Robert Eugene Buckley, 82, of Hood River, Ore,, peacefully passed away on Aug. 15, 2018, at his son’s home surrounded by family.
Bob was born in Hood River on June 2, 1936, to Eugene and Helene Buckley of Odell, Ore. He attended school in Odell and graduated from Wy’east High School in 1954. He was a basketball and football player during his time at Wy’east. Bob was in the National Guard for a time after graduating from high school. He had a 27 year career with Pacific Power, retiring in 1983.
He married Mary Jane Young on Aug. 1, 1958. They recently celebrated their 60th wedding anniversary. His favorite memory with Mary Jane was their honeymoon in Canada.
Bob’s children and grandchildren were his pride and joy. He was their number one fan attending all their sports events. He recently recalled with pride when his son Jeff’s Hood River Valley High School baseball team won the state championship in 1980. He spent later years watching his grandsons on the sports field. His grandson Dallas was a key player when 2015 HRVHS baseball team won the state championship, making Jeff and Dallas the only two father-son state champs. He had hoped to see grandson Ryles achieve the same goal.
Bob is survived by his wife of 60 years, Mary Jane; sons, Jeff of Hood River and Randall of Portland, Ore.; grandsons Dallas and Ryles, both of Hood River; and numerous nieces and nephews. Bob was preceded in death by his parents, Eugene and Helen Buckley; brother, Claude Buckley; and sisters, Arlene Allegre and Janiece Gillmouthe.
A memorial service is planned for 2 p.m. on Saturday, Aug. 25 at the Hood River Elks Lodge, 304 Cascade Ave., Hood River. Interment will be at Idlewilde Cemetery.
Arrangements are under the direction of Anderson’s Tribute Center (Funerals • Receptions • Cremations), 1401 Belmont Ave., Hood River. Visit www.AndersonsTributeCenter.com to leave a note of condolence for the family.
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