ROBERT "BOB" CHARLES GAYLOR
December 24, 1939 ~ October 8, 2016
On October 8, 2016, Bob lost his three year battle with cancer and died peacefully at home surrounded by his loving family at the age of 76. He was born December 24, 1939 in Salem, OR to Frank and Martha Gaylor. Bob graduated from Hudson's Bay High School in 1958, received a BS from Portland State University and his MBA from the University of Portland.
Bob believed in service to others. For many years, he was active in Little League, Y Indian Guides, and the Boy Scouts of America. He served on the City of Vancouver Parks and Recreation Advisory Commission and the City Planning Commission.
Bob retired from Frightliner Corporation in 1997, after working in management for 32 years. After retirement, he volunteered full time at Innovative Services Northwest, serving as the agency's president. Of Bob's numerous accomplishments,
he was most proud of being a loving husband,
father, and grandfather.
A son wrote, "I learned a lot from my Dad: Love your wife; family first; give back to others; work hard; how to push through challenges; and most important, how to be a dad. In the end, Jesus heals and now my dad is healthy and at peace.".
Bob is survived by his wife of 54 years, Rita; three sons, Darren (Debbie), Dean (Kelley), and Damon (Shelly); daughter, Deanna Turner (Kevin); nine grandchildren; one great-granddaughter; brothers, Bud and Roland; and sister, Sally Fawver.
He was preceded in death by his parents, Frank and Martha; brothers, Frank, Jim, and Larry; and sisters, Martha Jean Burgess and Lois Newman.
Bob was an active member of Holy Redeemer Catholic Church, 17010 NE 9th St., Vancouver, WA, and his funeral Mass is scheduled there at 11a.m. on Thurs., Oct. 13, 2016, followed by a reception. The family will have a private internment at Park Hill Cemetery.
The family wishes to thank Dr. Rick Jackson; Dr. Ryan and staff at OHSU Cancer Institute; and PeaceHealth SW for their professional and compassionate care.
In lieu of flowers, please consider donating to Innovative Services NW, 9414 NE 4th Plain Blvd., Vancouver, WA 98662; PeaceHealth Hospice SW, PO Box 1600, Vancouver, WA 98668; or Holy Redeemer Building fund reduction.
Please sign his guest book at: www.columbian.com/obits