Robert George “Bob” Earle

By The Curry Coastal Pilot November 16, 2013 07:34 am

Robert George “Bob”  Earle

Jan. 6, 1925-Nov. 3, 2013 

Former longtime Brookings resident Bob Earle passed away Sunday, Nov. 3, 2013, in Medford, surrounded by his family. 

His life began Jan. 6, 1925, in Seattle, Wash., born to parents George Daniel Earle and Rebecca Mae McMahan. 

Bob’s early years were spent in Seattle, and Eugene. He joined the U.S. Maritime Service when he was 16 and sailed throughout the Aleutian Islands. 

While Bob was working as a Mt. Rainier ski instructor on Sunday, Dec. 7, 1941, Pearl Harbor was attacked. Bob later enlisted in the U.S. Marine Corps where he fought in the battles of Iwo Jima, Okinawa, and Guadalcanal.

After World War II ended, Bob returned to Seattle to work as a deliveryman for Carnation. He met Shirley Sterling who would become his wife of 61 years. 

Later, he made the decision to enter the U.S. Air Force, becoming a pilot and flight instructor, which took Bob and Shirley to various parts of the United States and England. His last station of duty was Langley, Virginia, where he retired in 1966 and subsequently moved his family to Brookings. He was an active resident of Brookings, with his wife Shirley, until her death in 2010. In 2011 Bob moved to Medford to be near family.

During Bob’s 45 years in Brookings, he and Shirley owned and operated Bob Earle’s Chevron and later built the Spindrift Motor Inn. He also served as a Port of Brookings Harbor commissioner and had actively participated in local politics. 

Bob and Shirley enjoyed traveling to various parts of the world after their children had “flown the nest” and cherished the friendships they had developed while being active members of the Brookings-Harbor community. 

His most rewarding contributions, other than to his family, were as an active member of the Brookings Presbyterian Church, the local chapter of the Marine Corps  League and his membership in Brookings Elks Lodge 1934. 

Bob was the foundation of his family and is survived by his daughter and son-in-law Meredith and Jeffrey Foxx of Medford; son and daughter-in-law Brian and Christine Earle of Roseville, Calif.; five grandchildren and three great-grandchildren. Bob was preceded in death by his wife Shirley. 

A memorial service will take place at 2 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 8, at Brookings Presbyterian Church, 540 Pacific Ave., Brookings.

In lieu of flowers, the family requests donations be made in Bob’s memory to Brookings Presbyterian Church Building Fund, P.O. Box 697, Brookings, OR 97415. 

Submitted by the family.