Bob was a Funeral Director in Coulee Dam for a period. He took pride in assisting with the customs and traditions of Native American funerals He was also a local businessman for many years and owned several businesses within Okanogan and Spokane counties. He served his community as an Okanogan County Commissioner in the 1980s, and was a Past Master of the Masonic Lodge in Tonasket prior to its merger with the Aurora Lodge in Oroville. He was also a member of the Scottish Rite of Freemasonry, and the El Katif Shrine. He was 1997 Oroville Citizen of the Year and 2003 Oroville Businessman of the Year. He was an over 60 year member of the Tonasket American Legion Post. Bob was a hunter and loved fishing the lakes and streams of the beautiful Okanogan County.
Bob was the last of 14 siblings and is survived by his wife Margaret of Oroville; daughters Karen Hirst of Spokane and Jody (Nick) Michel of Tonasket; sons Ron (Bonnie) Hirst of Tonasket, Mark (Louise) Hirst of Pensacola, Florida and Randy (Moira) Hirst of Tonasket. He is also survived by many nieces, nephews, grandchildren and great grandchildren. He was dearly loved and will be missed.
A service will be held for Bob at 2 p.m. Saturday, September 24, 2016 at the Oroville United Methodist Church, 908 Fir Street, Oroville, Washington, with Pastor Leon Alden and the Oroville Aurora Masonic Lodge officiating. A Luncheon will follow at the church.
In Lieu of flowers, the family has suggested donations be made to the Tonasket Community Pool Project and/or The North Valley Extended Care Activities Department.
Bergh Funeral Service and Crematory is in care of arrangements.