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Obituary: Robert Van Winkle

His first love was truck driving, specifically log truck driving.

Published on January 24, 2018 1:51PM

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Robert W. “Bob” Van Winkle

April 22, 1943 –– Jan. 19, 2018

Robert Van Winkle, of Joseph, died at the Memory Care Village within the Wallowa Valley Senior Living Center in Enterprise.

Celebration of life will be 11 a.m. Saturday, Jan. 27, at the Joseph Baptist Church. Reception following the service in the fellowship hall of the church.

Bob was born in Eugene, Ore., the son of Harry “Hap” and Lorraine Van Winkle. He was raised in Swiss Home, Ore., and was a graduate of Mapleton High School, Class of 1961.

Bob’s first job was at Erskine Lumber Company in Swiss Home. For a short time, he worked at the Lane County Bank in Florence, at Central Lincoln PUD and as a reserve police officer in Florence, Ore. Bob also owned and operated Rip’s Tire Service in Estacada, Ore.

His first love was truck driving, specifically log truck driving. He enjoyed being in the forest everyday, and he was especially fond of owning and operating his self-loader log truck. Bob hauled logs to many mills around Oregon.

He worked for years out of Crescent, Ore., hauling into the mill at Gilchrist and to mills at Oakridge, Vernonia, John Day and La Pine. Although log truck driving entailed many hours of driving and keeping his truck repaired, Bob was never happier than when he was in his log truck. After recovering from an accident involving his log truck in 1993, Bob went to work in Bend, Ore., driving aggregate truck for Hap Taylor and Sons as well as Action Earth Movers.

In 1961, Bob married Sue Calbreathe and they had three children, Wayne, Jackie and Jon Dale. They made their home in Florence and Swiss Home. After their divorce he married Jaquelin Holm, and they had a daughter, Apryle.

In 1997, Bob Married Shellea Means and they have two boys, Deni and Tucker. They made their home in Bend and then moved to Joseph in 2002. Bob and Shellea owned and operated two restaurants, Sargent’s Café in Bend and Mountain Air Café in Joseph.

Bob was preceded in death by his parents Harry and Lorraine, his older brother Bill and son Jon Dale.

He is survived by his wife Shellea, his children Wayne Van Winkle of Eugene, Jackie Franklin of Eugene, Apryle Van Winkle of Gresham, Deni Van Winkle of Redmond, Wash., and Tucker Van Winkle of Joseph.

Bob and Shellea also have two young ladies they adopted into their hearts as his own children, Bethany Bertsch of Moscow, Idaho, and Emelle Henderson of Portland. Bob has 10 Grandsons, two great grandsons and one great granddaughter.

The family suggests the remembrances may be made to Lending Heart Community Resources, Susan Gilstrap, P.O. Box 64, Wallowa, OR 97828


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