Robert Lee Wollam died at the age of 73, of health complications that came on rather suddenly. He died June 10, 2009, at 2:30 p.m. at the Providence Portland Hospital with his family by his side.
A service is planned for 1 p.m. Monday, June 15, at the Hood River Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints (18th and May streets). Bishop Gary Hornbeck will conduct the service. Graveside rites will follow at Idlewilde Cemetery.
Bob was born on Aug. 28, 1935, to Alfred Byron and Lillian Bernice (East) Wollam in Hood River, Ore. He attended schools in Hood River after which he joined the U.S. Army. He was stationed at Fort Lewis, Wash. He did not serve away from the United States.
He met his true love, Kathryn Halley, while in school. They were married June 21, 1958, in Stevenson, Wash. They built their home on Belmont Drive in Hood River.
Bob had a very good work ethic. He farmed as well as worked for the Bingen Plywood Factory. He retired from that job after 35-plus years. After he retired, he continued his love of working with wood as he made cabinets and furniture in his well-stocked shop. He always worked fast. He earned the nickname of “General” with the family, as he could work circles around them all.
Bob also loved to fish in his earlier years. He loved to work in his yard and kept it immaculate. He liked to walk and did so with a neighbor faithfully each day. His favorite TV show was “Dancing with the Stars.”
The Wollams had a second home in Pine Hollow, Ore., where many fun weekends were enjoyed by the whole family.
Bob and Kathy both joined the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints on June 18, 2004. This changed their lives. They remained strong members and served in several positions.
Bob was predeceased by his parents, Alfred and Lillian Wollam, an infant daughter, Joni Lee Wollam, and his wife, Kathy, just this past February.
He is survived by his daughter, Jeannie (Jeff) Abbe, of Portland, Ore.; a son, Jeff Wollam, of Vancouver, Wash.; a sister, Velma (Jesse) Villafana, of Hood River, Ore.; a brother-in-law, Dick Minard, of Kent, Wash.; a granddaughter, Joni Ball, of Portland, Ore.; and a grandson, Shawn Ball, of Portland, Ore. He also leaves a beloved dog, Ziggy, now living in Portland.
Contributions can be made in the name of Robert Wollam to Heart of Hospice and sent care of Anderson’s Tribute Center.
Arrangements are under the direction of Anderson’s Tribute Center (Funerals, Receptions, Cremations), 1401 Belmont Ave., Hood River, OR 97031; 541-386-1000. Please visit www.andersonstributecenter.com to sign the family guest book.
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