Medford, Oregon / May 15, 1929—August 28, 2017
Staff Sergeant Herbert E. Robb Jr. completed his tour of duty on earth and was reassigned to stand guard at “Heaven’s Scenes” August 28, 2017. He was 88 years old. Herb was born May 15, 1929 in Midwest, Wyoming to Herbert E. Robb Sr. and Anna Robb.
Upon graduation from Natrona High School he enlisted in the United States Marine Corps in 1947 and served at a variety of Marine Corps posts and stations on the West Coast and overseas. He served in the Korean conflict and volunteered for an additional tour there when his first tour was completed. He received an honorable discharge September 6, 1959. After discharge from the Marine Corps, Herb worked as a safety engineer in the Engineering Development Laboratories of North American Aviation, Space Division in Downey, California on components for the Apollo Command module and escape tower design. Follow on assignments included the Douglas Space Center where he worked in the safety department on the space chamber and support systems. He then moved to TRW Space, Electronics Division, as Manager of Health and Safety for facilities and operations. He then took a position as Manager, Technical Services at Western Oil and Gas Association in Los Angeles where he conducted oil fire control schools for state, county, and municipal employees in seven western states. Herb then joined the ARCO Transportation Division’s Pipeline and Marine Terminal Division as Regulatory Compliance Manager. His duties at ARCO included safety and fire protection criteria for the deep water berth for the one million-barrel tanker fleet. He retired in 1985.
Herb was involved in several volunteer activities. He assisted the Long Beach, Calif. YMCA in refurbishing a shelter with ARCO and community volunteers, to house 60 battered women and children for which he received the ARCO Volunteer of the Year Award. He was President of the Lakewood, Calif. Rotary and coordinator of the Rotary relief program for the earthquake in Ecuador. He was a Paul Harris Fellow. After relocating to Medford, he became very active in veteran affairs. Herb was the founding President of the Rogue Valley Korean War Chapter, founding President of the Jackson County Board of Commissioner’s Veterans Advisory Committee, past President of the Non Commissioned Officers Chapter, past Commander of the Disabled American Veterans, Chapter #8, and past Commandant of the Rogue Valley Detachment of the Marine Corps League. He was a life member of the Marine Corps League, Veterans of Foreign Wars, Disabled American Veterans, and member of the American Legion.
Herb is survived by his wife, Rose Marie; two children, Cynthia Palmer and Herbert Stafford Robb; two grandchildren, Korbe Palmer and Chclsie Orr; and two great-grandchildren, Gracie Lynne Orr and Charlotte Rose Orr.
His wife and friends greatly appreciate the wonderful care and many friends he made while receiving medical assistance and therapy during a lengthy stay at Linda Vista Care Center in Ashland. Herb had high praise for the employees who worked there.
Funeral services are scheduled by Perl Funeral Home for 3:00 p.m. Friday, September 8, at Eagle Point National Cemetery.
Rather than flowers, it was Herb’s request that donations be made to the Rogue Valley Young Marines, 480 Red Mountain Road, Grants Pass, OR, 97526.