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January 15, 1934 ~ February 21, 2022. A life well lived, Robert 'Bob' George Huntington Sr., just celebrated his 88th birthday

CENTRAL OREGONIAN - Robert "Bob" George Huntington Sr.A life well lived, Robert "Bob" George Huntington Sr., just celebrated his 88th birthday! Since 2015, he was a resident of the Prineville, Oregon community, passed away on February 21, 2022.

Bob was born on January 15, 1934 in Omaha, Nebraska. He was the third of six children born to Arthur and Velva Ethel Barker-Huntington. He moved with his family to Hillsboro, Oregon when he was six years old, he attended grade school at Peter Boscow, Jr. High at B.W. Barnes, and graduated from Hillsboro High School, Class of 1953.

After high school, Bob joined the U.S. Air Force, trained in Radio and Radar Fundamentals and Repair at Scott Air Force Base, IL. He became a Staff Sergeant, and was also in the Oregon Air National Guard from 1953-1961. Bob met his wife, Sandra Lynn Bandy, on a blind date while she was stationed at Chanute, IL Air Force Base. Bob deployed to Japan during the Korean Conflict. Robert and Sandra soon began courting, and married on June 29, 1957, in Atlanta, Louisiana. Their first home was in Shreveport at Barksdale, AFB, until 1958 when they moved to Wood Village, Oregon, then Troutdale, where Bob worked for Reynolds Metals. He went to work for White Freightliner in Portland in 1966 until 1983. In 1968, they moved to Hillsboro where they raised their four children.

Bob worked as an Operating Engineer for Tuality Hospital in Hillsboro until retiring in 2001. He also volunteered and worked for Heritage Christian School in Hillsboro from 1997-2007.

In 1995, they made their home in Cherry Grove, until 1998 when they moved to Forest Grove. In 2015 until present, they moved to Prineville to share a community home with their daughter and her family to assist Bob in Sandra's care. They were just six months shy of their 60th wedding anniversary when Sandra passed January 1, 2017 in their home.

Bob liked outdoor activities including hunting, fishing, spending time with family, traveling, and cruising with family and friends. He had a blast assisting river guide Steve Kohler on the Deschutes River and Kenai, Alaska fishing excursions. Bob was quite the handyman and DIYer. Other hobbies include collecting die-cast vehicles, coins and sovernoir pins.

He was an active member of the First Baptist Church in Prineville, Veterans of Foreign Wars, American Legion, serving as Commander in Hillsboro and Prineville, as well as Chaplain; District 5 Sergeant at Arms, and was very involved in American Legion's Boys State program. Bob regularly went into schools to teach Americanism & Citizenship programs. He had a profoundly deep love for God, Country and Family. He was truly a lifelong patriot. He was a current active member of the Prineville Chapter of Band of Brothers Honor Guard; Treasurer and board member of the Honor Flight of Central Oregon; elected Precinct Committee Person for the Crook County Republican Party, and served on the Executive Committee for CCRP. He often attended platform conventions to represent veterans, and elderly public policy issues in the Oregon Republican Party.

He is preceded in death by his wife, Sandra Lynn Bandy-Huntington; his parents; and five siblings, James, Loretta, Arthur, Walter, and Virginia.

He is survived by his four children, Robert Huntington Jr, and his wife, Debbie, of Idaho, Steven Huntington of St. Helens, Oregon, Deborah Huntington-Tilden and her husband, Michael of Montana, and Angela Huntington of Prineville; fifteen grandchildren; and 24 great-grandchildren.

In honor of Bob, feel free to wear red, white or blue at his service.

In lieu of flowers, the family suggests donations in Bob's name to: Honor Flight of Central Oregon; 40 Days For Life or American Legion

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