Robert Stubblefield
Robert Stubblefield
  • December 2, 1915 - September 7, 2014
  • Prineville, Oregon

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Robert Stubblefield passed away on September 7, 2014 in Redmond after hip surgery resulting from a fall. Bob was 98 and proud to have lived independently, with the assistance of his friend and neighbor Marty Glanz. Bob will be missed by his many friends and neighbors.

Bob was born to David and lila Stubblefield in Boise, Idaho on December 2, 1915. He was raised on the sheep Experiment Station in Caldwell Idaho with his two sisters and various grandparents in a time when there was no indoor toilet or electricity and remembered his sisters jobs to be trimming the candle wicks on Saturday nights. Bob attended the College of Idaho in Caldwell and became a buckaroo in southern Idaho and Oregon. He volunteered for the Army Air Force when World War II started. Stubb as his Air Force buddies called him, received the Distinguished Flying Cross, nine Air Medals and three Presidential Citations for his service that included navigating 46 bombings in the European Campaign.

After his World War II service he moved to Nevada and became involved in the mining industry. During this time he received patents on several mechanical devices including a patent for th first roll-up seat belt that was installed in Japanese vehicles. It was during this time for the next 18 years that he was married to Barbara Stubblefield. They lived primarily in Salt Lake City Utah. They enjoyed bird hunting with their many Black Labradors, all named Pete. In his later years he enjoyed bird-watching and attracted many types of birds using multiple bird-feeders with various specialty feeds for each one. Bob's other talents included leather braiding, fishing, authoring a cookbook and fixing anything that was broken.

In 1995, at the age of 79, Bob relocated to Oregon to be nearer to family. He enjoyed fishing in the reservoir and spending time with his many friends and those who came from all over the country to visit him. He was active in the community serving on the Idleway Improvement District, the Advisory Committee for the Sheriff's office, a regular at the Apple Peddler and other Prineville establishments.

Bob was preceded in death by his parents, his sister's Mel Alkire and Doris Michelson and his former wife Barbara Stubblefield. He is survived by his niece Lila Wickham, his grandniece Darcy Stanger and grand nephews Cyrus Stanger and Matthew Stanger. A Military service will be held at Willamette National Cemetery in Portland Oregon on Monday September 29, 2014 at 12:30 PM

Arrangements under the direction of Prineville Funeral Home, Prineville, Oregon.