Robert B. 'Bob' Medley
Bob Medley of Scappoose, Oregon, passed away from cancer on November 10, 2020, a short 12 weeks after the love of his life passed from cancer as well. They are two-stepping together for always now.
Bob was born at Hannemans Hospital in Portland, Oregon on January 4, 1945, to B.J. and Edith Medley (Zimmerman). Because this was a second marriage, Bobby grew up as an only child, but adored his older half-brother B. Joe.
From the beginning, he was a kid on the move. In his childhood, he loved to sled down the Taylors Ferry Hill in the snow zipping across Macadam through the cars when he got to the bottom. When he was 16, he water-skied the Willamette River from Lake Oswego to the Sauvie Island Bridge without pause. In high school he grew to love cross country and track: his best mile was 4:23. He graduated from Wilson High School in 1962.
In 1964 he married Diane Brundage of Scappoose where they raised their two children, Kirstin and Robert. Though regrettably, this first marriage didn't hold up, his love of life and family remained.
A favorite memory for him was his adventurous Alaskan hunting trip with Gary Hudson. The moose head from that hunt hung in his home and business for years until his "retirement" in 2008. After that, the moose moved to the batting cage shed for the Scappoose High Baseball team where he took many a whiffle ball hit to the face.
Throughout his lifetime Bob was immensely proud of both of his amazing children. Golfing and games of cribbage with Robert both lit his eyes up. And he shared a deep passion for music with Kirstin that saw them cheering many of the rockstars that passed through the Northwest. When life presented him with grandchildren, his joy increased by leaps and bounds.
He started his business career at Riverview Cemetery in 1962. When he left the cemetery in 1969, he became self-employed by purchasing B.J. Medley manufacturing from his father. He later started two new companies, The Joy of Wood in 1974, followed by Precision Engraving in 1984.
Bob was also proud to have been Exalted Ruler of the St. Helens Elks in 1991 and was a member and most recently the President of the St. Helens Mens Golf League.
In 1999, he danced into the arms of Ann Baumann of Lake Oswego. They were meant to be together, and married in 2001, eventually returning to Scappoose to make their home. His stepsons, Ben and Jacob Baumann, and Jacob's son, Ryder, were a welcome addition to his life.
His love for the Lord grew through the years and brought him peace and deep joy. Bob was a man very comfortable in his own skin, slow to take offense and lacking pretense or guile. What you saw was what you got and he was the dearest of all husbands…chopping all the winter firewood, walking the dog, feeding the hummingbirds with a smile and making weekend mochas for his wife.
He loved to travel, camp, and canoe, all the while photographing the beauty around him. His kind face radiated happiness, gratitude, and contentment.
He was preceded in death by his beautiful wife, Ann Medley earlier this year; both parents; and his half-brother.
He is survived by his daughter, Kirstin Medley; grandson, Tim Dowell; son, Robert Medley; daughter-in-law, Caron Medley; grandchildren, JD and Merissa Medley; stepsons, Ben and Jacob Baumann; and grandson, Ryder Baumann. Bob has a fishing date with us all in heaven - bait your hooks.
Even though he didn't want one, once we can all gather again and the weather is better in the spring, we will have a celebration of life - his was too big and touched too many not to celebrate it.