Bob Dean Sherrill was born at home in Grandview, Tennessee to Andrew and Nina Sherrill on October 13th, 1940. The Sherrill Family moved around a lot and landed in Idaho. There Bob met the love of his life Doris Boudreau. They just celebrated their 62nd anniversary this past November. They lived for a while in Idaho before moving to Kelso, Washington where they lived for the last 56 years.
Bob was loved by many people and animals. He was such a special person to many people. It will be difficult to encompass all his special qualities in this brief portrait. We can only hope that we do right by his memory with these words.
Bob worked in the dairy industry for most of his life. He spent most of his dairy career at Standard Dairy in Longview, Washington and Fred Meyer Dairy in Portland, Oregon.
Bob is survived by his wife, Doris of 62 years; his daughter Tammy; son Ron (Rena); his daughter and Son-in-law, Deann and Mick. Bob was blessed with grandchildren Brice (Leah); Breann (Leo); Sawyer and Harley. He was also blessed with a great grandson Ezra and is expecting another great grandson in August. Bob is also survived by siblings Kathy (Bruce), Gary (Pam), Terry (Sharon), Pat (Kali), Jim, and Margie. He also survived by numerous nieces, nephews, and great nieces and nephews. Bob is additionally survived by a special couple he considered as his own children, Gary and Darlene Dalgleish. He also leaves a dog Jasper and grand dog Izzie.
Bob was preceded in death by his parents Andrew and Nina Sherrill; 2 siblings that died at birth; his sister Edna; brother Dallas; sister Shirley; brother Larry; nephew Kevin; and 8 days prior to his death lost his brother Stan, with whom he was very close.
There are countless words that describe Bob. He was honest, funny, kind, hardworking, generous, loyal, and so much more. Anyone who was blessed to know Bob, will remember how kind he was. He would help anyone even if he didn’t know them. They will also remember his many interesting and funny stories. He experienced so much in life and knew so much about a lot of things. He always loved to share about his experiences. He also had one of the best laughs and would often laugh at his own stories and jokes. He was truly one of a kind.
Bob was a selfless man. He always cared and did for others more than himself. In 2009, Bob had suffered a subdermal hematoma. When he was in recover, his wife and daughter went in to see him, the first thing he asked was to his wife and how her hip was. The nurse said to his wife, “He has been talking and worried about you. He just had brain surgery and the first thing he is telling me is about you and how worried he is about your hip.” During any stay in the hospital, Bob was always a favorite of the nurses.
Besides his family and friends, Bob had a great love of cars. He loved learning about them; tinkering on them; going to car shows; talking about them. He was very knowledgeable about cars and inspired others to have an interest in cars too. Bob loved to tinker and work around the house. He was never one to hire someone to work when he could do it himself. When Bob was 75 years old, he and Doris replaced all the windows in their house. He still did all his own lawn work and landscaping. Many may not know that he loved to cook and even sew.
One of the many things people do not know about him (he didn’t even know this about himself), is that he was ahead of his time, even in fashion. There were many times he would by something to wear and his kids or friends would think it odd but soon after would become a fashion trend. Painter pants and Jesus sandals just to name a few. He would by sports memorabilia items just because he like the emblem (not even a team fan) and soon after they would win a championship. This happened multiple times.
Bob was a father-figure to many. He was a very generous person. There was many a time when someone would stop by his home, and he would offer them something to eat. Even if you declined, he would still come in with a plate of food he had made for you or some other treat (he loved his treats). He always offered his time and helped without expectation of anything in return. A truly giving person.
Bob was very humble and probably does not realize how loved he was or the impact he had on so many people’s lives. He would be embarrassed to read these truthful things about himself and not want a big deal made about his death. The loss of him will be felt greatly by many. These words do not convey how great of a man he was. Bob lived a great life and was loved by many. He was blessed but not as blessed as the people who called him family and friend.
There will be no funeral services at this time, but a private family celebration of his life will be held later
Please keep his bride in your prayers as she is heart-broken over losing the Love of Her life.