Big Bob

Robert Allen Knudsen, 69, passed away February 2, 2014 after a long illness. He was born January 25, 1945 to Mary Donna and Melvin Knudsen in Santa Monica, Calif. He graduated from Hawthorne High School in Southern California (1962), where he played sports and was a member of the varsity football team. After graduation he briefly worked for McCulloch Chain Saw and APCOA parking at the Los Angeles Airport. Shortly after, he became a brick mason and also worked construction in California for many years. In 1972 he married Linda Sue Kenney and was married for 41 years. In 1976 he and his wife moved to Southern Oregon where he was a Framing Contractor until his retirement from construction. The last home he built was the one he resided in for the last 15 years. In his later years he drove a wheelchair van for Valley Lift through Yellow Cab.

Bob loved to spend time on the Rogue River and also enjoyed photography. He entered many photographs in the Jackson County Fair and won a number of First and Second place ribbons. His greatest passion was flying large scale airplanes with the Rogue Eagles RC Club with his many friends. He loved flying for fun, but competing in IMAC competition was the best. When he wasn't flying he also loved riding his Harley-Davidson on sunny days.

He is survived by his wife of 41 years, Linda Sue. Also surviving are his brother-in-law, Charles Kenney of Toluca Lake, Calif.; his niece, Michelle (Christopher) Carlson and their daughters, Esme and Pia of Los Angeles, Calif.; niece, Beth (Brian) Fuller of Portland, Ore; aunts, Vangie Knudsen of Longview, Wash. and Patty Knudsen of Bremerton, Wash.; cousins, Janet and Jim Knudsen of Longview, Wash., Kristofer (Debra) Knudsen of Bellingham, Wash., and Jeffrey (Alena) Knudsen of Bremerton, Wash. He was preceded in death by his parents, Mary Donna and Melvin Knudsen; uncles, Arnold, Kenneth, and Allen Knudsen; and his brother-in-law, Patrick Kenney.

A memorial service will be held at 11:00 a.m. Monday, February 10, 2014 at Perl Funeral Home & Siskiyou Memorial Park, 2100 Siskiyou Blvd., Medford, OR.