and 6 grandchildren, all in Springfield, OR; Barbara and Irve Fullerton, with 3 children and 4 grandchildren, Dallas Fort Worth, TX; Louise and Rich Reinke with 4 children and 4 grandchildren, Stanley, Kansas; and Loretta and Shawn Ghormley with 2 children and 1 grandchild, Amarillo, TX.

Robert’s mother, Norma and father, Carl, and sister, Dorothy Duval preceded him in death.


In lieu of flowers, DrBob’s request was to give back to his chiropractic school where a plaque will hang in his honor.

Please make checks out to University Western States - Development Department On the "memo" line put:  In memory of DrBob Pfeiffer Mail the check to:

University Western States - Attn: Development Department

2900 NE 132nd Ave

Portland, OR  97230-9919

Patricia's phone is:  503-847-2591   Please call her if you have any questions on how to donate or  wish to use a credit card.


Dr. Robert Pfeiffer’s patient medical records are stored at 

Gary Zimmerman, DC, 

409 SW 4th St, Suit A, Pendleton, OR 97801

Phone:  541-276-1097 

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Roger and Gail Wilson
   Posted Wed February 12, 2014
Our thoughts and prayers are with the family at this time of great loss. Dr. Pfeiffer was loved by many and will be missed.

Mike and Shelly Chrisman
   Posted Wed February 12, 2014
Our thoughts and prayers to the family.

sonja eldred
   Posted Wed February 12, 2014
My condolences to the family. Doc Pfeiffer was an amazing chiropractor. May God give you strength in the days to come.

Noemi Wiseman
   Posted Thu February 13, 2014
To the Family of Mr. Robert Pfeiffer:

Our deepest condolences and prayers to the whole family. He will always be remembered.

Rose Wiseman and family
Pendleton, Oregon

Michael Sears, DC
   Posted Fri February 14, 2014
Rest in peace, friend. You've given so much to so many, you deserve the best.
Thank you for so deeply caring. I'll see you at the Jubilee!

averyal thomas
   Posted Mon February 17, 2014
Sorry for the loss of Doc Pfeiffer he was a great man with great knowledge in what he did he was a great chiropractor and a great man he will be truly missed God bless you all in your time of sorrow.

Rick and Faith Pullen
   Posted Tue February 18, 2014
Doc Pfeiffer was always a joy to talk with and will be missed. Our thoughts and prayers to you the family.

The Pullen Family

Shirley Longworth
   Posted Tue February 18, 2014
Rest in peace Uncle Robert,you will be missed.

eleventh hour warrior
   Posted Tue February 18, 2014
We are so very sorry for your loss. You are in our hearts and prayers.

Sandra and Mark Easley
   Posted Wed February 19, 2014
My whole family is so sad to see Bob go but may he rest in peace now. We will miss him and his family will be in our prayers.

Leonard Cardwell
   Posted Wed February 19, 2014
To Dr. Bob's family. I wish you well during your time of sorrow. Always remember the good times you shared together. He was the best at what he did and my life and body are better because of his treatment and friendship. Rest in peace my friend.

Norma Arens
   Posted Wed February 19, 2014
To Aunt Lee,I learned a lot from my Uncle,he helped with my mom when she would have terrific headaches,I thought he had the biggest hands ever,they were gentle when he would give an adjustment,I let Pastor Dougherty know about my uncle,I know you remember Doug from school. Our thoughts and prayers are with you and your parents. All my Love Norma.

Terri Smick Gutierrez
   Posted Mon February 24, 2014
Mom and Dad Cliff and Cheri Smick loved Bob. They passed before Bob but they would want me to send our condolences and prayers Will send a gift in his name

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