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Robert Otto Barnes Jr

Robert Otto Barnes Jr., 66, passed away on Monday, Feb. 14, 2011.
He was born on May 6, 1944, the oldest son of Robert Otto and Alsia (Mahurin) Barnes.
Bob, known to his family as “Uncle Bob” or “Brother Bob” was an avid outdoors man, hunter/trapper, story teller, teacher, writer and lived his life on the edge, with many close calls in his life time.
As a teenager he began his career as a tree surgeon and landscaper. After graduating from Lake Oswego High he attended Oregon State University and Portland State. He joined the Marine Corps in 1965 and served as a sharp shooter for their National Rifle Team, earning many trophies for himself and his team. 1968 brought him the love of his life, Tamara Ann Warning. On May 8, 1968 they were married in Lake Oswego. In the early seventies they moved to Fort Rock where Bob worked as a builder and trapper. LaGrand was the next stop for Bob and Tammy , where Bob went back to school at Eastern Oregon State College. He graduated in 1987 with a bachelor of Arts in Education and held degrees in Science/physics and Geology. 1988 saw them back on the Oregon High Desert to teach science at Paisley, then onto Tampico, Mexico for another teaching job. Bob and Tammy returned to Fort Rock where Bob worked along side Tammy for the BLM.
Bob and Tammy enjoyed traveling to the Laughlin, Nev. area where he wrote articles for the Booster-Nature Column under the name of Coyote Bob Barnes. Bob and Tammy moved to Laughlin full time in 1994 where he worked as a substitute teacher for the Bullhead School Dist., owned and ran rental properties and dealt poker in the casinos in Laughlin.
Bob enjoyed traveling to the Sea of Cortez where he kept his boat and spent many hours fishing. He loved cooking new recipes for Tammy and spent hours on his computer keeping in touch with everyone via the internet. With his health failing, his good dog, Sam, was his constant companion and he prided himself in Sam’s daily training sessions.
He is preceeded in death by his parents; nephew Alex Andrus.
He is survived by his wife Tamara Ann; son Mike Barnes of LaPine; daughters and sons-in-law Kathy and Ken Kruse of Fort Rock, Jude’ and Bob Andrus of Beaverton, Fran and Randy Sittel of LaPine and Bonnie and Erik Radke of Wells, Nev.; nieces and nephews Randy and Christy Kruse, Rob Andrus and Trista, Patrick, Christoper, Ethan, Bridgett and Heather Sittel; his good dog Sam.
A memorial service will be held in the spring in central Oregon.
Donations may be made in Bob’s name to the charity of our choice.

One Response to "Robert Otto Barnes Jr"

  1. yourownfree@yahoo.com  September 30, 2015 at 10:10 pm

    I tried to locate Bob and Tamara but failed. I remember some of the crazy stuff Bob did. Bob touched my life as well as the Cruz family and Tamara, I am so sorry for the loss. I wanted so much to see him again. Guess it will be a bit longer now. Hope all is well with everyone. It might take you some thought to remember me. I was young and dumb with nowhere to go and no family who wanted me, except Bob and Tamara they took me in. I am forever grateful. Just hope I wasn’t too much of a pain. I was 16 I think. I am almost 60 now.


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