Robert Harold Thornburg
  • 83 years old
  • Date of birth: Jan 22, 1933
  • Date of passing: Jun 6, 2016
Let the memory of Robert be with us forever
This memorial website was created in memory of our loved one, Robert Thornburg, 83, born on January 22, 1933 and passed away on June 6, 2016. We will remember him forever.
Memorial Tributes
This tribute was added by Sarah Thornburg on 25th June 2016

"This is for "Bobbie"

God saw he was getting tired and a cure
was not to be.  
So He put His arms around him and
wispered "come to me"
With tearful eyes we watched and
saw him fade away.
Although we loved him dearly,
we could not make him stay.
A golden heart stopped beating
-hard working hands to rest.
God broke our hearts to prove to us, He only takes the best."

This tribute was added by Joyce Cramer on 17th June 2016

"I am a neighbor here at Ceres Gleann and haven't known Bob for very long so it was so nice to see the many tributes and the pictures of Bob through the years. When Bob would walk around the neighborhood he always stopped and talked to me and we had some good conversations.  On one of those walks I was able to meet his daughter who was visiting.   He and Sally kept the front entrance to C.G. beautiful for us and he served on our landscape committee.  We thank you Bob for your thoughtfulness, kindness and service.  You were a good neighbor.  We will watch over  Sally.  R.I.P."

This tribute was added by Jeanne Robbins on 17th June 2016

"I have so many cherished memories of growing up with Bob.  Being the two oldest, we shared so much.  I remember the "hut" we built (Even then Bob was into wood products even tho the wood was in the raw!). He was also a sharpshooter with a dish towel aimed at my backside!
But a real gentle person who made sure each of us were okay and were treated fairly.  Loved you, brother, rest in peace.  Jeanne"

This tribute was added by Torsten Kröger on 16th June 2016

"We at Pollmeier were working with Bob on many sawmill projects for nearly 20 years. In fact he helped us strongly in many ways to raise that new business of ours. During this long period we were building 3 new sawmills with him, installed a lot of his equipment and got that running on high capacity. He often visited us in Germany for this reason.

Not only was Bob a very hard working and experienced salesman but also did he offer his advise at all times. Because of his extraordinary helpfulness and kindness he was highly appreciated in our whole company.

With Bob we are losing an always respected business partner and a friend

Ralf Pollmeier                                    Torsten Kröger"

This tribute was added by Rick Fulker on 16th June 2016

"Going through old mails, I found this:
“Hi Rick,
I want to thank you again for meeting me at the airport.  You were such a big help under the circumstances.  Sure enjoyed my visit to Koln even though it was to short.  I left Koln about 11:00 AM on Thursday and drove to Frankfurt, took my time and enjoyed the drive.  I arrived home on Saturday evening, just in time to tell Sally happy 39th. aniversery. Always your friend and brother-in-law.
Bob“
That is a mail Bob sent me dated May 22, 1997 after his business trip to Germany. I met him at the airport in Frankfurt, helped him buy new clothes because they’d misplaced his luggage, and a week later he drove across Germany to visit me in Cologne. It wasn’t a really long trip compared to what he was used to - driving all over Oregon, Idaho and Washington - but to me, it was special: one of the rare occasions that somebody came to visit me in Germany. My family has mostly been used to me doing the traveling.
We had a great visit, and I got to know Bob all over again as a curious and open-minded traveler.
What now stands out in my mind is his generosity. One example: I used to - sometimes foolishly - think that I could do anything if I set my mind to it. Once I tried, at Mom and Dad’s house, to repair a sink drain but soon realized that a little plumbing experience would have been useful. I was helpless. Bob then came over and finished the job, explaining everything to me in the process.
Whatever he turned his hand to, it seemed to work. Both of us were among the earliest users of PCs, back in 1983, both Kaypro fans. We exchanged tips and software at a time when few people knew what software was. Through that, I observed that Bob didn’t take the easy way, but neither did he ever give up. They don’t make them like that anymore. And I’m not talking about Kaypro computers. I’m talking about guys like Bob.
He was the kind of person you’d want to have around. Good-natured, family-oriented, always time for a friendly word. Successful. And he knew how to have fun. His natural cheer and diplomacy clearly served him well in his business dealings. But I wouldn’t have wanted to be a business partner who’d crossed him. I think he was tough as nails, something you might not have suspected about him at first.
My memories of Bob go back to early childhood in fact, and they are all attached to a good feeling about family. He and Sally were part of that family that seemed so wonderful and so far away, they living in Oregon and we in South Dakota. Meeting them every couple of years in one place or another was always a festivity. And after Mom and Dad and I moved to Oregon, I could just drop into their place any time unannounced. They always made me feel welcome. And after Mom died, Sally and Bob opened their house to Frank and me when we visited.
I’m glad to have saved all the e-mails he sent and forwarded to me over the years. Some really funny, some corny, some I disagreed with, and some that Sally didn’t approve of! But always demonstrating an independent spirit and a person who knew his feelings and convictions.
I am grateful to Bob always for the support, acknowledgment and encouragement he gave me. A very kind man.
“Always your friend and brother-in-law….”
Rick"

This tribute was added by Sharon Kilber on 16th June 2016

"I can remember when I was young how Bob I called him Bobby my oldest brother. How I, looked up to him after losing our father.  Bobby was there like a father figure. I was only nine and I remember Bobby taking me with his friend Neil, to the movie Giant.  And watching them work on their cars. I, soppose they really did not want a little girl watching them. These are a few things I remember that's the kind of person Bobby was always caring.  Rest in Peace Bobby. Love You .Your sister Sharon"

This tribute was added by Mike McAvoy on 15th June 2016

"Bob was a great friend and always willing help to anytime. Just recently he was able to help me with sawmill questions. When I started in sales he invited me to go along on trips with him, he taught me alot. He knew everyone in the industry.
Along the way he knew the best hotels and resturants. I remember the night I nerviously followed him down an alley and in the back door of a resturant and then to my surprise treated like family. Every location we stopped they knew him by name. He was loved by all.

During my travels with Bob, I found he also knew my father and had sold him sawmill equipment in the 70s. At that time I realized I had heard of Bob. I was 16 years old and did not know Bob but I knew when he was in town with my Dad. They always went fishing the next day after a long dinner meeting.
I read somewhere that we would all miss the many email jokes Bob always sent out. Well I will the most. A couple years ago I was sick. During my daily treatment I looked forward to reading Bob's email jokes, he helped me to get through that time. I will miss my connection with Bob. God please bless and watch over Sally."

This tribute was added by Terri Renfro on 15th June 2016

"What a great memorial to Bob!  I love seeing all the pictures, especially from his younger days!  He was a good man!!"

This tribute was added by Jeff Warren on 15th June 2016

"Maxi Mill, Inc. worked with Bob on many sawmill projects over the years.  We always appreciated how hard Bob worked before and after the sale.  He was much more than a salesman though - he was our good friend - always willing to help us in anyway possible."

This tribute was added by Sarah Thornburg on 14th June 2016

"Rest in Peace my dear, until we meet again, you will live in my heart.  I am proud to have been the one to know you the best, and for the longest."

This tribute was added by Marion Oslund on 14th June 2016

"Bob was a fun, caring and giving person.  He once told me to treat others as though it was my last day on earth.  I was just a teenager when he shared this wisdom with me and I have never forgotten it.  
And I know he tried to live his life this way.  I had gained the nick name "Bobby" somewhere along the way.  This created some confusion when the phone would ring and someone would call out "Bobby there is a girl on the line for you" when the caller was one of my friends calling for me!  But he was a good sport about it.  I have a lot of wonderful memories of you Bob.  Rest in peace dear brother."

This tribute was added by David Thornburg on 14th June 2016

"I can remember visiting Bob and family with my Mother when I was very young.  I think we took the train out to visit.   Bob was full of fun and took me with him to get new shocks and tires on his car...I think it was a '56 Ford...white, if memory serves...anyway I can remember how special he made me feel that he would include me. He made it a special day with treating me to a soda.  A little thing but that is what made Bob special...all the little things he did that will be missed.   I will always remember his kindness and quick humor along with being one of the smartest people I have known.   Rest in peace brother.  I miss your emails and talks on the phone.  Love to all your family.

David"


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