Robert "Bob" Bernard Ruhr

August 7, 1941June 3, 2019

Robert "Bob" Bernard Ruhr, age 77, of Keizer, Oregon passed away peacefully at his home on Monday, June 3, 2019. Bob was born on August 7, 1941, in St. Cloud, Minnesota, to Bernard John and Emma (Murphy) Ruhr. After losing his father at age 1 1/2, he became very devoted to his mother.

Bob was raised in St. Cloud until the age of 11, when he and his mother moved to California. He attended school and college in Culver City. He later met Yvonne Celeste Williams while working at a rental yard in Burbank. They were united in marriage in January 1969. Not long later, they had three children. They then moved to Oregon and had four more children, making their family complete with a total of seven children.

Bob had many different jobs throughout the years, but his favorite was when he worked as a chef. He was a dedicated family man and member of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. He loved to fish, camp, and acted as Scout Leader for the Boy Scouts of America for many years. Bob especially loved to bake, making delicious fudge every year and competing in fudge contests. He also enjoyed genealogy, playing the banjolele, doing word searches, reading, but mostly loved spending time with his grandchildren.

He was preceded in death by his father; his mother; sister-in-law, Becky Kahl; and an infant brother, Timothy.

Bob is survived by his wife of 50 years, Yvonne; children: Patrick (Holly) Ruhr, Katherine (Scotty) McCollaum, Elizabeth (Travis) Johnson, Karen (Ronnie) Bottemiller, Genevieve (Chad) Wahlquist, Robert F. (Katie) Ruhr, and Celeste (Hugh) Stitzer; 23 grandchildren; 1 great-grandchild; sister, Ellen (Neal) Mendenhall; brother, Michael Kahl; and multiple nieces and nephews.

A Memorial Service will be held at 11:00 A.M., Saturday, June 15, 2019 at The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, 1375 Lockhaven Dr NE, Keizer, OR 97303. All are welcome to attend.

In lieu of flowers, Bob asked that donations be made to the Missionary Fund for The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints or the American Cancer Society.

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  • Memorial Service Saturday, June 15, 2019


Robert "Bob" Bernard Ruhr

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Bob Johnson

June 11, 2019

The Ruhr family has a special place in my heart. I was their home teacher for several years when the kids were young. Bob and I shared first names, although common names, we thought we had the coolest names! Sending love and prayers to your family who I will always remember.

Abby Petty

June 10, 2019

Grandpa always gave the greatest hugs and told me I was "as beautiful as ever." He made me feel so special. He also emailed me frequently as I served an 18-month long mission for the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. He sent words of encouragement and love and would tell me how much he missed me, and that we would see each other again. He had an amazing testimony and shared it with many through his words and his example. I miss him, but I know that I will see him again.

Jim Lee

June 8, 2019

Bob’s warm smile was joyful and his culinary skills were legendary. He persevered throughout life making the best of it. He and Yvonne are amazing! We will miss him. Bon voyage Bob...

Terry Brandon

June 7, 2019

Bob was a good friend. We served together in the Portland Temple. He always had good things to say and a healthy handshake. He loved to share stories and his testimony. He shall be missed.
Our love to his family

Leslie Carlton

June 6, 2019

He always called me "Red", even when I lost my hair and when it grew back all gray/white. He was Iris's "secret grandpa". Both of hers had died before she was born. He's home now, back with Heavenly Father. I'll miss him.

Ellen Mendenhall

June 5, 2019

Bob was 13 years old when I was born. From day one he called me “ squirt”. Sometimes I think he never knew my name.
Mom always told me that when I was born Bob would not go outside and hang out with his friends, he sat next to my bassinet just looking at me. I have the picture to prove it.
When I was in 6th grade, a boy in my class invited everyone in our class to his house for a swim party. We needed someone to be a life guard, who did we get? My big brother Bob.
We had a great time.
I will always remember his laugh and his smile.

Talon O'Ryan

June 5, 2019

Bob and I never really got to make deep heartfelt memories. I'm fairly new to the family. However when we met i realized very quickly he was an apple from a totally differant orchard than i am. But regardless of how differant we were, i always felt welcomed into his home and we had ourselves plenty of solid laughs.

Norm Solomon

June 5, 2019

I remember hiking around Bush Pasture Park with Bob and some young Boy Scouts when he was the patient adult leader of our Blazer Patrol. 🤓

Rachel Anderson

June 5, 2019

Grandpa Ruhr (as I'll always remember him) treated me like another granddaughter. He was the grandpa I never had. I'll miss his hugs.