PENDLETON Robert E. Bob Hart, 89, of Pendleton died Thursday, Sept. 1, 2011, at St. Anthony Hospital in Pendleton. Funeral services will be conducted Friday, Sept. 9 at 1 p.m. at Peace Lutheran Church in Pendleton. Burial will follow at Olney Cemetery in Pendleton. Viewing will be held Thursday, Sept. 8 from 4-6 p.m. at Burns Mortuary of Pendleton.
Mr. Hart was born March 9, 1922, in Grandview, Wash., the third child of Wm. Everett and Louise Audelia (Paden) Hart. He was raised in Mabton, Wash., where he attended all 12 years of school and graduated with the Class of 1940. He excelled in scholastics and sports.
He left home at the age of 18 to work for the Oregon Highway Department. In 1941 he married his sweetheart, Bette Ruth Parfitt of Sunnyside, Wash. She traveled with him throughout the state until they settled permanently in Pendleton in 1943.
He was drafted into the United States Army in 1945 and enjoyed a stint in Japan, where he came to love the Japanese people. After his honorable discharge from the Army he served in the National Guard as a heavy equipment operator.
Although he worked many full-time and part-time jobs in order to support his family, he most notably was a millwright for the Iglehart Mills for many years, and owner-operator of Dobyns-Hart Pest Control from the late 1950s until he sold the business in 2000. While in that industry he served as the chairman of the NW Pest Control Association and was often a keynote speaker, sharing his great knowledge of coyote and ground squirrel control and later his expertise in the fumigation of grain ships. After his retirement he kept busy, going to his office daily and managing his rental properties. He also remained active in the community as a volunteer for many organizations.
Mr. Hart is survived by brothers Roger Hart of Yakima, Wash., and Bill Hart of Kennewick, Wash.; sons Mike Hart and Bob Perk Hart, both of Pendleton; daughter Suzie Rawe of Hermiston; 10 grandchildren; 20 great-grandchildren; two great-great-grandchildren; and dear friend and soul mate Jean Cook of Pendleton.
He was preceded in death by his parents; four sisters and two brothers; beloved wife Bette; and youngest son Steve Hart.
Memorial contributions may be made to St. Anthony Hospice in care of Burns Mortuary of Pendleton, P.O. Box 489, Pendleton, OR 97801.
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