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Lt. Col. Ret., USAF Robert "Bob" Bruce Marble

September 6, 1921 - September 12, 2016








Lt. Col. Robert Bruce Marble, retired, 95, "slipped the bounds of surly earth to touch the face of God" on Sept.12, 2016 at The Woods at Willow Creek, Salem, OR.  He was born Sept. 6, 1921 in Yakima, WA to the late Eva P. and Paul L. Marble.  He was the eldest of four siblings: Phyllis Dunkak deceased; Paul (Lanny) Marble, and Alan Marble. 
 
Childhood years were spent with many visits to his beloved grandparent’s farm, the late Elizabeth and Elmer Knowles in Yakima Valley.  He graduated from Roosevelt High in Seattle, and attended the University of WA.
 
Born to fly, he enlisted in the Army Air Corp immediately after the attack on Pearl Harbor. He completed Aviation Cadet and Flight Training and taught aviation instruction to West Point Academy cadets during World War II. His subsequent 21 year career (USAF) involved many flying assignments. Later he was Commanding Officer stationed in Prestwick, Scotland overseeing flight navigation and managed all cryptographic and secure encryption communication facilities. Following military retirement he worked as a Project Manager for General Telephone and Electronics International Company setting up communication systems in Vietnam. His love for flying culminated working for Executive Flight Services, Portland, OR., and Corporate Pilot for a large construction firm located in Bellevue, WA.
 
After retiring in 1974 he spent several winters in Mazatlán, Mexico. Later residing in Tucson, AZ; Vancouver; WA, and Bend, OR where he kayaked as often as he could with his family. He and his spouse spearheaded opening an affiliate of NAMI in Central Oregon.
 
He is survived by his wife of 43 years, Pamela Jeanne Marble (McMahon); their son, Ryan Robert; three other children: Pamela Ann Williams Marble, Gladstone, OR; Robin Lee Matson (Marble), West Hartford, CT; William David Marble, Temecula, CA: 14 Grandchildren: 27 Great Grandchildren, and 2 Great-Great Grandchildren.
Interment will be conducted at Willamette National Cemetery, Thursday, Sept. 22, 2016 at 1:30 p.m. 
 
In lieu of flowers the family requests donations be made to NAMI {National Alliance on Mental Illness} Oregon at www.namior.org

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