PENDLETON - Robert L. "Bob" Quimby, M.D., 90, of Pendleton died Tuesday, May 19, 2009, in St. Anthony Hospital. Funeral services will be conducted at 11 a.m. Thursday, June 11 in the First Presbyterian Church of Pendleton. Viewing will be held from 2-6 p.m. Wednesday, June 10 in the Burns Mortuary of Pendleton. Cremation will follow the services, and a private internment will be held at a later date in Fruita, Colo.
Dr. Quimby was born Feb. 12, 1919, in Litchfield, Mich., to Walter and Viva (Craddock) Quimby. As a boy he lived for a time in Coldwater, Mich., before moving with his family to Steamboat Springs, Colo., where he graduated from high school. He then attended college at the University of Northern Colorado. At that time his major was history, but after serving his country as staff sergeant and medic in the Army he became interested in medicine. After his discharge in 1945, he returned to college at the University of Denver and graduated from medical school from the University of Colorado in 1950. He served his internship in Orange County, Calif., and later moved to Santa Rosa. He married Bessie Jo Hanks.
He practiced medicine as a general practitioner in Colorado Springs, and then as a radiologist in Canon City and Walsenberg, Colo., before his retirement in 1991. He then moved to Pendleton. He married Helen Sangstrom in 1983 in Bend.
Dr. Quimby is survived by daughters Pamela Thompson of Aurora, Colo., Bobbie Jo Winship of Bainbridge Island, Wash., and Cheryl Marier, M.D., of Pendleton; brother Wayne Quimby of Missouri; sisters Wilma Vanlandingham of San Diego, Calif., and Beatrice Vanlandingham of Fruita, Colo.; and five grandchildren.
He was preceded in his death by his parents; wives Bessie Jo Quimby and Helen Quimby; and brother Paul.
Memorial contributions may be directed to the Disabled American Veterans or the Oregon East Symphony, in care of Burns Mortuary of Pendleton, P.O. Box 489, Pendleton, OR 97801.