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Beloved Husband, Father, and World War II Veteran Master Chief Machinist Mate of US LST-61, Robert Richard Lawrence (Bob), passed away peacefully on February 23, 2017, at home with his wife, children and grandchildren by his side. He was born Dec 27, 1921, in Portland, Oregon, where he lived most of his life. He attended Franklin High School where he played baseball and was affectionately nicknamed ‘Lefty Lawrence’. After graduating high school in 1941, Bob joined the US Navy where he served overseas during World War II. Aboard the LST61, he was among the many that were part of the landings in Normandy on D-Day. With his service in the Amphibious Forces in Europe, he was able to provide his family with endless stories and information from his many travels through Africa, Sicily and France. He instilled in his family a true appreciation for what he and all solders fight for through the years. It was a point in his life that meant so much to him and he would always remind his family that so many heroes never made it home. After the war, Bob returned to the Portland, Oregon and established a Standard Oil Service Station where he made his life and worked in the southeast Portland area for over 40 years, with stations on 39th and Powell Boulevard and 39th and Division Street. In 1956, Bob married his wife Rosemary and built a wonderful life raising their three children. He loved spending his weekends in Culver, Oregon where he and Rosemary eventually retired. His days were filled with hard work, making chore lists, and riding his lawn mower with his pockets full of dog bones for the neighbors’ dogs. He is survived by his wife of 61 years, Rosemary; and their children, son Robert Lawrence; daughter Rebecca Gillis; and daughter Rosanna Rosales; his grandchildren, Tracy Gillis, McKenzie Gillis, Zachary Wilson, Carolyn Lawrence and Christopher Wilson; and great grand-daughter Skyler Gillis. Thank you for all the lessons that you imparted on us. We will love you and hold you in our hearts forever.

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