Robert Challinor George

Age 86, passed away peacefully, surrounded by his family at his home on Tuesday, April 9, 2013. He is reunited with his wife who preceded him in death in 2008. He will always be remembered as a loving, generous man who spent his life focused on his family and enjoying his passions of baseball, golf and woodworking.

Bob was born to Richard and Nettie George in Streator, Illinois, on October 1, 1926. He grew up there with his sister and two brothers. He enjoyed many sports during these years and was on the path to play professional baseball when his career was thwarted by an elbow injury, and as he said a result of throwing too many curve balls when young.

Growing up, Bob was an avid fan of the Brooklyn Dodgers but turned to the NY Yankees after his beloved Dodgers could never beat them. Bob served in the Navy in 1944 during World War II.

He met his wife, Jeanne, in Streator where they were married on November 5, 1949. They moved to Riddle, OR, in 1955, following his brother Bill who had moved there earlier. Upon his arrival to Riddle, Bob worked and eventually retired from Hanna Nickel Mine.

Bob built the house they lived in for over 50 years where they raised their three children. He said he learned to build the house by “checking out a book from the library.” He was also self-taught in various other woodworking skills and built numerous furniture items for his family throughout the years. Incidentally, Bob contracted to build the enduring bleachers at Riddle High that many continue to enjoy today.

Bob enjoyed golfing for many years at Stewart Park, in Roseburg. He played with an engaging group of friends who often played cards after finishing their round of golf. His golfing highlight was a double eagle on hole number 6 over the trees at Stewart Park.

Surviving family members include his three children; and their families; and numerous nieces; and nephews. His son, Ted (Colette) George; daughter, Tracee (Kris) Callis; and daughter, Michelle (Todd) Hillier; grandchildren include: Austin (Diana) George; Ty George; Alisha, Cody and Shyann Callis; Bennett and Anna Hillier; great-grandchildren include: Izaiah Moore; Gabriel George; Brody Powell and Hazel George.

The legacy of Bob’s dignity, gentlemanly manner and quiet moderation has, and will, continue to serve as inspiration for his family.

We wish to give special acknowledgement with deepest gratitude to Austin and Diana George for their loving, gentle, and extraordinary care of our beloved father, grandfather and friend. We wish also to give generous thanks and appreciation to Alisha Callis for her sturdy and loving relief given in assistance.

In remembrance there will be an open door luncheon at Bob’s home (1556 Glenbrook Loop Rd. Riddle) on Saturday, April 27, 2013. All are invited to come at any time between 1-6 p.m. In lieu of flowers, the family requests that you read a child a book, take them golfing or to a ballgame.

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