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Robert A. Given

Robert A. Given

Robert A. "Bob" Given, 74, passed away Tuesday August 31, 2010, at his home in Central Point, Ore., after a prolonged illness. Bob was born on September 5, 1935, in Salem, Ore., to Leona Pratt Given and Benjamin (Earl) Given. He was the oldest of seven children.

Bob attended High School in Springfield, Ore., excelling in sports and making All State in each sport. He received his bachelor's degree in Criminal Justice from the University of Nebraska in Omaha. Bob enlisted in the Army in 1954, and proudly served his country retiring as a Major in 1977. During his military career, he served in Korea from March of 1964, until April of 1965. Bob served in Vietnam from March 1967, until March 1968, and April 1970, until February 1971. Among the awards Bob received were the Bronze Star with Oak Leaf Cluster and Purple Heart.

In December of 1978, Bob graduated from the Police Academy in Salem, Ore. He served with the Ashland Police Department as a Sergeant for fourteen years, retiring for medical reasons.

Bob enjoyed many activities including woodworking, fishing, hunting, horse shoes, baseball, football, cross word puzzles, poker and most board games. An avid New York Yankees fan, Bob seldom missed a game. His quick wit, competitive nature, and sense of humor were a source of enjoyment for those who knew him.

Bob is survived by his wife of 23 years, Barb; children, Deborah Given, Robert Given, Jr., and Randy Given; stepchildren, Carol (Raymond) Kerby, Katie Maddison, Jody (Tony) Santa Ana, Paul Kitzman, and Kevin Kitzman; numerous grandchildren and great-grandchildren; siblings, William "Bill" (Ilene) Given, of LaPine, Ore., and Steve Given, of Lebanon, Ore. He is preceded in death by siblings, Marian Clark, Margaret Ross , Richard Given and Donald Given.

Funeral services will be held on Friday, September 3, 2010, at Conger-Morris Funeral Chapel, at 715 W. Main in Medford at 12:30 p.m. An internment will follow at the Eagle Point National Cemetery. Officiating will be Pastor David Campbell and Deacon Patrick Henry. Pall Bearers, Robert Given Jr.,

Jason Wahlstrom, Paul Kitzman and Kevin Kitzman. Visitation will be held on Thursday, September 2, 2010, from 3:00 p.m. until 7:00 p.m. In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to the Ashland High School Athletics Department, at 201 S. Mountain Ave., Ashland, OR 97520 in memory of Bob.

Robert A. Given