Robert Burl McCumber, age 74, of Mount Vernon, passed away on Tuesday, August 31, 2021 at his residence. A graveside service will be held at 1:00 PM on Sunday, September 5th at the Moon Creek Cemetery, west of Mount Vernon. Full military honors will be provided in respect and appreciation for his 34 years of service to our country. Friends will be invited to join the family for a reception following the ceremony.
Robert was born the youngest of 5 children in La Grande, Oregon to Frank (Dick) and Hilda McCumber. The family moved from the Baker valley to the town of Mt. Vernon, Oregon in 1950. Robert grew up in Mt. Vernon making lifelong friends and connections.
Robert served in the US Army for 34 years. His service included being in Korea during the Vietnam War, stationed at Fort Carson, Colorado, was a Drill Instructor at Fort Gordan, Georgia, stationed with the US Army in Berlin, Germany and stationed with the US Army in Anchorage, Alaska. Robert finished out his military career in the US Army Reserve. Robert was always very proud of his time in the military and had a very strong love for his country and community.
After leaving the active-duty military Robert and family moved back to the town of Mt. Vernon in Oregon. Robert had various jobs throughout his post military life including, log truck driver, car salesman, propane truck driver, and Highway Maintenance Specialist for the Oregon Department of Transportation. Robert retired from the Oregon Department of Transportation.
Robert was always there to serve and help others. Throughout his life he helped many, many people with their journey to sobriety. Robert spent many years as a volunteer Emergency Medical Technician (EMT) and working with his wife Charlotte training countless people life saving CPR/First Aid.
Robert never knew a stranger; his larger-than-life energy and amazing sense of humor touched hundreds of lives and will be truly missed every day.
Robert was preceded in death by his father, mother, older brother Neil McCumber and older sister Millie McCumber (Hickerson) (Butler).
He is survived by his brothers Roger and Lyle McCumber, wife Charlotte McCumber, children, James McCumber, Ryan McCumber (wife), Charissa (Rissy) Palmer, Larry Palmer (husband) and Shawna Clark, Jamey Clark (husband). Grand children, Travis Palmer, James Robert McCumber, Audra Shaffer, Arron Palmer, Dereke Clark and Angle Leigh McCumber. Two great grandchildren, Mabel Clark and Amellia (Millie) Palmer.
The family would like those who wish to donate, to please send a donation in Robert’s name to the Wounded Warrior Project through Driskill Memorial Chapel, 241 S. Canyon Blvd., John Day, OR 97845.
Memorial contributions may be made to the Wounded Warrior Project through Driskill Memorial Chapel at 241 S. Canyon Blvd., John Day, OR 97845.
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