Robert Clegg


Robert E. “Bob” Clegg of Enterprise died at age 88 in Boise, Idaho, on March 10, 2012, due to complications of heart surgery.

Services will be held at 2 p.m. Saturday, March 17, beginning at 2 p.m. at the Enterprise High School gym. Refreshments will follow the service. Interment will be at Enterprise Cemetery.

Bob was born June 19,1923, in La Grande to Elmo and Aurelia Nibley Clegg.

He attended Willow Grade School in La Grande through the fifth grade, at which time he moved to Baker. He excelled at three sports – football, basketball, and track – at Baker High School, where he also learned to play trumpet. He graduated in 1941.

In the fall of 1941, he started college at Eastern Oregon Normal School (now EOU), but after a short time returned to Baker to work at Eastern Oregon Lumber Company. He joined the Baker City Band where he met Oretta M. Hearing, a fellow trumpet player, who would become his future wife.

He entered the U.S. Army in 1943 where he was sent to Camp Callon, Calif., for basic training. Later at Camp Livingston, La., he signed up for Bugler School. A member of 555th Antiaircraft Artillery Battalion, he was part of the 104th Infantry Division. He fought in France and Germany and was involved in the Battle of the Bulge.

After World War II, Bob returned to work at the mill in Baker. In 1946 he married Oretta on Thanksgiving Day in Walla Walla, Wash. Their four children were born while he was working at the mill.

He was offered a job teaching music at Enterprise High School in 1955 and moved to Enterprise. He received his B.S. degree in education in 1973 from Eastern Oregon State College. After directing bands and choirs at EHS from 1955-77, he retired. After that he taught music in Joseph and Wallowa Schools for short periods of time.

He then worked as the greens superintendent at Alpine Meadows Golf Course for 17 years.

One of his greatest joys was forming and directing the Wallowa County Band in the early 80s for over 20 years.

Bob enjoyed sharing music with others, hunting, fishing, gardening, his grandchildren and great-granddaughter. He loved family get-togethers and playing his trumpet.

He was preceded in death by his wife, Oretta, of 49 years; his parents; and brother, William.

Survivors include sons Jim Clegg and wife Rose, Ron Clegg and David Clegg, all of Enterprise; daughter Debbie Kellermann and husband Ron of Joseph; grandchildren Deron Clegg and wife Athena with great-granddaughter Kadyn of Salem, and Amber Clegg and husband Chris Munson of Bend; and one nephew, Jerry Clegg, of Elgin.

Memorial donations may be made to the Enterprise Education Foundation for the Enterprise School Music Program, care of Bollman Funeral Home, PO Box 547, Enterprise OR 97828. Bollman Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.

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