Robert G. Clubb, 89, of Missoula, passed away on Thursday, June 16 2016 at St. Patrick Hospital, of natural causes.
Robert was born on August 11, 1926 in Wallace, ID to Stalker and Mae Clubb. He is the youngest of three sons. Bob graduated with the class of ’44 from High School in Mullan, Idaho and joined the Navy at age 17. On July 26, 1944 his navy career began Port Whunemi, California where he attended Cargo Handling School. He then spent the next three months at Treasure Island doing pre-commissioning training. He served on the U.S.S. General DeRoy Eltinge, A.P. 154, the U.S.S. Harmon, D.E. 678, and the U.S.S. Greenwood, D.E. 679. His life in the Navy took him on excursions that made a complete circle of the world. He came home as a World War II veteran after serving his country for over three years. He returned to civilian life with the Asiatic-Pacific Campaign Bar, the European-American Campaign Ribbon, the Good Conduct Medal, and the Victory Medal.
After returning home, he worked for six months as an apprentice carpenter in Wallace, Idaho. His brother, Jack, and he then traveled the west looking for a place to buy and ended up in Turah, Montana. They bought 160 acres of farm land with no electiricy, no running water, and a small two bedroom house. They built a saw mill, sawed their own lumber, and over the years added on to the house. They farmed the 160 acres, sold cattle, eggs, and rabbits. Eventually his brother left to marry a teacher from Mullan, Idaho and left Turah. Bob remained in Montana.
Robert went to Mullan every weekend to visit with his family and met his first wife Geneva Jenson on a blind date. They were married in 1953 and raised 3 children in Turah. He worked at the Anaconda Lumber Mill for 20 years and then at Champion for the next 15 years before retiring in 1988. Bob and Gen were married until 1997 when Gen passed away.
Robert married Shirley Miles in 2001. They continued to travel to Mesa for the winter as they both had with their first spouses. Their combined family of 6 children had known each other all of their lives. Both families traveled on vacations together, went camping together, and did game night every Friday night.
Robert enjoyed many years hunting in the Thompson Falls area, taking his boat out to fish, golfing in Montana and Arizona and he was always working on a project in his woodworking shop. He made china closets, tables, trunks and his scroll-work clocks adorn many a wall; the detail of his work was amazing.
Robert is preceded in death by his parents, Stalker and Mae Clubb, his brothers, Fred and Jack, and his first wife Geneva Jenson Clubb.
He is survived by his wife, Shirley Miles Clubb, his three children, Linda (Don), Gary, Wayne (Ann), his three step-children Wanda (Don), Michael, and Sherrie, 7 grand-children and 5 great-grandchildren.
Robert blessed this earth with his loving kindness to those he held dear to him, his friendliness to those who needed a helping hand, and his faith in our Savior who guided his life. He will be missed by all who knew him and were blessed by the time they got to spend with him.
Services will be at Our Saviour’s Lutheran Church, Bonner, Montana on Monday, June 20, 2016 at 11:00 am. In lieu of flowers, please make donations to Our Savior’s Lutheran Church. A special thanks goes out the staff at Rosetta for all of their loving kindness while he was a resident there.