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Robert J. "Bob" Whipple

January 29, 1942 - February 12, 2014

Bob Whipple age 72, of Drain, Oregon, passed away on Wednesday, February 12, 2014. Bob was born January 29, 1942, in Cottage Grove, OR, to Jim S. Whipple and Mildred Wilcox Whipple. He graduated from Drain High School in 1960, and went on to study accounting, earning his B.S. in Business from the University of Oregon.

He married Louise Goe in 1964, and together they had four children: Terry, Anne, Scott, and J.B.

In 2003 he married Kyle Morgan, spending the last years of his life together with her. They enjoyed traveling together, especially their annual trek to Belize. Music was a great love in Bob’s life. He frequently attended live performances and had an extensive home music collection. Bob greatly enjoyed spending time at his ranch hunting, fishing, and playing on the Umpqua River with family and friends.

Bob played all sports throughout school, excelling in baseball. He played two years for the Roseburg American Legion Junior Team. In 1959, he led the team in the state title game to a 12 - 4 win, pitching seven innings of shutout-ball. He also pitched the final and decisive game against Billings, MT. in the Northwest Regional playoffs, and Roseburg won the regional title for 1959.

Bob spent his early years as an accountant in Salem, OR, before moving his family back to Drain, in 1974 to open his own CPA Firm on West C Avenue, where it remains to this day. He often contributed his time preparing tax returns for individuals and local organizations. He had a heart for the community of Drain, unobtrusively contributing to local charities and providing donations towards school and community functions. He served many years on the Board of Equalization for Douglas County. He was a strong supporter of 4-H and FFA. He volunteered countless hours of his time coaching the young people of the community and later refereeing junior high basketball games.

Bob was preceded in death by his parents. He is survived by his wife, Kyle; and his children: Terry Whipple of Drain; Anne Campbell (Michael) of Drain; Scott Whipple (Taffy) of Salem; JB Whipple (Samantha) of Elkton; step-daughter, Jennifer Morgan of Vancouver; sister, Carol Whipple; and grandchildren: Robin, Brent, and Abby Whipple, Sierra Campbell, and Hannah, Paige, Holden, and Hudson Whipple.

A memorial service will be at 1 p.m. on Saturday, March 15, 2014 at Drain Methodist Church. In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to the Mildred W. Whipple Library.

Arrangements are being handled by AAsum-Dufour Funeral home in Albany, OR. (www.aasum-dufour.com).

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