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Robert "Bob" Larkin

May 28, 2018
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Robert (Bob) Edward Larkin, 86 of John Day, Oregon, passed away Monday, May 28 at Blue Mountain Care Center in Prairie City, Oregon.  Memorial Services will be held June 23, 2018  at United Methodist Church in John Day at 11:00 a.m.  Friends are invited to join the family  for a potluck reception at the John Day Elks Lodge immediately following the service. Following the reception, the interment will be held at 4 p.m. ~ Dayville Cemetery  in Dayville, Oregon with Military Honors.

Larkin was born in Prairie City, Oregon, to James Richard and Myrtle (Boyer) Larkin, October 5, 1931.  He graduated from John Day High School in 1950.

Following high school he drove truck for Welshes Blue Mountain Mills for a year, then joined the Navy Seabees for 4 years during the Korean War from 1951 to 1955.  Returning home he drove truck for Hudspeth Lumber Company, before becoming owner of the Richfield Oil Service Station and Oil Distributor of John Day and Burns from 1956 to 1996.  He was a contract petroleum tanker distributor and owner of RV Storage from 1978 to 2008 when he ended his 52 year business career.

Larkin was active in the Chamber of Commerce, Kiwanis Club Past President and member of Benevolent Order of Elks for 60 years, including Trustee for 4 years.

He enjoyed dancing and attending Jazz Festivals, hunting and fishing and traveling, having gone to many places including Hawaii, Alaska and Scotland.  He liked joining his family every year for the Dayville 4th of July parade. He enjoyed a glass of wine most days and always said it was 5:00 some place.

Larkin is survived by his wife of 19 years, Isa Larkin and Maggie (their dog) of John Day, step-son Jim (Wendy) Wham of The Dalles and their son James, grandchildren Colby Donnelly (Nicki) and their daughter Lilly of Corvallis and Christopher Donnelly of Crooked River Ranch, sister Ruth Kelsey of Auburn, California, half-sisters Viola Jones of Auburn, California and Nancy Jackson of Orangevale, California, half-brothers Jim (Ann) Larkin of Lakewood, Colorado, Barney Larkin of John Day, Larry Larkin of Prineville, John (Dianne) Larkin of Lincoln City, step-children Steve Wilson (Leonor) of Palmdale, California, Sheila Wilson and Sherril (Cliff) Daniels of Oregon City; numerous nieces, nephews, grandchildren, great-grandchildren.

He was preceded in death by his parents, wife Wilma (Amis) Larkin of 37 years, daughter Lori Kay Larkin, brothers Richard Larkin and Gene Larkin, sister Frances, step-daughters Cheril Aury and Donna Walters. 


For those who would like to make a memorial donation in honor of Larkin, the family suggests contributions be made to either John Day Elks #1824 or United Methodist Church, John Day, through Tami’s Pine Valley Funeral Home and Cremation Services PO BOX  543 Halfway, Oregon 97834. On line condolences may be shared at




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