Robert K. Van Valkenburg passed away in his sleep on Wednesday, September 14, 2011, to join the Lord. He was 84 years old. He was born on September 10, 1927, in Long Prairie, Minn., to dentist, Lester K. Van Valkenburg and wife, Agnes. He grew up in Long Prairie, and was life-long friends with many of his classmates from Long Prairie High School, where he graduated from in 1945, to join the Navy.
Bob served two years in the Navy in San Diego, Calif., then worked for National Cartridge, Hughes Aircraft, and as a bellman and fishing guide in Yellowstone Park. He later moved to San Jose, Calif., where he worked as a chemist for IBM for 33 years.
He enjoyed numerous hunting, fishing, and camping trips with his family and friends throughout his lifetime. He loved to travel, share stories, and spend time with his beloved wife of 48 years, Mary, and all of his family.
He retired from California to Medford, Ore., in 1999, to be close to his family, and spent many wonderful years in close proximity to his son and daughter, and their families, including his four grandchildren. He will best be remembered by them for his laugh, smile, and genuine character.
Bob was preceded in death by his sister, Leslie Van Valkenburg Bear. He is survived by his wife, Mary, of Medford; children, Jon K. (Edie) Van Valkenburg, M.D., of Medford, and Susan (Joe) Fortino Volk, of Medford; sisters, Gretchen Vallette, of Del Mar, Calif., and Karen (Fred) Thompson, of Sonoma, Calif.; and grandchildren, Emily and Nicholas Van Valkenburg, and Brandon and Bella Fortino. He will forever be remembered for the loving spouse, father, friend, and "Papa" that he always was.
Arrangements are by Hillcrest Memorial Park and Mortuary, Medford, Ore., 541-773-6162. www.hillcrestmortuary.com