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Robert Louis 'Bob' Delsman

Bob Delsman, 80, passed away June 3, 2016, in Corvallis, Ore. after a long battle with multiple myeloma and pancreatic cancer. He leaves behind his beloved wife of 56 years, Carol Jean (Culp).Bob was born August 8, 1935, during the Great Depression at home on the family farm in Ashland, Ore., the sixth of eight children born to Charles Herman and Anna Genevieve (Kelly) Delsman. There was never much money, but the family always had clean clothes and plenty of good food to eat. A favorite family photograph features a smiling young Bobby of 5 or 6 wearing a "new" coat that Anna had cut down for him from her own winter coat.After the attack on Pearl Harbor, Bob’s dad was called back to active duty at Fort Stevens, Ore., to take part in the wartime coastal protection system. He would be gone for most of three years leaving Anna in charge of running the farm and managing the large household on her own.Bob attended Ashland public schools while growing up and was always active in sports. During high school he saved enough money to buy his horse, King, and used to delight family and friends by doing handstands on King’s back. Bob was a star football player at Ashland High School playing tackle. In 1953 he was selected to play in the annual Oregon State Shriners Game. It was an honor of which he was always proud.Bob married Ruth Ann Harrison in 1953, and together they had three children within three years. Bob worked to support the family as an auto mechanic; the marriage ended in divorce in 1957. He returned to live on the family farm with custody of three small children. In 1960 he married the love of his life, Carol Jean, and over the years two more children were added to the family.In the autumn of 1962 Bob enrolled in the Mechanical Engineering program at OSU. For five years the family lived in married student housing with four children while Bob earned his degree and Carol supported the family working full-time as a registered nurse. Bob supplemented their income working as a mechanic during the summers. Bob successfully graduated as a mechanical engineer in 1967.After graduation from OSU, Bob accepted an engineering position working for the Atomic Energy Commission at the Idaho National Laboratory. In late 1968 the family returned to Oregon, bought property near Dallas, Ore., and eventually built a new house there. For many years Bob worked as a mechanical engineer at Towmotor Corp. in Dallas, Ore., and later worked for Teledyne Wah Chang of Albany, Ore., until his retirement in 2000. After retirement, Bob and Carol moved back to Ashland where they remained until moving to Stoneybrook in July, 2015.In retirement, Bob fulfilled a lifelong dream: he became a licensed pilot. He loved to fly Carol from Ashland to breakfast at the Sunriver Resort near Bend, Ore., and forged many new friendships with his fellow pilots. Bob used to walk five miles nearly every day to have coffee with a group of friends at Puck’s Café. He was an active member of the Ashland Elks Lodge and in 2013 helped organize the 60th reunion of the Ashland High School Grizzlies Class of 1953. Bob will be greatly missed by the many friends and family who love and admire him.Bob is survived by his devoted wife, Carol Jean; by siblings, Mary Ann Delsman, Thomas Patrick Delsman (Carol Jeanette Weischedel), and Joseph William Delsman (Elaine Marie Meads); his children, Robert Louis, Charles Richard (Cindy Lee Rosecrans), David Eric (Kathleen Anne Gallagher), and Paul Arlo (Stacey Vroman); and by eleven grandchildren and numerous nieces, nephews, and great-grandchildren. He was preceded in death by his parents and siblings Genevieve Anna Hunger (Richard); Charles Herman (Margaret Ann Dallaire); John Thomas (Bonnie Edwards); James Bernard (Barbara Lewis); and by a daughter, Jone Marie.A memorial will be held at 1:00 p.m. Saturday, July 2, 2016, at the Litwiller-Simonsen Funeral Home with a reception for family and friends to follow. Bob’s cremains will be buried in a private ceremony at Scenic Hills Memorial Park in Ashland.