Robert (Bob) Marvin James passed away peacefully into the arms of Jesus Friday, April 12, 2013, at Lighthouse Foster Care in Medford, Ore. Robert was born in Mobridge, S. D. August 24, 1921, to Henry and Lydia James.
Bob and his sister, Lillian, traveled by train to Klamath Falls, Ore. when he was 18 years old. He later moved to Medford, Ore. He joined the U.S. Navy in 1942, serving as a radioman aboard the U.S.S. Boggs, and was honorably discharged in 1945. He met the love of his life, Bernice Myers, in Medford and they were married August 14, 1947. He worked as a bookkeeper for various businesses, including Medford Irrigation District. In 1977, Bob and Bernice moved to Denver, Colo. to assist in their church and to be close to their daughter, Marilyn, in Kansas City, Mo., returning to Medford in 1990 to be near their daughter, Janet, and family in the Rogue Valley. Bob and Bernice shared 52 wonderful years of marriage. Following the death of Bernice, Bob married Genevieve Clevenger October 7, 2000, in Port Angeles, Wash. They were married until her passing in 2010.
Bob loved spending time with his family and greatly enjoyed gardening. When his grandchildren were born, it added an exciting dimension to his life; he was attentive and invested in the lives of each one. He enjoyed attending his great-grandsons' baseball games. The greatest passion of his life was his love for God. He often spent time reading the Bible and in prayer. He attended the Apostolic Faith Church for many years, where he worked as a Sunday school teacher, sang in the choir, and played the timpani. Bob loved to sing and he often serenaded anyone who would listen. He had many friends and, even in the final weeks of his life, his happy heart left an impression on those around him.
Bob is survived by three sisters, Helen Douglas, (Bullhead City, Ariz.), Carol Coon, and Lillian Niles, (Salem, Ore.); and three children, Marilyn Moen, (Portland, Ore.), Janet (Doug) Dillemuth, (Phoenix, Ore.), and Alan (Diane) James, (Los Angeles, Calif.) Robert also has five grandchildren, Greg (Jenny) Moen, Andrew Moen, April (Matt) James, Heidi (Luke) Cronin, and Holly Dillemuth. Great-grandchildren include Logan and Corey James and Braden Moen. He is also survived by many nieces and nephews whom he loved dearly. He was preceded in death by his wife Bernice; second wife, Genevieve; his mother; father; and two sisters, Muriel Hector and Betty Sprague. He will be greatly missed by all who knew him.
A service will be held at the Apostolic Faith Church, at corner of Sunrise Ave. and Jackson St., at 10:30 a.m., Thursday, April 18, 2013. A graveside service will be held at 2:00 p.m. at the Eagle Point National Cemetery. The family would like to thank Barnett Woods, Providence Hospice, and Lighthouse Foster Care for the wonderful care they gave to our daddy.