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Robert Alfred Eshbaugh

Memorial for Robert Alfred Eshbaugh

Born in Rockwell City, IA on Dec. 2, 1923
Departed on May 23, 2017 and resided in Lebanon, OR.
Service: Private

Bob Eshbaugh, 93 of Albany and most recently at the Oregon Veterans Home in Lebanon, passed away on May 23, 2017.

Bob was born in Rockwell City, Iowa to parents Paul and Madge Eshbaugh.
He attended the one-room school house on the farm property and upon high school graduation, Bob began his pursuit of flying and traveled to California to attend the Aero Industries Technical Institute. In 1943 WWII, Bob joined the U. S. Army Air Corps/U.S. Air Force and trained as a B-29 bomber pilot, Bob also flew the "Bamboo Bomber", BT-13 and various trainers. He was discharged as a Flight Officer Dec. 1945 - never leaving the U.S. – but ready to serve as needed.

Bob graduated in 1950 with a B.A. from Buena Vista College in Storm Lake, Iowa. Soon after he returned home, he met Betty Ewing. They were married August 18, 1950. They were happily married for almost 60 years. Bob and Betty had two daughters Paulette and Annette. The family lived in Iowa and Minnesota finally moving to Albany where Bob started his own small business.

Bob and Betty were active members of the Albany Elks Club, traveled the world including Europe and China, enjoyed many ocean cruises and shared the fun by also taking the whole family on many vacations. He was proud and blessed to have family nearby.

Dad could never pass up an airport or old bomber airplane and was able to relive his pilot days with a flight on a B-29 at a local air show. Last summer he was able to ride and fly a Boeing Stearman biplane with the Ageless Aviation Dreams Foundation, the same aircraft used to train many military aviators in the 1940's. He said it was the "best day ever". Bob and his daughter, Paulette, participated in an Honor Flight to Washington D.C. in May 2014; a lifetime experience to be remembered.

He was preceded in death by his parents, step-mother Alma, his wife Betty and his sisters Margaret Strain and Joyce Ellis. Bob is survived by his two daughters Paulette and husband Carl Myers and Annette and husband Ron Easdale, two grand-daughters Ashley and husband Joshua Wahl and Laurel and husband Dan Rightmer and two great-grandsons Michael and Brandon. Thank you to the staff and vets at the Oregon VA Home in Lebanon where Bob was loved and cared for.

A private family remembrance was held on May 28. Fisher Funeral Home is handling the arrangements. If you would like to remember Bob, donations can be made to the South Willamette Valley Honor Flight. We know he would be so honored. ( or any Umpqua Bank for the SWV Honor Flight)

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