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Bob Hollen

The Times-Journal of Condon, Oregon

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Robert Lee 'Bob' Hollen, 85, passed away peacefully early Christmas morning, 2013 in Sublimity, Oregon.

He was preceded in death by his older brother, Addison Frederick Hollen, and older sister, Rita Claire Gloor.

He was born Sept. 16, 1928 in Condon, Oregon, the third and youngest child of Burt and Lena (Ochse) Hollen. He graduated from Condon High School and served in the Army in France at the end of World War II.

When he returned to the United States, he received a degree in Food Science from Oregon State University. He began his career in food processing working at a plant near Watsonville, Calif. He married Donna Garcia and they raised their three children, Richard Hollen, Kathleese Young and Robert Hollen in Salem where Bob worked for Norpac Foods as a quality control manager.

He enjoyed fishing, baking bread and was an expert woodworker. Many lucky family members own furniture or other items he made.

After Bob and Donna divorced in 1980, he met and married Helen Hoke in 1981 and became step-father to Helen's eight children, Michael Hoke, Patrick Hoke, Mary Cline, Margaret White, James Hoke, Carrie Schwaller, John Hoke and Anthony Hoke. He and Helen enjoyed the next 27 years together, travelling, cooking, making candy and taking care of each other.

Helen passed away in March of 2008. In September of 2008, he welcomed a dachshund puppy he named Truffles into his home. In 2009 Bob and Truffles moved to Sloper House at Marian Estates where he enjoyed seeing his friends at mealtimes and walking Truffles around the pond.

He is survived by his three children, eight stepchildren, 20 grandchildren, four great-grandchildren, a few cousins, many nieces, nephews and grand-nieces and grand-nephews.

A Catholic Rosary and memorial celebration of Bob's life will be held at Weddle's Funeral Home in Stayton Thursday, Jan. 2, 6 p.m. A Catholic Mass will be celebrated at 1 p.m. Friday, Jan. 3, at Immaculate Conception Church in Stayton. Burial will take place after the Mass at Saint Mary Catholic Cemetery in Stayton.

A reception will be held at 2 p.m. in the Saint Maximillian Kolbe Room at Immaculate Conception Church. In lieu of flowers, the family requests that donations be sent to the Christian Foundation for Children and Aging, a nonprofit organization through which Bob and Helen have sponsored a boy in Peru for many years.

Arrangements were entrusted to Weddle Funeral Service in Stayton, Oregon. Online condolences at

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Original Publication Date: January 2, 2014

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