|Birth: ||Sep. 5, 1930|
|Death: ||Mar. 23, 2012|
News-Register, McMinnville, Oregon, Thursday, April 12, 2012
Robert Alan Shetterly was born on September 5, 1930, to Kenneth and Doris (Rowling) Shetterly in Willamina. He died of a heart attack in Vancouver, Washington, on March 23, 2012. He was the youngest boy in a close-knit family of seven children. He graduated from Willamina High School in 1948 and carried on a longstanding family tradition of attending the University of Oregon, where he was president of his fraternity, Delta Tau Delta. Commissioned as an officer in the fabled First Infantry Division (The Big Red One) in 1953, he served in the U.S. and in Germany for four years. He married his wife, Frankie Branch, at Fort Riley, Kansas, in 1956. Bob planned a career in the Army, but when his father became ill, he returned to Willamina to help manage the family hardware business. A consummate salesman, he later was a District Manager with Coast to Coast stores in Boise, and a sales manager for Fleetwood Enterprises. In 1977, he joined Coast Products Company in Portland, retiring in 2010. He was a member of the Society of the First Division, the 16th Infantry Regiment Association and The American Legion.
Bob embodied all the characteristics associated with morality, dedication and service. His steadfast goal was to provide for his family, and his work ethic was well known. Ever the gentleman, he radiated warmth and acceptance, yet didn't suffer fools easily. He instilled in his children an appreciation for history, car trips, gardening (he especially enjoyed sharing his beautiful roses and heirloom tomatoes) and for his greatest loves: family and country. Bob will be remembered for his great sense of humor, entertaining stories, and his innate ability to put people at ease and make them feel valued. He enjoyed acrylic painting and cartooning, relished a good political discussion, and, for over 30 years, swam five mornings a week at Lakeshore Athletic Club before going to work. He took great pride in his children, and his decisions were always based on family considerations. He loved the large extended Shetterly family celebrations, many of which he and Frankie hosted in their Vancouver home. An ardent sports fan, he was ecstatic when his beloved Oregon Ducks won the Rose Bowl this year. Above all, Bob was a kind, decent man.
Bob was preceded in death by his parents and four of his siblings: Maxine Williams, Kenneth Shetterly, Jack Shetterly and Lynette Cross. He is survived by his wife of 56 years, Frankie; his daughter, Caryn Shetterly of Gresham; his son, Robert Kyle Shetterly (wife Laurie) of Portland; his sisters, Kaye Vaughn of Reno, Nevada, and Julie Steffanoff of Columbia, Maryland; and many nieces and nephews. At his request, there will be no service. Remembrances may be made to The Arthritis Foundation, 9700 SW Capitol Hwy, Suite 160, Portland, OR 97219.
Created by: Sheri West
Record added: Mar 21, 2013
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