Robert E. 'Big Bob' Foley
Robert E. ‘Big Bob’ Foley, 59, of Myrtle Creek, died July 6, 2007, of heart disease.
He was born Dec. 18, 1947, in Framingham, Mass.
He joined the U.S. Army, serving in the Vietnam War. He earned many medals including the Purple Heart after volunteering to skipper a PBR boat at Cat Lai, Nha Be and Código, running convoy interference patrols for munitions ordinance in the Rung Sat Special Zone. Primary enemy was Swimmer Sapper Team 10 / local VC.
While in Alaska he owned and operated a snow removal company in the 1980s. He also co-owned a restaurant and become well known. Mr. Foley loved Brookings Range area and returned many times to visits friends and camp on the Chetco River with his sons. He moved to Umpqua in the early 1990s and owned and operated Big Bob's Trucking. He married Lisa Doughty in the early 1980s, in Anchorage, Alaska
As his health deteriorated, Mr. Foley moved to Myrtle Creek to be near the VA hospital in Roseburg.
Survivors include his son Sean of Myrtle Creek; mother Martha and sister Michelle of Framingham, Mass.; brothers John and family of Puyallup, Wash., Ron and family of High Desert, Calif.; foster mothers Jodi Dixon of Vancouver, Wash., and Sandy Peterson of Brookings; former wife Lisa Foley. He was preceded in death by his father and son Robby.
A burial with full military honors and a Requiem Mass was July 11, in Myrtle Creek.