Robert “Bob” W. Rhea of Hermiston was born June 20, 1924 in Stanfield, Oregon the son of Curtis and Cecile (Rankin) Rhea. He passed away on Saturday November 14, 2020 at the age of 96.
Bob grew up and attended school in Stanfield. After high school, he served in the U.S. Army in the Asiatic Pacific Theatre during World War II. After his honorable discharge, he returned to Eastern Oregon where he has lived since.
Bob married Patricia “Pat” Brown on November 27, 1948 in Pendleton.
Bob farmed and raised cattle on a small farm on Butter Creek, before moving his family to a bigger farm in Stanfield where he farmed until the age of 81. He and his wife then moved to property they owned in Ukiah. They lived there for 5 years before moving back to Hermiston.
He had a great love of the outdoors and very much enjoyed his work. He had a love of riding horses, hunting and also a dedicated family man.
He is survived by his wife of seventy one years, Pat; son, Curt (Sherry) Rhea; daughter, Terry (Rod) Monkus; grandchildren, Amy Duymazlar, Brady Monkus, Ron Monkus and Lisa Logan; eleven great grandchildren and one great great granddaughter.
He was preceded in death by his parents, five sisters and one brother.
A Private family graveside service and burial were held at Pleasant View Cemetery near Stanfield. Burns Mortuary of Hermiston is in care of arrangements.
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