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Obituary: Robert Eugene Matthews

He was a 1971 graduate of Wallowa High School where he played football and baseball.

Published on December 13, 2017 8:48AM


Robert Eugene Matthews

Nov. 12, 1951 –– Nov. 22, 2017

Robert (Bob) Eugene Matthews was born to Bernita and Dee Matthews in La Grande and passed away at St Mary’s Medical Center in Walla Walla, Wash., after a lengthy battle with COPD and heart complications.

Bob lived most of his life in Wallowa. He graduated from Wallowa High School in 1971 where he played football and baseball. He attended flight school in Kansas City where he earned his flight certificate. Bob returned home and went into logging where he acquired his lifelong CB handle of “Red Dog.”

He married Lorraine English and together they had one son, James, who joined an older brother Tim English. They later divorced. Bob moved to Portland where he was a long-haul driver and sleeper teamed across the U.S. with his best friend Roc Nordquist.

In 1990 he returned to Wallowa County to help take care of his ailing father and also returned to log truck driving.

In 1992, Bob married the love of his life, Sherrie Storoe Salmon, whom he spent the rest of his life with in Wallowa County. Bob love the outdoors and enjoyed hunting, fishing, camping and collecting mushrooms and huckleberries.

In later years he loved telling his life stories with all of his friends and family. His later years were filled with the love of his grandchildren.

He was a past member of the Eagles Lodge.

He was preceded in death by his mother Bernita and father Dee Matthews.

He was preceded in death by his mother Bernita and father Dee Matthews. Surviving family is his wife, Sherrie Matthews of Wallowa, children James (Melissa) Matthews of Pilot Rock , Leah Salmon-Conroy (Jayson) Spokane Valley, Stacey Campbell of Wallowa, Patrick Salmon of Wallowa, Joseph Salmon of Spokane Valley and Tim (Denise) English of Baker City. Siblings: Patsy Tillery of Wallowa, Jerry (Julie) Matthews of Gillette, Wyoming, Doug Matthews of Wallowa and Sarah (Steve) Parker of La Grande.

Bob’s family also included 19 grandchildren, and 3 great- grandchildren.

A celebration of life was Dec. 2 at the Wallowa Cemetery followed by a potluck gathering at the Assembly of God Church in Wallowa. Memorial donations can be made through Bollman Funeral Home.



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