Robert Bruce Woerner “Cadillac Bob”


Aug. 28, 2019 — Robert  Bruce Woerner “Cadillac Bob”  74, peacefully passed away Aug. 22, 2019, following a short, valiant battle with pancreatic cancer, with his loving wife, Karen, by his side.

Bob was born Oct. 5, 1944, in Los Angeles, Calif., the son of Robert C. and Betty Woerner.

At age 20, Bob was drafted into the United States Army. He received training at Fort Gordon, Ga., before being sent to Vietnam for a tour of duty.  After his military service, Bob worked 30 years as a mechanic for Torrance City, Calif.

During his working years, Bob became very involved in competitive motorcycle racing, long-distance endurance wave-runner races, and softball; Bob liked to go fast and be first!

Bob’s passion for automobiles began with the restoration of his 1949 Cadillac, thus the nickname “Cadillac Bob.” He was very involved in numerous car shows in California and Oregon.

Bob moved to Florence, Ore., in 2004. Shortly thereafter, he moved his mother, Betty, and step-father, Russell Downs, to Florence to help care for them.

In Florence, Bob quickly became involved with the VFW, VFW Honor Guard, DAV, Band of Brothers,  Military Museum, Veteran’s Memorial Wall, and Wings and Wheels. Bob truly felt the men in these organizations were his brothers.

Bob represented the VFW at the Siuslaw Viking home football games, providing the opening flag ceremony.  This is only one example of the countless acts of community service he provided.

Bob was a faithful member of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints and was actively involved in compassionate service. 

He was always seen with a smile on his face as he willingly served and will long be remembered for his kindness to his fellow man. Bob met the love of his life, Karen Holmes, in July 2014.

They were married Nov. 8, 2014, and on that day Bob finally had the family he always wanted: Six children and their spouses, 26 grandchildren and 7 great-grandchildren, all of whom he loved dearly and they loved him.

Although Bob and Karen’s time together was much too short, it was filled with immense love and happiness.

Bob is survived by his sweetheart, Karen; his parents, Betty and Russell Downs; his six step-children:  Mike (Lisa) Holmes, Kelli (Ken) Bradbury, Brian (Tammy) Holmes, Kristi (Greg) Wilkey, Steve (Tami) Holmes, Kami  (Andy) Baber; 26 grandchildren; and seven great-grandchildren (with two more on the way). 

He was preceded in death by his father, Robert; his brother Larry; and his son Shon.

Funeral services for Bob will be held Saturday, Aug. 31, at 1 p.m., at The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints, 2705 Munsel Lake Rd. in Florence.

Military honors to follow at Pacific Sunset Cemetery. Interment will be at Willard City Cemetery, Willard, Utah.

A special thank you to the wonderful staff at Peace Health ICU who treated Bob with great dignity and respect.

Burns’s Riverside Chapel Florence Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.

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