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Robert Bruce Jenkins
April 24, 1947 ~ October 15, 2023 (age 76) 76 Years Old
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Robert Bruce Jenkins, born on April 24, 1947, in Coos Bay, Oregon, to Olin and Vernelle Jenkins, passed away at the age of 76 on October 15, 2023, in Coos Bay.
Bob, as he was affectionately known, had a life rich in experiences and dedicated to the service of his country and community. He graduated from Marshfield High School in 1965 and embarked on a journey that would shape his life in significant ways. After attending Western Oregon University for a year, Bob chose to serve his nation in the United States Army, where he attended seaman school and dedicated three years of his life to serving in Vietnam. Following his military service, he pursued higher education at the University of Oregon, ultimately earning a degree in Parks and Recreation.
Bob's professional journey was just as varied and meaningful as his personal one. He spent several years working with the Beaverton Park District, but his true passion led him back to Coos Bay, where he became a skilled union carpenter. Most notably, Bob devoted a significant portion of his career to Don Thompson Construction.
His dedication to his work was only surpassed by his love for his family. Bob was the beloved husband of Sue for 40 wonderful years, and he cherished every moment they shared together. He is survived by his loving wife, Sue, and her children: Susan Rossi, Jennifer (Jeff) Bunnell, and Mark Rossi. His legacy extends to his grandchildren, Holly Burkett, Lindsey Guy, Karch Perkins, and Tyler Bunnell, as well as great-grandchildren Sophie Bunnell and Miles Guy. Bob is also survived by his brothers, Tom (Vicki) and Don (JoEll), sister in law Bonnie, and a multitude of nieces and nephews. He was proceeded in death by his parents, brother Gene, and nephew Steven.
Bob's passion for life extended to his hobbies and interests, which included hunting, fishing, crabbing, and traveling in his motorhome with Sue to explore the great outdoors. He loved watching sports, especially football and was a huge Raiders fan. Bob was also a dedicated member of his community. He served as a board member of the Bay Area Sportsman Association for many years, tirelessly working on their annual banquets to support various local programs. Additionally, Bob lent his carpentry expertise to vital projects at Marshfield High School, including building Heritage Hall in the MHS Pirate Palace. At the time of his passing, he was actively contributing to the "Raise the Roof" project at the MHS Pete Susick Stadium. Bob was set to be inducted into the Marshfield High School Hall of Fame this November, an honor he was extremely proud to receive. He will be deeply missed.
At Bob’s request there will be no service. In lieu of flowers, the family kindly requests that donations be made in Bob's name to the Bay Area Sportsman Association (PO Box 1624, Coos Bay, Oregon, 97420). Your contributions will honor his memory and continue the support for the programs and community he held dear to his heart.
Arrangements are under the care of Coos Bay Chapel, 541-267-3131 www.coosbayareafunerals.com