Robert "Bob" Francis, 75, of Trail, Ore. passed away December 31, 2013, at his youngest daughter's home, where he chose to live after losing his wife of 56 years, Agnes "Jeep" Francis, in March. His youngest daughter, Alix Christen, two of his grandchildren, and his only son-in-law were by his side.
Robert was born to the late Anna McCracken and Forrest Francis on May 30, 1938 in Madison, S.D. and is survived by a brother, Charles Francis of Sioux Falls, South Dakota; and a sister, Norma Cook of Waseca, Minn. He married his late, beautiful wife, Agnes, in April 1957 and they lived most of their 56 years of marriage in Trail. His wife preceded him in death in March 2013, and is laid to rest in Trail Cemetery. Robert had five children, Alix Christen, Holly Francis, Kathy Spears, David Francis, and the late Lloyd Francis. He also had six grandchildren.
Robert was a very independent man up until 2009, when he suffered a large stroke. Robert loved having coffee and breakfast at Shy's Cafe in Shady Cove with his buddies and former coworkers. He also loved driving with his wife to the Oregon coast to see the beautiful ocean, the lighthouses, and most of all, to get fresh tuna to can at home. He also loved going out on fishing trips at the coast Robert was a man of many traits. He was a Naval Airman, Shady Cove police officer, a mill worker, a log truck driver, and a security guard, just to name a few. His hobbies included fishing, word finds, eagle statue collecting, bead work, and most of all, wood-working. One of the last things he wanted to do before he passed was to teach his two youngest grandchildren the art of fishing.
Robert passed away in Trail, where he loved to be most of all. The memorial and burial service will take place at 3:00 p.m. Saturday, January 11, 2014 at the Trail Cemetery.