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Robert W. Stainbrook Sr.

January 28, 1916 - September 30, 2017


Salem - Robert W. Stainbrook Sr., 101, a longtime resident of Salem, died on Saturday, September 30 at Lancaster Village in Salem of natural causes. Born in 1916 in Crookston, Minnesota, he was the youngest of four children, Ervin Stainbrook, Donald Stainbrook and Lois Stainbrook-Miller born to William Stainbrook and Bessie Bergerson.

After high school he got a job with Maves Optical in Crookston as an optician. He married Myrtle A. Rude of Crookston on August 3, 1939.  They were married in East Grand Forks, Minnesota.   In 1948 he got a job in Salem, OR. at the Eye, Ears, Nose and Throat Clinic on Medical Center Dr. and moved out here at that time. He managed the optical department for the five doctors in the practice. He continued to work at the clinic until his retirement on June 20, 1980. He had worked in optical for 45 years. He then took over the Shaklee business that Myrtle had started a few years earlier. He ran the business until just after her death in September of 1998. He then sold the business. During his life he was an Elk member and was an avid golfer and liked to travel in the motorhome.  He was also a member of the Market Street Church of Christ.  In his 90’s he would still go out to the Courthouse Fitness Center three times a week.
In 2001 he married Wilda L. Stone. He is survived by his wife Wilda and his son Robert W. Stainbrook Jr., nieces Joan Parkin, Marlys Bauer and Della Rude-Horst; nephews Roy Miller, Bruce Stainbrook, Jerry Stainbrook, Rodney Stainbrook, Dale Rude, Rex-Zane Rudee.  

His memorial service will be 2:00 pm, Saturday, October 21, 2017 at Virgil T. Golden Funeral Service, 605 Commercial St. SE in Salem.  He will be buried in Belcrest Memorial Park in Salem, Oregon next to Myrtle.

Donations may be made to the charity of your choice.

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My first memory of Uncle Bob was as a young child visiting my grandparents in Crookston. We lived in Bemidji, about 100 miles away, and it was always an adventure to travel to grandpa and grandma's house. I recall Bob was always soft spoken and very kind. I knew they lived a long ways away, and I thought he must be a very important person. 

I always knew him as Uncle Bob because his son, close to my age, went by Robert. I remember when getting ready for our three plus hour trip, my folks would say "Bob, Myrtle, and Robert will be there."  That always made the trip more special.