Robert O. Bracken

Coast Guard officer, 88Robert O. "Bob" Bracken, 88, of Portland, died Friday, Sept. 5, 2003, in West Hills Convalescent Center in Portland.

Mr. Bracken was born Dec. 18, 1914 in Seaside to Ole and Clarena Bracken. He graduated from Seaside Union High School in 1933. He was active in the Boy Scouts and worked as a Western Union messenger, delivering telegrams and phone messages to tourists.

After graduation, he worked as an ordinary seaman with the State Steamship Company, traveling to the Philippines and Japan. He began his Coast Guard career as a surfman in San Francisco in 1937 and was transferred to Point Adams Lifeboat Station in Hammond.

On June 10, 1939 he married Carrie M. Shepherd in Chester, Mont. She died in 1991.

Mr. Bracken received his commission as an ensign in the Coast Guard in 1942. During World War II, he was commander of the LST 771 in the Pacific.

After the war, he served at duty stations in Aberdeen and Seattle, Wash., Baltimore, Washington, D.C., and Honolulu. He retired in 1964 after 27 years of service and went on to earn his Master Mariner's license and worked as a marine surveyor in the Portland area for several years. He also worked part time as chief mate on the University of Oregon oceanography ship Yaquina and as chief officer on the Salvage Chief out of Portland.

Mr. Bracken is survived by a brother, Kenneth Bracken of Seaside; a son, R. Duane Bracken of Kalispell, Mont.; a daughter, Sandra Pease of Twisp, Wash.; two grandchildren, Carrie Lynn Gerdes of Burlington, Wash., and Brian Pease of Oak Harbor, Wash.; and four great-grandchildren.

A memorial service will be at 4 p.m. Saturday at Our Savior's Lutheran Church, 2000 Country Club Lane in Lake Oswego.

Memorial contributions may be made to Our Savior's Lutheran Church Music and Worship Fund, P.O. Box 159, Lake Oswego, OR 97034.

Abbey Funeral Home in Portland is in charge of arrangements.


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