Robert Nelson
Linda's father, Bob, died yesterday at the age of 87. I will always remember him for his grin. It was infectious.

Robert Richard Nelson, 87, was born Feb. 6, 1925 in Newberg and passed away peacefully April 4, 2012 at his home in Tillamook with his daughter, Linda, by his side.

Bob served in the U.S. Navy at the end of WWII and was honorably discharged in March, 1946. He then graduated from the University of Portland. He married Carol V. Olby in June, 1948. His loving wife preceded him in death on Nov. 2, 2011.

Bob and Carol moved to Tillamook in 1955, where he and his brother Jim owned and operated Atlantic Richfield Oil Distributorship until they retired in 1986. Bob was an avid bowler and also was active on the local golf league. He was a member of the Elks Lodge and the Oddfellows. He spent most winters after retirement on the  Island of Maui, and enjoyed plenty of time snorkeling, golfing and just enjoying the sun and their newly made friends.

He is survived by his son, James Nelson; daughter Linda Gassaway and husband Miles, of Ventura, Calif. and daughter Melissa Riverman and husband Joe of Bend. There are eight grandchildren and 10 great-grandchilden who will also miss him dearly.

In lieu of flowers, the family is requesting that donations be made to hospice or a charity of your choice. No service is scheduled at this time.