Robert (Bob) Arne Manseth


Nov. 24, 2018 — Robert (Bob) Arne Manseth, beloved father, grandfather and great-grandfather, passed away peacefully in Portland, Ore., on Oct. 24, 2018, after a courageous battle with Parkinson's Disease.

He was born Nov. 21, 1929, in Eugene, Ore., to Magnus and Esther Manseth.

Bob graduated from Oklahoma A&M with a Bachelor’s Degree in Civil Engineering. 

He was proud of his military service in the U.S. Marines and Air Force and was stationed in the United Kingdom in the 1950’s.

It was in Edinburgh, Scotland, that he met his first wife, Anita.

Bob and Anita were married at the Scandinavian Lutheran Church in 1954.  Daughter Gail was born in Prestwick, Scotland, in 1955 and son Ron was born in Ruislip, England, in 1956 — both on U.S. Air Force bases.

Shortly after, the couple moved to the United States and they resided in Detroit, Mich., and Portland, Ore., before settling in Florence in 1965.

Daughter Lisa was born in 1966 in Florence.

Bob remarried twice in the years after.

Bob spent his years in Florence working as a Civil Engineer and land surveyor; he also was the creator and owner of Indian Forest, a Highway 101 landmark for 40 years; Laurel Bay Gardens now occupies the building Bob built many years ago.

Bob was a member of the Elks Lodge and when he wasn't busy working would go into town to visit with friends at the Elks, Traveler's Cove or at the casino.  He spent many holidays with family in Eugene, Portland and Seattle and enjoyed taking his family to dinner or just chatting with a glass of wine.

Bob was preceded in death by his father, Magnus Manseth; his mother, Esther Manseth; and his brother, Karl Manseth.

He is survived by his daughter, Gail Yoshikawa (husband Bert, daughter Courtney, son James, daughter-in-law Trisha, and great-granddaughter Kalyn); son Ron Manseth (sons Eric and Jordan); and daughter Lisa Sanchez (husband Edwin, and sons Andrew and Nick).

A private family memorial service will be held at the Willamette National Cemetery in Portland on Nov. 30. 

A celebration of his life will be held at 1258 Restobar in Florence on Dec. 1 from 4:30 to 6:30 p.m. 

The family asks friends to come for food and stories in remembrance of our father and friend.

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