Robert F. Wolford was born January 28, 1935 in Deepwater, Mo., to Ralph and Faye Wolford. He is preceded in death by his parents, sister Jessie and brothers John and Raymond. He is survived by his wife Carol; three children Roni, Clay, and Janette; seven grandchildren, six great-grandchildren, and siblings Ralph, Mary, Sue and Thomas.
Bob attended Eastern Washington University in Cheney, where he received his teaching certificate and began teaching in Walla Walla in 1957. He married his high school sweetheart from Athena, Carol Chase, in June 1957. He completed his master’s degree in teaching and moved the family to Gresham in 1964. There he continued his teaching career in Parkrose School District in Portland. In 1980, the family moved to Damascus. In 1994, Bob and Carol retired and moved to The Dalles.
Bob’s hobbies were gardening, fishing, baking and bread making; listening to Paul Harvey; reading The Reader’s Digest; visiting friends and family; playing pinochle, board games, bowling, and horseshoes; camping and family reunions; but most of all he was devoted to his faith, telling others about it, his children, grandchildren and his wife Carol. He loved teasing the grandchildren and teaching them about life.
For those of you touched by his life, you were not alone. From teaching children 34 years, teaching Bible truths 41 years, giving continually to society and charities, he will be missed most for being an example to others as a caring and patient man, an exceptional father, and a devout husband.
Bob and Carol were married 58 years, and like a scene out of The Notebook, old and satisfied, they were still holding hands at 80 years of age, until the time he passed on the morning of August 17, 2015.
His memorial will be held on August 29 at 3 p.m. at The Kingdom Hall, 2500 W. 8th, The Dalles, OR. All are welcome.
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