Baker City, Oregon
Robert E. “Bobby” Scarbrough, 79, died March 25, 2004, at St. Elizabeth Health Services.
His graveside service will be at 11 a.m. Wednesday at Mount Hope Cemetery. The Rev. Robert C. Irwin of St. Francis de Sales Cathedral will officiate. Vault interment will be after the service. Military rites will be accorded by Co. A 3/116th Cavalry Oregon Army National Guard. Everyone is invited to a luncheon at St. Francis de Sales Cathedral Parish Hall, First and Church streets, after the service.
Visitations will be until 7 o’clock tonight at Coles Funeral Home, 1950 Place St.
Bobby was born on Feb. 5, 1925, at Union to Roy C. and Maude Harmon Scarbrough. After his mother’s early death, he was cared for by aunts and uncles living at La Grande, Union and Medical Springs. He attended schools at Baker, Pondosa and Union.
He enlisted in the U.S. Army in 1943, to serve the country he loved. He served in Hawaii, New Guinea, the Philippine Islands and Japan. His decorations included a Purple Heart, the Bronze Star Medal, sharpshooters, combat infantry badge and a good conduct medal.
He married Reva Helman in 1948, and worked as a log truck driver and diesel mechanic for Collins Lumber Co. at Pondosa. In 1958 he moved to Baker City and in 1962 he became a partner in S&W Repair. He retired in 1986.
On July 10, 1970, he married Joan Brett Miller. He was an active member of the Baker Elks Lodge, the Baker County Sheriff’s Posse, and Veterans of Foreign Wars where he served as post commander. He loved hunting, fishing, golf and the great outdoors, especially the Eagle Creek area.
Survivors include his wife, Joan Scarbrough of Baker City; children, Gaylon Scarbrough and his wife, Carol, of Baker City, Janie Morrissey and her husband, Mike, of Keating, Mary Kincaid and her husband, Jerry, of Baker City, Marty Rose and her husband, Bud, of Kennewick, Wash., and Rob and Natalie Miller of Baker City; cousin, Murvin Scarbrough, and his wife, Jennalee, of Baker City, and cousin, Betty Strah, of the Seattle area; grandchildren, Kelly, Katie, Andrea, Amanda, Ashleigh, Nick, Justin, Cassie, and Colin and great-grandchildren.
He was preceded in death by his parents.
Memorial contributions may be made to the St. Francis de Sales Day Chapel or to the Disabled American Veterans Van Fund through Coles Funeral Home, 1950 Place St., Baker City, OR 97814.
Used with permission from: Baker City Herald, Baker City, Oregon, April 2, 2004
Transcribed by: Belva Ticknor