Robert R. Cecil
Robert R. (Bob) Cecil, 74, former Bend, Ore. resident, passed away October 4, 2020, after a hard-fought battle with cancer.
Bob was born in Bend January 26, 1946 to Lorna "Catherine"and Robert. Bob served in the US Army,
serving two tours of military duty in Vietnam. Bob retired at the rank of Lt. Colonel in 1985. During his many years of active service, he flew helicopters and was in the intelligence division.
Bob then moved to Jacksonville, Ore., where he was
the operations director and pilot for Mercy Flights. Bob
also served a term as mayor. During his mayoral stint, he
was the first non-lawyer to present a case to the Oregon
Supreme Court, fighting to preserve natural land which
were being targeted for destruction by developers. Bob
won the case!
One of his favorite pastime was flying a two-seater Piper Cub with his pup, Pepe'.
Bob met the love of his life, and soul mate, Sandy, while they both worked for Mercy Flights. After traveling
extensively around the U.S., they settled in Portland in
1994 and married in 1998. Bob and Sandy loved traveling,
camping, fly fishing, sitting and holding hands, and
playing with Bob's service dog, Hildy.
Bob will be remembered by family and friends as
an exuberant, creative being with many passions in art,
nature and outdoor adventure. He was an avid skier,
SCUBA-diver and cyclist.
Bob is survived by his wife, Sandy, Hildy and his
furbaby kitties, brother Gary Cecil, daughters Erin (Greg
Levine) and Kathy Rotramel, step-daughters Karen
and Julie Cristello, son-in-law Jeff Stipe, grandchildren
Danielle and Kyle Stipe and Remy Levine, brother- and
sister-in law Fred and Eileen Eichler, their daughters
Michelle (Josh Zell) and Mindy Eichler (Walter Driscoll),
nephew Harold (Michelle), and niece Kristine (Mike
Our special love and support to Jeff Stipe and Dodie
Jensen for their continued support of Bob and Sandy
throughout Bob's illness and beyond.
In lieu of flowers, please donate to your favorite
charity or to the Sandy Fire Department, Sandy, Ore. in
Bob was loved by all and a friend to everyone.