Walking On - Michael Gray and Isaac Bobb

05.31.2016 Dean Rhodes Walking On

Michael Edward Gray Sr.

April 2, 1972 – April 26, 2016

Michael Gray Sr. passed away at the age of 44 on April 26, 2016, in his home in Eugene, Ore. He is survived by his parents Lola and James Gray, and his brother, Rocky Gray, as well as two children, Michael Gray Jr., 26, and Kassandra Gray, 20.

Michael worked at Weyerhaeuser on North Bertelsen Road in Eugene for 18 years. He loved the Oregon Ducks and his family. Michael was a great man who was a beloved father, brother, son, grandfather and friend to all the people who knew him.

There will be no funeral service as a celebration of life will be held at a later date. His headstone is at Oak Hill Cemetery in Eugene, next to his grandparents.


Isaac Bobb Sr.

Jan. 21, 1934 -- May 11, 2016

Isaac Bobb Sr. was born in Toppenish, Wash., to Wilson Bobb Sr. and Iola Brown. He grew up in Grand Ronde, Ore. He married Lorena and together they had 10 children, along with being foster parents to numerous children. They moved back to Washington in the late 1960s. They built their home on Barkes Road in 1971 and he lived there until his death.

He was the rock in our family. He taught us all to hunt, fish and survive off the land with the exception of a can of beans, tortillas and potatoes. He also taught us the value of hard work. He was quite a practical joker and loved to scare people. He loved fast cars and with that was trouble and the topic of lots of stories.

He enlisted in the Army during the Korean War and left with an honorable discharge. He was a timber faller and worked for Zimbrick, Zwight, Taylor, Tiin-Ma and Wheeler logging companies. He later owned his own logging company, Pahto Logging.

He would fall timber in the day, cut a cord of wood after or hunt for elk and deer to feed his large family. He was there to help clean up the wilderness after the Mount St. Helens eruption in 1980. While working there he stated, “Most people went to bed to have nightmares, I went to work to a nightmare.” After retiring from timber falling, he continued cutting firewood for many valued customers until his death.

He loved the mountains, whether it was in Grand Ronde or the Yakama Reservation. His love of hunting brought him many trophy antlers, which he proudly displayed on his sundeck for all to see. He also loved fishing for salmon on the Columbia River and trout fishing at Mt. Adams Lake. He also enjoyed classical music.

The wood cutter has cut his last cord of wood, fished his last at Mt. Adams Lake and gone to the happy hunting grounds in the sky. We will miss you dearly and will love you forever.

He is survived by two siblings, sister Ramona Ahto and brother Steven Bobb; children, Denise Bobb, Ronald Bobb, Susanna Lumley (Baptist), Cindi Bobb (Mike), Isaac Bobb Jr. (Mary), Evelena Bobb, Robert Bobb (Lisa) and James Bobb (Lori); 34 grandchildren; and numerous great-grandchildren and two great-great-grandchildren.

He was preceded in death by his parents; his wife of 49 years, Lorena; two sons, Wilbur and Wilson Bobb; five brothers, Peter Brown, Russell Bobb, Joseph Bobb, Wilson Bobb Jr. and Emerson Bobb Sr.; three sisters, Loraine Bobb, Edna (Madge) Bobb and Donica Rook; three grandchildren and one great-grandchild.

A celebration of life and potluck dinner was held Saturday, May 21, at Harrah Grade School cafeteria in Harrah, Wash.