A MESSAGE FROM THE FAMILY

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OBITUARY

Robert Dwayne Deatherage

July 31, 1937March 8, 2020

Robert Dwayne Deatherage was born on July 31, 1937 in the Ozark hills a few miles from a little one-store “town” called Three Brothers, Arkansas – so named for three Deatherage brothers who settled there. Robert passed from this life on March 8, 2020 into the Lord’s loving presence, after suffering with Parkinson’s disease for several years.

Robert was preceded in death by his parents William Abner Deatherage and Fannie Myrtle (Wallace) Deatherage; and a brother, William Deatherage.

He is survived by his beloved wife Margie, his children; Robert Jr., Jeffrey, Laurie and Stephen. Robert is also survived by 10 wonderful grandchildren and 15 great-grandchildren as well as siblings Anna Montaney, Sue Deatherage, Edward Deatherage and J.N. Deatherage.

Robert was proud to have been an Ozark boy and later in life wrote an autobiography of his growing up in the hills titled, “June Bug on a string.” He began school at a little one-room schoolhouse called “Wild Hog School.” He was raised to be a helper on the 40-acre homestead. At age six he was expected to carry water from the spring down the hill. It wasn’t easy going, especially during winters when he sometimes slipped on ice and lost half his water and had to go back for more. There was always the bringing in the wood for the cooking and heating stoves, as well as endless other chores.

Robert was a thoughtful little boy, usually standing on the side of things quietly listening, introspective. He loved nature, spending his free time in the woods, exploring. As he grew, he developed a good knowledge of which plants and fruits were edible or medicinal, and he knew which caterpillar or beetle would sting and which would not.

Robert became a Christian when he was 13 years old and was baptized in the little creek that flowed near the Church of Christ where the family attended in Elijah, Mo. He attended high school in Bakersfield, Mo. where he met his future wife, Margie.

Robert moved with his parents to Lower Yakima Valley, WA, where they worked in the orchards. When he was 18 he moved to Seattle and worked for Northern Pacific Railway for the next 42 years.

Robert married Margie in 1956 and transferred to Yakima in 1963. He continued to be faithful to the Lord, serving as elder at Cornell Church of Christ for 32 years. He and Margie traveled to Cameroon, Africa for a mission trip and later when he was 70, Robert went on another mission trip to Honduras. He volunteered with Memorial Hospice for 8 years.

Robert enjoyed gardening and, with his buddies, raised vegetables for his church family. He also enjoyed oil painting and painted many beautiful pictures which he gifted to his family and friends. Robert will be greatly missed by his loving wife of 63 years and his family and friends.

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  • FAMILY

  • Robert was preceded in death by his parents William Abner Deatherage and Fannie Myrtle (Wallace) Deatherage; and a brother, William Deatherage.


    He is survived by his beloved wife Margie, his children; Robert Jr., Jeffrey, Laurie and Stephen. Robert is also survived by 10 wonderful grandchildren and 15 great-grandchildren as well as siblings Anna Montaney, Sue Deatherage, Edward Deatherage and J.N. Deatherage.
  • PALLBEARERS

  • Steve Deatherage
  • Bob Deatherage
  • Jeff Deatherage
  • Andrew Deatherage
  • Eric Bernard
  • Scott Bernard
  • Vern Stroud, Honorary Bearer
  • Jerry Sentel, Honorary Bearer

Services

PREVIOUS SERVICES:

  • Graveside Service

    Wednesday, March 18, 2020

OTHER SERVICES:

  • Celebration of life will be held at a later date.

Memories

Robert Dwayne Deatherage

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Terry Adler

March 17, 2020

I worked with Bob in Yakima back in the early 60's. He was a great teacher with plenty of patience while he was breaking me in at the freight office. I still to this day laugh about the story he told me about the snake in the house.
Bob was a kind and gentle man. RIP my friend.
Terry Adler

Mandy Bernard

March 11, 2020

I have many fond memories of my grandfather, but this one sticks out to me as I had mostly forgotten about it until last week as his story on this earth was coming to a close. When I was little, I'd sit on his lap and we'd talk about what we would do once we got to heaven. He always told me he hoped he could ask God to fly around explore space and the ocean; places no one had seen yet to see the splendor God had made there. He wasn't sure he would still want to once he got to heaven, but he had always dreamed of being able to fly. He was in hospice for 5 days and unresponsive before his passing, so it makes me smile to think God was giving him that experience before taking him to heaven. His creative mind and loving nature will be dearly missed by those he left behind, but we take comfort in knowing we will see him again, happy and healthy in heaven.

Nicole Bradley-Bernard

March 11, 2020

I’ll always be grateful for the way he influenced the little boy that would become the man I married (his grandson, Eric). I believe that many of the things I love about Eric (especially his love of nature and his eccentric gentle character) were influenced by his grandfather. I have very little doubt that one of these days, I’ll see “our Eric” start a garden in the back yard. Eric will come inside, and he’ll go on and on about “how interesting his plants are”, which will remind me of the inspiration his grandfather had on him. And, I know, I’ll smile.

Billy Fetzer

March 11, 2020

Bob was one of the most influential men in my life. I’ve never met a kinder, more gentle man and I doubt I ever will. He was a true friend to my Dad and an “Arkie” just like my Mother. His wife and children are wonderful people. I dearly love them all. He’ll be truly missed.

Edward Deatherage

March 10, 2020

Robert, beloved brother, and my first hero! I am at a loss for words that adequately describe this totally human, wonderful, and flawed human being. He was my first teacher from childhood, big brother and mentor. I will miss him.

FROM THE FAMILY
FROM THE FAMILY