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Robert Puerner

Monmouth, Oregon

October 18, 2010

Age Military Rank Unit/Location
80 Air Force  


 Served in Korea and Vietnam.

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October 21, 2010

Robert A. Puerner

Feb. 22, 1930 - Oct. 18, 2010

Robert A. Puerner
Robert "Bob" Puerner, 80, of Monmouth died Oct. 18 of cancer in Monmouth.

He was born in Fort Atkinson, Wis., to Lester and Lillian Puerner.

He was a veteran of the Navy Reserve and entered the Army Air Corps as it became the U.S. Air Force in 1947. He served as a radio operator on SA-6, C-82 and C-l 19 aircraft; a gunner on B-36 aircraft and was as an Air Commando in the 580th Air Resupply Squadron. He also served in Strategic Air Command as a combat electronics warfare officer on B-52s during the height of the cold war. He was a member of a group selected as Air Crew of the Year. He retired in 1968 after 22 years and more than 20,000 hours of flight time in the service to his country.

He was a HAM radio operator for more than 40 years and often built or repaired radios in his spare time; his call sign was KA7FXW. After retiring he became a highly accomplished Subaru mechanic and continued tinkering in his garage until just before his death.

He is survived by his wife of 59 years, Janeth "Jan"; children, Becky (Jim) Taylor of Washington, Linda (Roy) Bridgmon of Oregon, Michael (Elena) Puerner, Bobbi (Tom) Boutwell and LeAnn Higgs, all of Arizona, and David (Sarah) Puerner of Alaska; 13 grandchildren; and four great-grandchildren.

He was laid to rest on Oct. 21 with full military honors, after being escorted by the Oregon State Chapter of the Patriot Guard to Willamette National Cemetery in Portland.

Contributions are suggested to Evergreen Aviation and Space Museum in McMinnville. Information on donating can be found at www.sprucegoose.org/museum/contribute.

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