Robert J. "Bob" Scheckla

Bird lover, 81Robert J. "Bob" Scheckla, 81, of Ocean Park, Wash., died Thursday, June 20, 2002, at his home in Ocean Park.

Mr. Scheckla was born Dec. 22, 1920, in Tigard to Albert and Gertrude Ochs Scheckla. He grew up on the family farm in Tigard where his parents raised garlic and strawberries.

He worked in the Portland shipyards during the early part of World War II, then served four years with the U.S. Navy in the Pacific Theater aboard the U.S.S. Mississippi. He was in Tokyo Bay for the formal surrender ceremonies.

Returning to Tigard, he delivered mail there before moving to Coquille, where he was a bartender at the American Legion. In the early 1950s he and his brother, Howard, operated Ole's Nook in Ocean Park and he later tended bar at Doc's Tavern in Ocean Park. He worked a number of years in seafood processing at Eastpoint Seafoods in Nahcotta, Wash., until retirement.

Mr. Scheckla was baptized in the Catholic church. He was a life member of the Long Beach, Wash., Elks Lodge and a member of the Moose and Eagles lodges in Ocean Park. He enjoyed clamming, spending time with family and friends and gardening. Family members say he always had a soft spot for birds, chickens and any winged creature. They will remember his sense of humor and his commitment to helping his fellow man and "the underdog."

He is survived by his daughter, Cyndi Keyes of Marysville, Wash., and her half-sister, Kathleen Kary of Ocean Park; two brothers, James Scheckla of Sheridan, Wyo., and Bernard Scheckla of Aurora; three sisters, Ethel Harris and Clara Kreick of King City and Lucille Wilberger of Myrtle Point; numerous nieces and nephews; and longtime companion Darline Swaggart of Ocean Park. His brothers Chuck and Howard and sisters Marie, Helen and Edith died earlier.

A graveside service will be at 11:30 a.m. Friday at Saint Anthony Cemetery in Tigard.

Penttila's Chapel by the Sea in Long Beach is in charge of arrangements.

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