Robert “Bob” Baysinger of Cottage Grove, Oregon was born July 23, 1936, in Colorado to Ella L. (Smith) and Earl C. Baysinger. He passed away August 28, 2021.
Bob was the oldest of 12 children born to Earl and Ella. He attended high school in Renton, Washington and at the early age of 17 he enlisted in the Navy and served a part of his eight years in the Navy on the USS Turner Joy. He then went on to serve in the Coast Guard for 13 more years, the latter years as a recruiter. Bob met his wife, Pamela Jarrett, while in the armed forces. They married in 1968 and later divorced.
Bob was a long-term resident of Cottage Grove and dedicated a portion of his life serving the community. He was a city councilor for several years and was an independent Chamber of Commerce supporter. He and his wife Pam also ran a garden nursery in the community.
Art and painting were Bob's main passion. He operated an art studio, taught classes to help others learn the craft and helped paint some of the props for the Cottage Theatre, specifically in 1992 for Ten Little Indians. He enjoyed painting animals such as dogs, cats, birds, scenery and portraits. The South Pacific and his travels there were another of Bob's joys and inspirations for his art. He was also an avid writer, jotting down the events of each day in his years of journals, and even writing a memoir book about his life. Bob loved his cats, his vegetable garden and took great pride in his yard and flowers. Bob also enjoyed the occasional trip to a casino with friends and the casual poker game hosted in his home every now and then.
He is preceded in death by his parents Earl and Ella, one brother Donald, and two sisters Oma and Ronda. He is survived by a daughter Phoebe, four sisters Elonie, Sharon, Margaret, and Doretta, four brothers Richard, Ronald, Terry and Timothy, niece Connie, many other nieces/nephews, caregiver and friend Christy, many other friends and two cats, Brutus and Caesar.
Memorial donations may be made to the Humane Society of Cottage Grove or to the Cottage Grove Theatre.
There will be a small graveside service with military honors at Roseburg National Cemetery, Thursday, September 23, 2021, at 2:00pm. Funeral arrangements by Smith-Lund-Mills Funeral Chapel.