Robert Penfield Inglis

Robert Penfield Inglis

Robert Penfield Inglis

Robert (Bob) Inglis, 94, passed away peacefully at his home in Medford, October 12, 2007, after a long battle with Parkinson's and cancer.

He was born in Hudson, Wis., September 10, 1913, to parents, John Percy Inglis and Ruth Jefferson Penfield. In 1918, Bob and part of his family moved across country in a 1915 Dodge Brothers car, taking over two months. The rest of the family preceded them by train, all settling at Hermosa Beach, Calif., later moving to Van Nuys, Calif. in about 1920. Bob had three older sisters, Elizabeth, Margaret and Faith; and two younger brothers, David and Stuart. His parents, sisters and Stuart have all predeceased him. David and his wife, Caye, now live in Lynden, Wash.

Bob graduated from Van Nuys High School, where his father was the principal, and attended McKay's Business College in Los Angeles. He was 17 when his mother died from a brain tumor. In high school, he served as drum major for the marching band, and entered the R.O.T.C., rising to Company Commander his senior year. He loved to dance to the big bands in the area, mentioning Lawrence Welk especially. Bob worked as an apprentice mortician, for the L.A. Water District, and for several years as Safety Engineer for Consolidated Steel Corporation, Wilmington shipyard. He started employment there the Monday after the Pearl Harbor attack, working until the end of the war. He was a lumber consultant for Associated Molding, living in Spokane, Wash., and Portland, where he retired in 1978.

Bob married Dorothy Jayne Pratt on February 12, 1939. They had two children. John (Jack) Penfield, April 9, 1942, died aboard the submarine, USS Thresher in the Atlantic, April 10, 1963, one day after his 21st birthday. Dorothy predeceased Bob in 1987. Roberta Jayne Pendell, survives and lives in Redmond, Wash. Bob has three grandchildren, Robert, David and Melinda; and one great-grandchild. He was very active in Boy Scouting, as was his son, Jack. In 1959, as Advisor, Bob lead Explorer Post 499X on a canoe trip for 125 miles in 5 days down the Colorado River, before Glen Canyon Dam was built.

He became interested in square dancing in Portland and held many offices at both state and local levels. He met Emma Lee Wellman at a dance and they married October 14, 1979. They moved to the Rogue Valley, where they bought and operated the Pilgrim Janitorial Company for 10 years. Because of his big smile, he worked as a greeter at Target for 3-4 years, until Parkinson's slowed him down too much to continue. Bob and Emma Lee loved to square and round dance, camping, fishing, and traveling in their motorhome throughout the western United States and Canada. He had to give up dancing in 1997, and his last trip in the motor home was to the Inglis family reunion in 2000. His stepson, John Wellman, died May 7, 1994. His two stepdaughters, Donna Merryfield and Linda Deno survive. Bob was a gentle, loving and patient person with a big smile. He requested there be no service, but at the Inglis Reunion this July, a "Remembering Time" was observed for Bob and his sisters and brother. Our sincere thanks go to Rogue Valley Medical Center's Home Care with Dennis and Claudia, and finally the many months of Hospice services with the loving care of Kris and Elaine.

Arrangements by Memory Gardens, Medford.

Bob's big smile is not gone, you see, he's just gone from our sight, God wanted him now and He set him free.

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