PORTLAND - Robert Rolla "Bob" French, age 84, died Tuesday, May 6, 2008, in Portland, Ore. The son of Rollie and Freda French, he was born June 30, 1923, in Alton, Kan.
He was in the U.S. Navy Pacific Fleet during World War II and was a radioman from 1942 to 1945. He and his wife, Ruth, were married Sept. 14, 1946, in Portland and he graduated from the University of Oregon in 1949.
Later he went to work at Crown Zellerbach in Portland, where he was employed for 37 years until his retirement in 1986.
Following his retirement he and his wife relocated to Long Beach and then later split their time between Long Beach and Portland. Mr. French always derived great joy from the bountiful Pacific. Some of his favorite times were spent in his boat as he piloted it across the Columbia bar to take family and friends fishing. He enjoyed salmon and sturgeon fishing, clamming, crabbing and gathering oysters, as well as hunting, camping, water and snow skiing and travel.
He was a member of the Elks and Eagles lodges.
Mr. French leaves behind a larger than life devotion and an unwavering commitment to his wife, family and friends. He offered generosity and kindness to all that he met, but most of all, his contagious smile will be missed forever.
Survivors include his wife; his sons, Rod French of The Dalles, Ore., and Rick French of Redmond; a daughter, Linda French of Redmond; a brother, Neal French of Portland and four grandchildren, Stanley, Erin, Kyle and Guy. His brother, Wayne, preceded him in death.
Arrangements were by Springer and Sons of Aloha, Ore.