Robert R. Pursley

May 25, 1927May 23, 2014
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Bob Pursley passed away in his home in Hillsboro, Oregon on Friday, May 23, 2014 surrounded by a family that loved him dearly. He was born May 25, 1927 in Salem, Oregon to John & Iva Pursley. He spent most of his childhood in Portland, Oregon in the Collins View neighborhood and also attended schools there. He also spent many summers during his youth with members of his ancestral Native American tribe at Celilo Falls on the Columbia River, where The Dalles Dam is now located. At age 16 he found work in the Portland Shipyards, and then later joined the US Navy where he received formal training in San Diego, California. He was then assigned duty on the amphibious attack transport USS Clermont from 1944-1946 during the Pacific Campaign during WWII. He was also in the Naval Reserve from 1946-1952. In 1946 he hired on with Western Electric, a Bell System company located in Portland. He worked there for 42 years with the bulk of those repairing and testing telephone relay systems. After his retirement from Bell System in 1989 he worked a number of different jobs to stay active. During the 1970's and 1980's Bob was also active in a number of citizen groups in Hillsboro focusing on improvements and local government accountability. Notably, Bob was active in helping create the first indoor Aquatic Center and was also a member of the Friends of the Library which were instrumental in constructing a new library. In 1949, he met the love of his Life, Eva May Hodson. They were married on December 30, 1949 in Newberg, Oregon. They moved to Hillsboro, their permanent 'hometown' in 1953 where they raised their three children. Bob and his family were active members of the Hillsboro Friends Church for many decades and Bob upheld his moral and religious convictions continuously. Bob was also known for his engaging style and easily made friends wherever he went through his positive demeanor. Bob also enjoyed hunting, fishing, and clamming. His wife Eva was also his sole hunting companion for many years. Bob is survived by Eva, his wife of 64 years. He is also survived by his daughter Gloria Long of Anaheim, California, sons Gary Pursley of Hillsboro, Oregon, and Vern Pursley of Hampton, Connecticut, 10 grandchildren and 10 great-grand children. A funeral service will be held at 11 a.m. on Wednesday, May 28, 2014 at Skyline Memorial Gardens Funeral Home. Arrangements under the direction of Skyline Memorial Gardens Funeral Home, Portland, OR.


  • Funeral Service Wednesday, May 28, 2014

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David Pursley

May 25, 2015

Happy birthday Grandpa and happy Memorial day you were and still are the type of man I strive to be love you.

Gary Pursley

May 24, 2015

Happy birthday Dad & Veterans Day very proud of you! Your legacy will continue on to through your Pursley family name you were the Greatest Dad to Your three children Gloria Gary and Vernon You are greatly missed. You are really miss by your grandchildren they ask about you and talk about you all the time. Really miss you love Gary your Son.

David Pursley

May 23, 2015

A year ago I stood by your side in disbelief as I held your hand and said my goodbye. there are no words that can express how much you are missed and we all love you and miss you

Vern Pursley

May 22, 2015

Missing you so much Dad. I think of you often. My twice daily talks with Mom helps both of us. Love you so much.

Deborah carlos

August 25, 2014

Grandpa i miss u lost and u gand kids. Isaiah 8 and Samantha 10 mouths old i which i was there for u in family but my home in Anaheim by Disneyland.
My mom Gloria bad Robert Pursley

Love Deborah carolos

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Deborah carlos

August 25, 2014

Hello grandpa is me deborah
I miss u lost why u no come vist us Anaheim by Disneyland

I have son Isaiah he 8 ...Samantha 10 mouths old which they get to new u
Here my phone number 949 2058392
My mom Gloria long dad Robert pursley

David Pursley

August 9, 2014

Aiden he shows us he loves us by constantly filling our hearts with joy and laughter and with all of his lasting memories we share .

aiden pursley

August 7, 2014

Good memories of you grandpa's
Love forever we all miss you we wish you could be here right now
It's hard with out you here we all love and miss you party up in heavan
Do something to show us u love us.??

aiden pursley

June 11, 2014

I am sad

Erica Calderon

May 28, 2014

"Grandpa I miss you so much already, I have so many great memories with you and I'm so thankful that I had you as a part of my life, you were always a great role model and I loved that you always made everyone in your life feel very special and that you taught all of us that family is always the most important thing over every thing else. I will miss you all my days on earth, I know one day we will see and be a family again in heaven. I love you.....I miss you!! Love your oldest grand daughter Erica Calderon-Pursley