Robert Glen Spearow
Jul 18, 1927 – Aug 10, 2016
Robert Glen Spearow passed away on August 10, at the age of 89. His friends called him Bob.
He was born in July 18, 1927 in Portland, Oregon, to Carl and Grace Spearow. At a young age, he lost his mother and brothers to tuberculosis, and was raised by his father and his Aunt Berdena.
At age 18, in 1945, Bob joined the army, to serve his country in World War II. However, the war came to an end while he was in training, so he “dodged a bullet”, as they say.
Bob served a few years in the army, and he then went to college at Oregon State University, where he earned a degree in electrical engineering. He also met his wife to be, Frances, and they were happily married for 40 years, until she passed away in 1993. They produced 5 amazing children, Laura, Sylvia, Carl, Ralph and Sharon, as well as 11 grandchildren and 8 great grandchildren.
Bob worked most of his career at Boeing, in the military and aerospace division. He worked on various aircraft systems, but perhaps his proudest project was the Lunar Rover that traveled with the Apollo missions to the Moon. According to Bob, he put a thumb print on a circuit board in a Lunar Rover, and it is sitting on the moon to this day.
At home, Bob was quite the handyman. He did projects from fixing the washing machine to building a home-made camper. He spent a lot of time in the garage, building cabinets and coffee tables. He was especially fond of black walnut.
Bob was a bit of a photographer. He took thousands of pictures over the years, all of them on 35 mm slides. The family would set up a projector to see them from time to time, and they still can.
He also loved hiking and camping, with a lot of time spent fishing for trout and salmon. He and Fran took several long trips to Alaska in their camper. He was also very fond of Hawaii, where he took the entire family on a few memorable trips.
Bob had a long, fulfilling life. He will be missed.
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